When proposal time comes around the pressure of finding the perfect ring begins to set in, with so many options available deciding what to purchase can be overwhelming. Choosing a ring to wear for the rest of your life is a big task, luckily there are plenty of tips to help you make this important decision.
Stay True to Yourself
While diamonds are traditional they may not be your idea of the perfect setting for an engagement ring. Remember that your ring is a symbol of your unique love and companionship and should be a true representation of who you are. Don’t shy away from a setting that you love simply because it isn’t the mainstream idea of an engagement ring. Be honest with yourself and your partner about what you truly desire, as this ring will be a lifelong commitment and symbol of your marriage.
- Take other stones into consideration such as ruby, sapphire, emerald or pearl. Sapphires and rubies are tough enough to stand up to daily wear and provide a one of a kind look that will be beautiful for years to come.
- You can also combine non traditional settings with diamonds, a diamond encrusted band with a colored gem for the centerpiece creates a personalized ring that is all about you.
Remember the 4 C’s
The 4 C’s are what classifies the value of a diamond or gem and the combination of these four aspects will define the overall beauty and value of your setting.
- Cut – A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance and shine. Each facet acts to disperse light, meaning the cut may be the most important aspect of a diamond’s beauty. Cut and shape are different things. Stones can be found in a variety of shapes, ranging from a classic round shape or heart shape to my personal favorite — the princess cut.
- Color – Diamond colors are graded starting with the letter D for colorless and ranging through the letter Z meaning progressively more yellow. Colored diamonds are becoming increasingly more popular but rarer colors will cost you more.
- Clarity – Internal imperfections are called ‘inclusions’ and can present as small cracks or dark spots in the stone while external flaws are called ‘blemishes’. The more brilliant a diamond is the more it’s worth. It’s possible to find a stone with imperfections only visible under magnification, meaning to the naked eye they appear perfect but cost much less than a real flawless gem.
- Carat – The size of your stone depends on personal preference, but going for a bigger gem while compromising cut or clarity will result in a diamond that is larger but less beautiful. To stretch your ring money as far as possible search for gems that are ‘under size’, which weigh just under a cut off weight. For instance, a 0.45 carat will look essentially the same to the naked eye as a half carat but will cost less.
Take Inspiration from Friends and Family
Looking to your loved ones for inspiration is a great way to get a solid idea of what you really want in a ring. Maybe you’ve always loved your great aunt’s ring and want something to mirror her vintage style, or maybe your best friends hideous ring has shown you exactly the style you’d like to avoid — either way, looking at other rings will help you narrow down the possibilities and find something just right for you.
Select a Shape
The shape you choose depends on your personal preference and what you want from your ring. Focus on what aspects are important to you.
- If sparkle is high on your list of priorities consider a round shape or princess shape, as these cuts have the most facets and will reflect the most light.
- For a special look try an interesting shape such as pear, heart or oval. To create something truly one of a kind consider combining different shapes or colors of gems.
Select a Metal
- Platinum is highly favored for engagement ring metal, but more expensive and slightly heavier than gold — you’ll notice the weight difference on your finger.
- White gold looks similar to platinum with a simple and classic look, and the bright shine accentuates diamonds in the band. White gold is also extremely durable and scratch resistant.
- Rose gold is beautiful and trendy, plus it will add color to your collection. Rose gold will make any colored stones pop, drawing attention to your gorgeous ring.
Your engagement ring is just as personal and unique as your love story and in the end only you can decide what perfect means, but keeping these tips in mind will give you some shopping guidelines and help take a little bit of the stress out of finding your ideal ring.