Educate Yourself

What Ring Size Do I Get?

 

Taking an accurate measurement of your finger is best assessed when your hands are warm. Cold hands mean your fingers are at their smallest, which can result in rings becoming too tight as your hands warm up. Make sure the finger you are measuring is the one on which you plan to wear the ring, as fingers on opposite hands can be different sizes. If your finger size falls between two ring sizes, always default to the larger one. Don’t forget to keep knuckle size in mind. If your knuckles are larger than the base of your finger, choose a ring that comfortably fits over your knuckle. Another way to assess your own ring size is to measure your finger with a strip of paper. Start by cutting out a 3/4-inch wide strip of paper. Wrap the paper around the base of the intended finger, and then mark where the paper overlaps. Use a ruler to measure the length of paper in millimeters.

There are many free printable ring sizing guides using a simple internet search. If you’re unsure of a ring size, our experts advise a size 6. Milan On 47th can easily resize any ring after any purchase. We also offer a ring sizer that we can ship directly to you.

 

Common Terms

A diamond cut is a style or design guide used when shaping a diamond for polishing such as the brilliant cut. Cut does not refer to shape (pear, oval), but the symmetry, proportioning and polish of a diamond. Symmetry is an important element of diamond finish. Symmetry refers to the exactness of the shape and arrangement of facets. This includes naturals, misshapen facets and extra facets, off center culets and tables, wavy and out of round girdles, misalignment of crown and pavilion facets. Diamond polish influences how well light is able to pass through a diamond. It is a very important attribute in determining a diamond's overall brilliance. When choosing a diamond, it is best to pick one that is GIA certified with good, very good or excellent polish.

Carat is the unit of measurement used to describe the weight of diamonds. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams, or 0.007 ounces. Five carats equals 1 gram, and 141.7 carats equals 1 ounce. Carat weight is commonly expressed in points or fractions.

The diamond color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value.

GIA’s D-to-Z diamond color-grading system measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to masterstones of established color value.

 

Many of these diamond color distinctions are so subtle that they are  invisible to the untrained eye; however, these distinctions make a very big  difference in diamond quality and price.

Colorless - D,E,F

Near Colorless - G,H,I J

Faint - K,L,M

Very Light - N,O,P,Q,R

Light - S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z

Clarity

Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes.’ Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value.

Flawless

No inclusions and no blemishes visible at 10x.

 

Internally Flawless

Polish lines (blemishes left on the diamond during the polishing process) are located in the pavilion of this diamond.

 

VVS1

Pinpoint (mineral crystal trapped inside of the diamond during growth that appears as a tiny speck at 10x magnification) is visible only through the pavilion of this diamond.

 

VVS2

Pinpoint is visible only through the crown of this diamond.

 

VS1

Crystal is visible in the table facet of this diamond.

 

VS2

Crystal is visible in the table facet of this diamond.

 

SI1

Crystal is visible through the crown of this diamond.

 

SI2

Feathers are visible through the crown of this diamond.

 

I1

Crystal is visible through the table facet of this diamond. Pinpoints, a feather and a cloud (milky area composed of a number of pinpoints) are also present.

 

I2

Feather breaks across the pavilion of this diamond and is visible through the crown. Clouds are also present.

I3

Feathers break on both the crown and pavilion of this diamond. Crystals are also present. The GIA Diamond Clarity Scale has 6 categories, some of which are divided, for a total of 11 specific grades.

 

  • 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 but not by the naked eye.

 

  • Included (I1, I2, and I3)

Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance