When you finally find the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with, you likely feel a rush to get engaged as soon as possible. Getting engaged is one of the most joyful times in a person’s life but, you should never rush an important purchase like buying an engagement ring.
Your love will be wearing that ring for many years so you will want to take the time and care to get the best quality diamond that they will cherish for years to come. Choosing a diamond engagement ring for your partner can feel overwhelming with all the different choices on the market. Before you buy, it’s important to know what you are looking for and how to tell if you are getting the quality that you are paying for.
Engagement rings come in all shapes and sizes. From a single solitaire super ideal cut diamond to a charming gemstone halo cut surrounded by dazzling stones. We have put together a few guidelines to help you find the perfect ring for your perfect love and end up with a stone that is as flawless as your love.
Set Your Budget
You may imagine getting down on one knee to propose with a heart-stopping diamond that will overwhelm your fiance but that’s not likely a realistic goal for most budgets. Before you go shopping it’s important to have a set budget in mind so that you can work with retailers to narrow down your choices.
Do Your Research
If you have never bought diamonds before you probably don’t know what to look for as far as quality. Take some time before you head out to a jeweler to educate yourself on the basics of diamond quality ratings. You will need to understand the basic principles of the 4 C’s of diamond classification.
- Carat: This describes the total weight and size of the diamond
- Cut: This describes the specific shape that a diamond is cut in
- Clarity: This describes how well you can see through the stone – the clearer the stone the higher the quality.
- Color: This describes the amount of discoloration in the stone. High-quality stones have little or no color.
Choose A Metal
An engagement ring is meant to stand the test of time so the metal that you choose for your band should be quality material. Strong metals like golds, titanium, platinum and tungsten are popular choices that will hold up well over years of wear and tear.
Know The Size
Once you have proposed it will be tough to ask your intended to give up their ring so that it can be sent back for resizing. Try to find out their ring size before you go shopping. If you want to keep things a surprise there are a few ways that you can find out their size under the radar. Borrow an existing ring that they wear and trace the inside or fit it on your finger to gauge the fit. It’s always better to get a slightly larger size if you are unsure to make refitting easier.
Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming. Make sure that you arm yourself with the right knowledge and expectations to ensure that you end up with a stunning ring that is worth the investment and will make all your love’s dreams come true.
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