Engagement Rings

Engagement Rings in West Virginia

2 Carat Round Cut Lab Grown Diamond Moissanite Engagement Ring

If you are looking for the best engagement rings in the West Virginia area, then Melina Jewelry is the perfect place to find that perfect engagement ring to give when proposing to your future wife.

As an online jewelry store that specializes in engagement rings, Melina Jewelry gives you the largest selection of stunning natural diamond engagement rings, lab grown diamond engagement rings, moissanite engagement rings and gemstone engagement rings. Couple that with our fast, free FedEx shipping, our 30 day money-back guarantee, ample customization options and our unbeatable, world class personalized customer service you will see why Melina Jewelry is fast becoming the go-to online jewelry store for smart engagement ring shoppers in West Virginia.

Natural Diamond Engagement Rings

Natural diamond engagement rings are the go-to, classic choice when it comes to marriage proposals in West Virginia. Timeless, beautiful and with a sparkling aura of elegance, natural diamond engagement rings will dazzle and impress like no other ring. While diamond engagement rings are the most expensive choice, you have options with which to buy one that is impressive and beautiful, without hurting your budget too much.

If you choose a diamond ring that has a center stone which is a little smaller than the traditional 1 carat diamond, the price will drop significantly and the diamond will still be quite large and noticeable to both her and her friends. The typical 1 carat diamond used in most engagement rings will be 6.5 mm in diameter (for round cut diamonds). But if you choose a smaller diamond, say 5.5 mm, the price will drop significantly and yet the overall size will look great. If you really want to have a ring where the center diamond looks larger and the overall ring has additional sparkle, then choose to have the smaller, more budget-friendly center diamond surrounded by a halo and small diamonds. This make the entire diamond engagement ring look much bigger and you have the additional benefit of a much more sparkling ring.

How to Choose a Diamond

A natural diamond center stone is the safest yet most expensive option. Choosing the right diamond can be difficult as there are several diamond attributes that affect a diamond s price beyond the carat size. We ll look at the main diamond attributes now:

Carat

The carat weight of a diamond is the metric that indicates diamond weight. One metric carat is defined as 200 mg. Each carat is also subdivided into 100 points. This allows jewelers to precisely measure a diamond s weight down to the hundredth decimal place. Many jewelers refer to the weight of diamonds that are below one carat by stating points alone. For example, if a jeweler says that a diamond is a twenty-five pointer, then the diamond weighs 0.25 carats. Not surprisingly, the larger the carat weight, the more expensive the diamond will be. Most engagement rings that have diamond center stones will be between 0.60 and 1.75 carats.

Color

Each diamond is given a color in a rating system that ranges from D to Z. A D color is the most white while the further down the letter scale you go, the more colored and darker the diamond gets.

The colors D, E and F are usually considered the most white diamonds, while G and H are often chosen by people who still want close to a purer white but wish to pay less for the diamond. While often overlooked, colors I, J and K can get you a beautiful diamond that is very close to being a true white and cost much less, since you may have a hard time seeing any color when looking at it with an untrained eye. These lower color diamonds can be great, especially if you buy a yellow gold band which helps mask any yellow or color that may slightly tint the diamond.

Once you find some photos of engagement rings that you like, you can start approaching jewelers to start getting some idea of what it will cost to make an engagement ring like that. Armed with your budget range and the photos of engagement rings styles that you like, this will help a jeweler get you a price quote and to give you an estimate on how long it will take to make the ring.

Clarity

Diamond clarity refers to the absence of inclusions and blemishes. As diamonds are being formed, they undergo tremendous heat and pressure that can cause flaws inside and on the surface of the diamond. Inclusions refer to flaws that appear within the diamond while blemishes are those that are found on the surface of the diamond.

Diamonds are rated on clarity on a scale that goes from Flawless (no inclusions or blemishes) all the way to Included (much more noticeable inclusions and blemishes).

The scale, according to the GIA website is:

  • Flawless (FL) No inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification
  • Internally Flawless (IF) No inclusions visible under 10x magnification
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) Inclusions so slight they are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) Inclusions are observed with effort under 10x magnification, but can be characterized as minor
  • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification
  • Included (I1, I2, and I3) Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance

The price of a diamond is much higher as you go up the scale into the VS, VVS, IF and FL ranges, while the price can be lower (all other things considered) as you head down to the SI and I end of the scale.

Cut

The cut of a diamond is often thought to be what the main shape of the diamond is (round, oval, cushion, etc.) but it actually refers to the way the diamond interacts with light. The proportion, symmetry and polish of a diamond will either enhance or detract from the way light interacts with a diamond and this ultimately affects its value.

What is a Typical Diamond That People Choose

When most people who know diamonds go out to buy one, they usually ask for a diamond that has F color and is also of VS clarity. These two attributes are most common when clients chat with us regarding diamonds that they are interested in.

When choosing a natural diamond engagement ring, you can save some money by lowering the purchase price by selecting a diamond that has a slightly less white color, like a G color, and choosing a clarity of SI instead of VS. Just these two small changes could save you lots of money.

Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Rings

Lab Diamonds are actually real diamonds. They have the same makeup and structure as naturally mined diamonds. The only difference is whereas a natural diamond grew deep within the earth, under enormous temperatures and pressures over millions of years, lab diamonds were made in a lab where the whole process was sped up.

These lab grown diamonds are every bit as sparkling and beautiful as the natural diamonds with one exception: they cost much less. Being much more affordable means that people can now get a lab grown diamond engagement ring with a much larger stone than they ever could afford previously. In addition, lab grown diamond engagement rings are becoming all the rage now. With many people won over, not only with the lower price, but with the fact that these lab diamonds are so much more environmentally and socially friendly than mined diamonds.

These lab grown diamonds are priced in the same way as natural diamonds (Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity. See above), so when you are choosing a lab diamond engagement ring, you should be looking at finding the best combination of carat size, color and clarity in order to maximize the wow-factor of the diamond and to also stretch your budget to the max. Contact us to find out more or to ask us about the diamond ring that you are looking for.

Moissanite Engagement Rings

Moissanite engagement rings have been popular alternatives to diamond engagement rings for several years now. This is mainly because of their lower price and their natural sparkle and beauty. Moissanites are nearly as hard and durable as diamonds (rating 9.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, compared to 10 for diamonds), so they will definitely last years even with daily wear and abuse.

Also, and perhaps more surprisingly, moissanites actually have more sparkle than diamonds. Moissanite have more ‘Fire’ compared to diamonds which make them very sparkly and showy. While diamonds have a white-color and more subdued flashes of brilliance, moissanites have a more colorful fire and flash often. For some people, this is a bit of a negative, while for others they love how sparkly their moissanite engagement rings are.

Buying Your Engagement Ring

We hope that this article has helped you in getting to know your options when it comes to buying an engagement ring. With so many options, and with so many terms that may not be obvious to everyone, it is important to have as much information to help you when you are making such an important and expensive purchase.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to chat.

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