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How to Choose the Perfect Diamond for Your Engagement Ring


Choosing the perfect diamond can be an overwhelming task, especially when you're looking to make this special moment unforgettable. With countless options and terminology like GIA, inclusions, and luminescence, it's essential to have a clear understanding of what to look for. At Devam, we'll walk you through the process of selecting the best diamond for your engagement ring, ensuring that you make a wise and memorable choice.

  1. Understanding the 4Cs: Carat, Cut, Color, and Clarity

    When it comes to diamonds, the 4Cs are your best friends. Let's break down what these terms mean and how they can help you choose the ideal diamond for your engagement ring:

    • Carat: Carat refers to the diamond's size. While a larger diamond is eye-catching, remember that a smaller diamond with an excellent cut can shine equally brilliantly.

    • Cut: The cut of a diamond is the main factor in its brilliance and sparkle. A well-cut diamond will have perfectly proportional facets to capture and reflect light beautifully.

    • Color: Diamonds come in various shades, from colorless to light yellow or brown. For an engagement ring, it's usually desirable choose a diamond with minimal color, typically in the D-E-F range for a bright and white appearance, however a colored stone offers a unique charm and elegance.

    • Clarity: Clarity assesses the presence of internal or external flaws, known as inclusions and blemishes. Look for diamonds with minimal imperfections, usually in the VS1-VS2 range, as these will often be flawless to the naked eye. Explore our Interactive Diamond Guide Here.

  2. The GIA Certification

    GIA stands for the Gemological Institute of America, the most respected authority in diamond grading. When choosing an engagement ring diamond, it's crucial to select one that comes with a GIA certification. This certification provides you with an unbiased and accurate assessment of the diamond's 4Cs, ensuring the authenticity and value of what you are buying.

  3. Diamond Shape and Style

    Diamond shape plays a significant role in the overall look and feel of the engagement ring. Popular diamond shapes include round, princess, cushion, oval, and emerald, however the number of possible shapes is endless. Consider your partner's personal style and preferences when choosing the shape of the diamond to make sure it complements their taste. Not sure what they like? Look at their Pinterest boards or ask one of their friends, it's quite possible they've already talked about it!

  4. Setting and Metal Choice

    The setting and metal of the engagement ring can greatly impact the diamond's appearance. Common choices for metals include white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum. The setting can also influence the ring's design, with options like solitaire, halo, or vintage-inspired settings.

  5. Budget Considerations

    Determine your budget beforehand to help narrow down your options. Remember that a smaller diamond with exceptional quality can be more valuable and breathtaking than a larger one with lesser characteristics.

  6. Customization and Personalization

    To make the engagement ring truly special, consider adding unique details. At Devam, we hand-craft each and every engagement ring, this gives us the freedom to customize your ring to their exact liking, without the additional costs of machine-based manufacturing.

  7. Ethical and Sustainable Choices

    Unfortunately, the diamond industry has a history with unethical practices and conflicted methods of mining. At Devam, we are proud to be one of the few exclusive partners of the Nambia mines, where we source all our diamonds. As certificate holders of the Kimberly Process, we are also proud to say that ALL our diamonds are certified-conflict-free.



Choosing the best engagement ring diamond involves a thoughtful process, considering the 4Cs, GIA certification, personal style, budget, and ethical considerations. By understanding these factors and taking your time to explore the options, you can find the perfect diamond to symbolize your love and commitment. If you're looking to explore more online, visit our interactive Love and Engagement page.

Ready to see them in person? Our team of Devam Design Specialists would be happy to assist you! You can book a call or showroom appointment with our team HERE.

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