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You’ve decided to pop the question and may even have the proposal plans all mapped out, but now you’re about to face the real challenge….picking the perfect engagement ring. Choosing a ring that she’ll fall head over heels in love with can be anything but simple and straightforward, especially if you are new to the world of diamond jewelry. However, you’ve come to the right place.
This guide will walk you through the basics of how to choose an engagement ring, and even includes some helpful tips for saving time and money when making your purchase.
Step #1: Set a Budget
One of the most important engagement rings tips is to set a realistic budget from the start. This will help you to determine the size of the diamond you can afford, as well as the quality. If you’re on a tight budget, then look for jewelry sales or opt for a smaller carat, or possibly one that may not rank as high on the diamond color grading scale.
Step #2: Determine Which Styles She Prefers
There are a number of different types of engagement rings. While one woman might like a “princess” cut, another might prefer a “pearl” shape diamond. So, you’ll want to find out which your soon-to-be fiancé likes before you make your decision. Ask her friends and family members which she might fall in love with, or see which other types of jewelry she already owns. Doing this can offer you a guide for which engagement ring she’ll prefer.
Step #3: Find a Reputable Jewelry Dealer
The most essential aspect of buying an engagement ring is finding a reputable jeweler who will be able to provide you with a certificate of authenticity (which you can use for appraisal purposes). You will also want to choose a retailer who offers high quality rings at a fair price. Shop around, search online, and don’t be afraid to go into a number of jewelry stores to look at different engagement rings. Ask questions about guarantees, resizing fees, and even yearly ring maintenance packages.
Step #4: Pay Attention to the Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat of the Diamond
The four C’s of diamond grading are all-important when choosing an engagement ring. The cut of the diamond is what dictates its brilliance and sparkle, or how it reflects light. The color of the diamond refers to the lack of color within the stone itself. For example, if a diamond is colorless, than it doesn’t possess any brown or yellow shading whatsoever, but it also comes with a higher price tag. The carat size is the weight of the diamond, and the clarity is the amount of flaws (or inclusions) that the stone possesses.
Step #5: Consider the Practicality and Aesthetic Appeal of the Ring
In addition to the look of the ring, you’ll also want to think about its practicality. Will it be too large for your future fiancé to wear every day? Does the cut and setting of the ring match her lifestyle? For example, if she’s always on-the-go, she may prefer a smaller, more compact, diamond that won’t get in the way.
Additional Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring
Don’t forget to find out her ring size. Be sure to find out her ring size before making your purchase, as this will help to avoid resizing the ring later on. Not to mention that she will be able to wear the ring right after you propose, rather than having to wait until it’s refitted to her size at the jeweler.
Know some basic terms. A basic part of knowing how to choose an engagement ring is learning key terminology. Here are just a few terms that you’ll want to commit to memory:
- The “band” of the ring is the precious metal that makes up the circular part that will wrap around her finger. Typically, engagement ring bands are made of silver, gold, or platinum.
- The “setting” is what holds the gemstone firmly in place. There are two common setting types: pronged (which fits around the stone) and invisible (which attaches the stone to the band from underneath).
- The “certificate” states the gemstone’s grading scale, which reflects its clarity, color, cut, and carat weight. It basically proves its authenticity and serves as proof of the ring’s quality and value.
With these helpful tips, choosing the perfect ring doesn’t have to be a challenge. Just remember to do a bit of research beforehand so that you can save yourself time and money in the long run. Above all else, go with your instinct when choosing the ideal engagement ring and pick the one that not only features a style she’ll love, but a price tag that you can live with.
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