Three Stone Diamond Ring Buying Guide

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Three Stone Diamond Ring Buying Guide

Diamond rings are rich with symbolism, and it is for this very reason that diamond rings, rather than other jewellery, are so popular as engagement and anniversary ring options. The circular shape of the ring itself symbolises eternity, without beginning or end, an idea which is reinforced by the tough and durable nature of diamonds. In the case of three stone diamond rings, the three stones symbolise past, present, and future, adding even more depth to an engagement or anniversary ring.

Three stone diamond rings are available in jewellery stores, as well as online via eBay, where sellers offer a remarkable selection of unique pieces. When buying a three stone diamond ring, it is important to be aware of the quality of the stones used, as well as the metal that the ring is comprised of. Doing so will make it possible to make an informed decision, which is always ideal, especially for those who are operating on a budget.

Diamond Quality

Buyers of a three stone diamond ring, have an advantage over those who choose a solitaire ring because a three diamond ring does not require a large single diamond, which can be expensive. Instead, the buyer can select three smaller stones of better quality, but since they are smaller, may have a lower price. It is factors like these that are so important to know when buying any kind of diamond jewellery, but especially in a ring with multiple stones. Diamond quality is gauged not only by the size of the stone, known as carat, but by the cut, colour, and clarity as well. Together, these factors are known as the four C's.

Carat

Carat refers to the weight of a diamond rather than the size or thickness of it. A carat weighs 200 milligrams, which is relatively large for a diamond. For this reason, diamonds used in jewellery are often found weighing half a carat or less. Since larger diamonds that are clear enough to be used as jewellery are rare, larger stones become more and more expensive as the carat number increases. A stone weighing a single carat can be far more expensive than three stones that, together weigh a carat or more.

Cut

The cut of a diamond refers not to its shape, but to the way it is cut. In other words, if a diamond is cut in a  precise way so as to allow light to reflect within the diamond and exit through the visible face of the diamond so that it creates a lustre, then it is said to be a good cut. A proper cut is all about angles and the depth of the diamond. Professional jewellers will rank an individual gem in terms of cut. The rankings are as follows: Ideal, Premium, Very Good, Good, and Fair/Poor.

Colour

While diamonds are all transparent, there are variations in colour that has an effect on diamond quality. This is not to say that diamonds come in all the colours of the rainbow, rather, they generally range somewhere from perfectly white to having a distinct yellow colour. The yellowness of the colour is graded and assigned a ranking. Each ranking is given a letter of the alphabet, with D, E, and F, indicating pure white, and each subsequent letter indicating a decrease in colour quality, with X being final ranking. In many cases, the colour of a diamond can be minimised by placing it in a metal with a corresponding colour, such as yellow gold.

Clarity

The final aspect of diamond quality is clarity. All diamonds are likely to have at least microscopic flaws and imperfections in them, known as 'inclusions'. Inclusions can refer to the presence of other minerals, as well as air bubbles and tiny cracks. Inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, greatly reduce the value of an individual diamond.

Ring Metals

Aside from the diamond, the most important part of a ring is the band and the setting. Both of these are usually made from one precious metal or another. For the most part, gold is the preferred option, but platinum and silver are also used. In some cases, engagement rings are made with titanium or tungsten carbide, but such rings seldom include diamonds.

Gold

Gold is a popular and useful metal for making rings. Gold does not corrupt like other metals, meaning that it is not prone to rust or to tarnish. In fact, the incorruptible nature of gold is often cited as a reason for using it in an engagement ring. As the gold is free from tarnish or rust, so too is the love that the ring symbolises. Gold, however is a very soft metal, which means that in its pure form, is not ideal for jewellery as it would become damaged or bent out of shape due to body heat and the hazards of everyday life. To combat this softness, gold is mixed with other metals in order to form a harder alloy. Gold is mixed with a number of different metals, including copper, silver, palladium, zinc, and nickel.

Gold Quality

When gold is mixed with another metal to increase hardness and durability, the quantity of pure gold found in the alloy is measured in karats. This measurement is used to measure a percentage, rather than a weight as is the case with diamonds.

Karat

Gold Percentage

24

100

23

95.83

22

91.67

21

87.50

20

83.33

19

79.17

18

75

17

70.83

16

66.67

15

62.50

14

58.33

13

54.17

12

50

11

45.83

10

41.67

9

37.50

8

33.33

7

29.17

6

25

5

20.83

4

16.67

3

12.5

2

8.333

1

4.167

The most popular karats of gold used for jewellery are 18 karat gold and 14 karat gold.

Gold Colour

The colour of gold is also affected by the addition of other metals. While some mixtures allow gold to retain its regular yellow state, other mixtures will result in the highly popular white gold, which looks more like silver or platinum in appearance, and rose gold, which has a reddish hue. White gold may actually be more expensive than yellow or rose gold if it is made using silver.

Platinum

Platinum is a unique and very rare metal that is rather expensive, and therefore popular for diamond rings. Platinum does not tarnish in the way that silver does, but it does react chemically with oxygen, which will create a patina over the metal that some find attractive. This patina can be removed by a jeweller if desired. Platinum is much harder than gold, so it is generally a pure mixture that is used for rings and other jewellery.

Silver

Silver is a cheaper precious metal that is more common than gold or silver. Pure silver is too soft for rings, but sterling silver is an alloy made of roughly 92 per cent silver. Sterling silver is hard enough to use for jewellery, which makes it quite popular, especially for three stone diamond rings that may use smaller stones that do not cost as much as a single large stone. Silver will tarnish over time, especially in humid conditions, but the tarnish can be removed with silver polish, which can be easily obtained in many places, including eBay.

Buying a Three Stone Diamond Ring on eBay

Diamond rings of all varieties are found on eBay, sold by people from all around the world. They are made  by artisans for different cultures, and different schools of how to make jewellery. Some of these three stone diamond rings are used, and have been worn before. Some might be antiques, and other might be brand new, ready to be worn for the first time. In order to find the optimal three stone diamond ring for an engagement, anniversary, or other event, a simple search for 'three stone diamond ring' in the search bar on the eBay home page will work very well. This search can be modified if necessary in order to assist buyers in finding exactly what they are looking for.

Examine Each Item Carefully

Reading the product description of a piece of jewellery can make it possible for buyers to find the exact history of an item, as well as learn if there are any flaws or potential damage. With the right information, a buyer can determine if a certain item is ideal for them or not. At the same time, a careful reading of seller feedback can make buying a ring much easier.

Conclusion

Three stone diamond rings, also known as 'trilogy', or 'trinity' rings, are quite popular as engagement or anniversary rings. The three stones may symbolise the past, present, and future of a romantic relationship, or three paired virtues. The meaning is up to the buyer, but there are some factors that should be universally acknowledged as important to buying a three stone diamond ring. First, the quality of any diamond should be examined before making a purchase.

Diamonds are rated according to four important characteristics; cut, colour, clarity, and carat otherwise known as the four C's. A thorough understanding of each will make it easier to find the perfect ring. This can also allow the user to save money, as three smaller stones of a certain weight may cost less than a single stone of the same weight. The metal used for the ring band is just as important as the diamond, and gold, in particular should be evaluated for quality before making a purchase. Understanding all of the factors that go into buying a three stone diamond ring will make the buying process much easier for anyone.

 
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