Congratulations on making the decision to buy an engagement ring! This is a big step! Shopping for, selecting and buying an engagement ring can be overwhelming for many people. Here are some tips for that to consider as you are shopping for that perfect ring:
- Decide on a Budget Deciding your engagement ring budget early can allow you to fully explore all your options when it comes to center gem characteristics and ring designs. There is no hard and fast rule about how much you “should” spend on an engagement ring. Just make sure you are spending what feels comfortable for you.
- Choose a Ring Style For guidance, think about the types of clothing and accessories your significant other tends to wear. This will give you clues as to what they will prefer. Also, think about what it is that you are interested in. Some options for ring styles include: classic, modern, glamorous, or a combination of those.
- Choose a Gemstone While diamonds are certainly the most classic engagement ring style, some people prefer something more unique or different. The second most popular gemstone behind diamonds is the sapphire. Diamonds and sapphires are also the hardest gemstones (Diamonds rank 10 and sapphires rank 9 on a 1-10 mineral grading scale called the Mohs scale of hardness). This helps them to hold up well with the everyday wear required of engagement rings. Sapphires cost less than diamonds, so choosing a center sapphire allows you to get a bigger gem for your budget. Although you probably think of sapphires as being a deep blue, they also come in yellow, pink, and a variety of other colors.
- Learn about the Four C’s Once you start your shopping, the Four C’s will get very familiar to you. If you and your partner are set on a diamond engagement ring it is important to know how diamonds are classified. The quality of a diamond is determined according the four Cs: carat, cut, clarity, and color. Striking a balance between these characteristics can help ensure you get the best diamond for your engagement ring.
- Cut – A diamond’s cut is directly related to the its overall beauty. When a diamond has been correctly cut, the diamond’s ability to reflect and refract light is greatly enhanced. By understanding the way that light moves through diamond crystals, modern diamond cutters have established a specific set of proportions and angles that are known to harness the diamond’s internal brilliance and to show it in its best light.
- Clarity – The presence of natural inclusions and blemishes on and within a diamond impacts its appearance and value. Inclusions may be crystals of a foreign material or structural imperfections such as tiny cracks, known as feathers, which can appear whitish or cloudy. Often times the inclusions are microscopic diamonds that were absorbed by the larger crystal before the diamond was carried to the surface of the Earth. The quantity, size, color, location, orientation, and visibility of inclusions all affect the final clarity grade of a diamond. Diamonds with no or few inclusions are considered particularly rare and highly valued.
- Color – A diamond’s color is caused by natural trace elements of nitrogen that were present when the diamond formed under the Earth’s crust. A diamond with less color will exhibit greater brilliance and fire, be considered rarer, and therefore be of more value.
- Carat – Carat is the most visually apparent factor when comparing diamonds. The carat is measure as the size of the diamond.
- Select a Gemstone Shape Diamonds are cut into ten standard shapes: Baguette, Cushion, Emerald, Heart, Marquise, Oval, Pear, Princess, Radiant, Round. You will start to determine which shape you prefer for your engagement ring.
- Choose a Precious Metal for the Ring The main choices of metal for engagement ring metals are platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Platinum and white gold are the most popular choices. These two metals look very similar, but platinum is more durable and costs about 50% more.
- Consider a Custom Ring If you’re an artistic type or if it’s important to you to propose with a ring that’s completely unique, consider collaborating with a jewelry designer to create a custom engagement ring. Diamond Castle can help you design the perfect custom ring.
- Consider Buying an Antique Ring Rings from earlier eras are often one-of-a-kind, and come with a sense of romantic history that many women love. As an added bonus, they generally cost less than a new ring of similar quality. Sometimes you may find a great option in the antique ring selections.
- Figure our her Ring Size This may be a tricky part! Determining her ring size without asking can be a challenge, but is not impossible. The most common women’s ring size is 6-6.5, and you want to err on the large side. Most rings can be resized, so check your jeweler’s resize policy.
Stop in Diamond Castle Jewelry and Coin and check out our engagement ring selection! And again, congratulations on the big day!