Things to look for when choosing the perfect engagement ring
Jan 13, 2017
THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING THE PERFECT ENGAGEMENT RING!
Getting engaged is one of the most important and emotional moments in your life. It is the first major step on the road to marriage which makes choosing the right engagement ring to symbolise your love together key. Your engagement ring exploring will show you many options to consider.
FIRST THINGS FIRST, BUDGET
When selecting an engagement ring, a great place to start is with your budget, this should be done before you even enter a store. You need to be realistic about what you can afford. But the age-old three-month’s salary rule is largely antiquated and unrealistic. Be smart and buy what makes financial sense for your individual situation.
FINDING THE RIGHT STYLE
An engagement ring is traditionally a gold ring set with a diamond. Nowadays however, there are many different options to choose from, which cater for a huge variety of tastes. Infusing her style into the design of the ring can be as easy as taking a look in her jewellery box or just take notice at what she wears. Think about her taste, lifestyle and her job, to determine what’s appropriate for her. Next time you pass a jewellery store, notice what rings styles catch her eye. Or turn her girlfriends into your accomplices to get some style insight. If all else fails, axe the surprise element and get her involved in the ring selection process. But give it some serious thought before doing this. Once you open that door, there’s no going back.
CARAT: SIZE DOES MATTER
According to experts, it most definitely does. For everyday wear you should buy the biggest diamond you can afford. While it’s awesome to have the great quality, you want something visible. So if your girl wants a big rock, splurge on size and skim on clarity.
SHAPES DO MATTER
Popularity holds a major influence in buying decisions when it comes to diamond shape. Round cuts are the market leader for sure. Cushion cuts (rounded corners with larger facets) and princess cuts (square or rectangular) are the next most popular. But don’t let trends be the driving force of your purchase. Shape should also be a reflection of the girl who’s wearing it. Round is definitely traditional. Princess cuts are very feminine. But cushion cuts are for someone who is trying to make a little more of a statement.
DECIDING BETWEEN GOLD OR PLATINUM BANDS
Want an engagement ring that’s beautiful and built to last? Platinum is much harder than gold. Gold will wear out faster and the claws holding the diamond need checking over the years to make sure they don’t loosen. But if your girl isn’t into the platinum look then adding platinum claws to a gold ring to maximize the strength of its setting.
ADDING A PERSONAL TOUCH
Including one of her or your grandmother’s diamonds will add sentiment and pay homage to heritage. But prepare yourself before hunting for grandmother’s antique ring, because it may not be in the best shape for re-use. Some old stones are pre-GIA certifications; so some of them use a much lower standard then what we would use now. Since classic stones, like pearl and opal, are fragile so many designers steer clear of using them when customizing engagement rings. One alternative to keep the same vintage theme in the setting is to use the same number and size of stones.