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7 Tips To Make Buying Engagement Rings In Hong Kong Easy

  • Hong Kong Living
  • 7 Tips To Make Buying Engagement Rings In Hong Kong Easy
  •  |  July 6, 2020

From carats to clarity, styles to settings, head to the best places to purchase an engagement ring in Hong Kong that will make her (or him) say yes

As a symbol of eternal love, an engagement ring is a precious jewelry piece the couples will wear for the rest of their married lives, hence it’s integral to get it right.

With a plethora of stones, cuts, settings, designs, brands and jewelers to choose from, it can be quite a challenge to select the right ring. Over the last few years, jewelers have seen a remarkable interest in diamonds in Hong Kong. For picky ring shoppers, Hong Kong is home to a host of fancy jewelry boutiques. These boutiques house various engagement ring styles and vast collections of stones.

On the hunt for the perfect engagement ring? This guide will come in handy for you.

Knowing Your Partner’s Style

Making sure the engagement ring suits your partner’s style is paramount as it’s a ring they will wear and treasure every day.

Determine your fiancée’s style by looking at the clothes and accessories she wears. A closet packed with structured blazers/primary colors probably indicates she likes minimalist jewelry and classic designs. A wardrobe consisting of printed dresses and bold-colored tops in unique cuts probably means she adores large cocktail rings, bold jewelry and  modern designs.

For minimalists, a timeless solitaire diamond in a prong ring setting may be a perfect choice. Other popular options are the classic Tiffany setting, the elegant split-shank setting, the slimming bar setting, and the sparkly pavé setting.

For modern brides, a three-stone setting may be the perfect choice because it’s more aesthetic. Other favored options are the cluster setting for that glistening effect and the double diamond setting for that extra sparkle.

Consider your partner’s lifestyle when choosing an engagement ring. If her job is hands-on, a chef for example, then a smaller diamond is practical. If she travels a lot, a lower carat would be ideal.

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The 4 C’s Of Diamond Quality

Each diamond is unique. Its size, shape, and brilliance are represented by time, place, and natural change that it was formed. In the middle of the 20th century, GIA created a global standard, the first universal criteria for judging a diamond’s quality. This standard, referred to as the 4 C’s, indicates a diamond’s Colour, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight.

As the founder of the Diamond 4 C’s, and the International Diamond Grading System, GIA is a trusted establishment for an unbiased assessment of diamonds.

Color And Clarity

The colour of a diamond establishes the value of the diamond. The clearer the diamond is, the higher its value. According to GIA, “a chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently has a higher value.” GIA created a D-Z grading system to evaluate the coolness of a diamond using controlled lighting and exact viewing conditions. D is the purest in color and the highest in value, while Z-graded diamond has a yellowish tone which makes it not as valuable as the rest.

Diamond clarity pertains to the stone’s absence of inclusions and blemishes. GIA diamond clarity scale has six types with a total of 11 grades. The diamonds are observed under a 10x magnification by a professional and skilled grader. Flawless (FL) category is free from blemishes and inclusions while Internally Flawless (IF) does not have any additions. Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) has some compositions that are a challenge to see while Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) havs minor additions observed. Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) has visible inclusions, and Included (I1, I2, and I3) has inclusions so noticeable that it affects the diamond’s brilliance.

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Cut And Shape

To help you determine which engagement ring is best to purchase, get to know the difference between diamond shape and cut.

A diamond’s cut refers to its symmetry and how well it has been cut and polished. The diamond-cut will affect the ring’s sparkle as it defines how the stone reflects light. The diamond-cut scale ranges from Excellent, Very Good, Good, to Fair. Excellent cut has a mirror-like facet and therefore produces the most magnificent sparkle. Very Good cut generates brilliance, a very high level of white light. Good cut seems somewhat darker in appearance with a lack of contrast whereas Fair results in light leakage through the bottom of the stone instead of from the top. 

A diamond’s shape refers to the stone’s form when you look at it from top to bottom. The shape can vary from Emerald, Heart, Oval, Round, Baguette, Pear to Princess, Cushion, Marquise, Asscher, and Trapeze. When choosing the diamond shape, consider your partner’s finger shape. Slim fingers will benefit from shapes such as Round, Princess, and Pear, while more chubby fingers can gain from slimming shapes such as Emerald, Marquise, and Baguette.

Carat Weight And Size

No two diamonds are created equal. Even two oval cut diamond rings do not look the same. When buying an engagement ring, the size of the diamond is often – if not always – the first thing that gets the attention of its wearer and its admirers, so it’s key to find a size that satisfies.

The term ‘carat’ pertains to the weight of the diamond, but is often mistakenly referred to as the stone’s size. The international standard is 200 milligrams, and diamonds can range from a fraction of a carat to several carats. A one-carat diamond is equal to 100 points, and a ½ carat diamond equals 50 points or 0.50 carats, for example.

As large diamonds are rare, they can be costly. Therefore, diamonds with higher carats have  hefty price tags. When there is more than one diamond in a setting – a three-stone ring, for example – the diamonds are weighed in terms of  ‘total carat weight’.

You may also opt to purchase a loose diamond, and choose the ring, metal, and setting later as a couple to make a special memory.

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Diamond Ring Setting

Ring settings have many kinds, offering you a smorgasbord of options that fit your partner’s style. From classic to avant-garde, there’s one that will surely tickle your fancy.

Prong Ring Setting

As the most popular ring setting, the Prong Engagement Ring offers a classic design with a small metal claw that holds the diamond in place, highlighting its grandeur and beauty. As it has a classic, minimalist design, this setting draws attention to the diamond itself.

Bezel Ring Setting

Often seen as the second most favored ring setting, the Bezel Engagement Ring provides a sleek design with a thin metal ring – often custom-made – that holds the diamond instead of prong. It’s ideal for those who lead an active lifestyle as the bezel setting protects the diamond from damages.

Split Shank Ring Setting

Ideal for both minimalists and maximalists, the Split Shank Engagement Ring has a split band that encircles the finger and holds the diamond. It offers the option of adding side diamonds or other stones, making the ring look extravagant and extra sparkly.

Three-Stone Ring Setting

Another classic engagement ring setting, the Three-Stone Engagement Ring makes use of diamonds or other gemstones of the same or varying sizes, making the whole style customization easier. This setting is said to represent the couple’s past, present, and future.

Where to Shop For Engagement Rings In Hong Kong

Now that you’ve established your partner’s style and the diamond’s features, it’s time to hunt that perfect engagement ring. Hong Kong offers a multitude of large jewelry boutiques, so finding a rare cut and shape can be a breeze.

Legendary: Chow Tai Fook

The largest jeweler in Asia – and one of the biggest in the world – with over 1,000 locations, Chow Tai Fook is a household name that rings familiar in the fine-jewelry scene. They have over 1,000 jewelry outlets in Mainland China and countless boutiques in Hong Kong. You’ll even find about two to three Chow Tai Fook boutiques along Nathan Road and Hennessy Road around Central. This jeweler only carries GIA and AGS-certified diamonds.

Grade-defying Clarity: Bee’s Diamonds

Award-winning jewelry brand, Bee’s Diamonds, purchases and stores its diamonds rather than sourcing them from the open market. They offer rings with clarity exceeding GIA standards, and their consultants also fly to Hong Kong’s regional neighbors for private appointments. It’s known for delivering not only outstanding grade diamonds but excellent customer service as well.

Sustainable Stones: The Diamond Library

Due to the environmental costs of traditional diamond mining, more and more jewelry shoppers are looking for sustainably-sourced diamonds. Shoppers will be glad to discover that The Diamond Library has a selection of lab-grown diamonds that are as magnificent as traditionally-sourced rocks.

Located at Harbour Center, the brand’s designs are curated by experts who have decades of industry experience and expertise. They also employ a team of concierges to educate the shoppers on the features of lab-grown diamonds.

Best Value: Diamond Registry

As Hong Kong’s premier diamond supplier since 1961, Diamond Registry is known for selling prized jewelry and stones at wholesale prices. Their boutique in Central accepts by-appointment-only visits for those who appreciate their GIA-certified selections of diamond jewelry. They are also the supplier for jewelers in New York and Hollywood because of their good value for money.

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Shopping For Engagement Rings Online

Visiting a jewelry boutique and selecting the criteria in-person takes time. If you are too busy to go to a mortar-and-brick jeweler, try Temptations, Tasaki, and Darry Ring. These online jewelers offer a curated selection of beautiful engagement rings available right at your fingertips.

Wrapping It Up

An engagement ring is a sign of eternal love and commitment. It is arguably the most crucial piece of jewelry anyone will ever purchase. It’s integral to get it right on the style, shape, cutting and ring-setting. Your partner’s fashion sense and lifestyle should help you determine the engagement ring design to go for.

Diamonds have four essential features that one should know – color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. These are universally-accepted criteria to identify a diamond’s value. Once you’ve understood the 4 C’s, it’s good to get familiar with different settings, shapes and cuts of an engagement ring. There are multiple shapes and cuts – timeless, modern as well as  contemporary – that will likely go with the style of your partner-to-be. Thankfully, Hong Kong is home to a myriad of jewelry brands and boutiques. Whether you’re looking to surpass GIA standards or a sustainably-sourced diamond, you will be able to get the right one for your partner.

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