How important is carat weight when viewing engagement rings in London?


How important is carat weight when viewing engagement rings


Asking your partner to marry you is one of life’s most precious moments. It is a celebration of love, and a memory that will be cherished for a lifetime. Whether choosing from the many engagement rings in London together with your partner, or on your own as part of a surprise, one thing is for sure – you’ll want to select a ring that will be loved and enjoyed for the many years ahead.


A good starting point will be to visit the many Hatton Garden jewellers that exist to gain an understanding of the 4C’s. This framework assesses the quality of a diamond through its colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. Perhaps the most well-known of the 4C’s is the carat weight of a diamond. Carat is the measurement of a diamond’s weight, as opposed to its size. This will become evident as you look at the many engagement rings Hatton Garden has to offer. An example is that a half carat round diamond might have a diameter of 5.1mm, yet a one carat stone (weighing 100% more) will only increase the diameter of the stone by a further 25%. Remember bigger does not necessarily mean better when it comes to diamonds, and so it is imperative to also ensure a high colour, clarity and cut.


Hatton Garden jewellers are regularly asked of the importance of carat weight. This is an entirely personal choice and one that differs greatly from customer to customer. Whereas some people would rather prioritise the weight of the stone for their budget, the majority would prefer to concentrate on the quality i.e. a higher colour, clarity and cut. Simply put, is it better to choose a larger diamond, or one that sparkles magnificently and has no hint of yellow? Finding a balance somewhere between these two is a popular choice.


It is fair to say that preferences towards the 4C’s differ from country to country but a particularly sought after characteristic when choosing engagement rings in London tends to be a high colour. Do remember to factor in to your decision-making the size of the hand relative to that of the stone you are thinking of. If your partner has small hands, choosing a stone with a particularly large carat weight might appear just that little bit too large on the finger. Likewise, for a lady with larger hands, a smaller diamond can become lost on the finger.


Rennie & Co specialises in the handcrafting of beautiful engagement rings in Hatton Garden. Our Hatton Garden jewellers will guide you through the process, answering any questions that you may have. To view our stunning jewellery pieces online click here. Alternatively our store opening hours can be found here.

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