Whether you’re going to be shopping for your ring with you partner, or simply passing this guide on to him as a heavy hint, it’s important that you and your significant other are informed when it comes to choosing the engagement ring. There are so many different styles of ring available on the market and it’s probably best not to go for the first thing you see.
Setting Your Budget
If possible, it’s best to discuss price with your partner before he blows a great deal of money on a ring. Engagement rings are known for being expensive, but it’s better to choose something that’s comfortably within your price range and avoid racking up debts before the wedding is even planned. Its important to look good on your wedding day by choosing the best bridal makeup artist.
The Four Cs
The factors that influence an individual diamond’s value and appearance are known as the ‘four Cs’ and include the cut, colour, clarity and carat of the diamond. Think about what you want from the stone, and choose a couple of factors to prioritize. If you’re after a smaller but very bright diamond, you’ll want to focus on the cut and clarity of the gem. For those interested in size, the carat (weight of the diamond) is the most important factor. The cut of the diamond is the only factor influenced by man, and a good cut will allow the diamond to look as bright and beautiful as possible. Diamonds vary (often imperceptibly) in colour and are graded accordingly. The most colourless diamonds are the most expensive, while yellower stones command lower prices. The clarity of a diamond refers to how clear the stone is. All diamonds have tiny flaws and imperfections within them, and they add character to the gem. Diamonds with fewer imperfections are more valuable.
Unusual Engagement Rings
If you really want to stand out from the crowd, you might wish to consider designing your own engagement ring from scratch. Retailers like Diamond Boutique offer a bespoke service so that you can control every element of the creation process and your engagement ring will be completely unique. An antique engagement ring is another great option for those who want something a little different, and there’s no rule against choosing stones other than diamonds. Diamonds coupled with emeralds, sapphires and rubies are becoming increasingly popular as customers branch out and move away from traditional settings and stones.