Shopping for a unique engagement ring may seem daunting, but trust us, it isn’t rocket science! To help kick off your search, we have rounded up some easy steps to help you find the ideal engagement ring for the love of your life, guaranteed to make her say ‘YES’!
1. Size Matters!
The first thing you need to find out before going ring shopping is to know the size of her ring finger. The easiest way to do this is to trace the circumference of the inside and outside of the ring. If you can’t find an old ring to refer to, don’t fret. After all, what are friends for? You can get your beloved to try on one of your married friends’ rings to get a better idea of the size. And if it’s a surprise engagement you’re planning, you can get her friends and family to help you. While you’re at it, pick some hints from them on what her idea of the ideal ring is.
2. Figure out the Shape
The next important thing is finding out which diamond shape your significant other loves the most. The shape of the diamond is important, as it indicates the actual geometry of the stone, as opposed to the cut, which relates to the angles of the facets in the stone. There are quite a few stone shapes to choose from. The popular ones are round, marquise, princess, cushion, emerald, square, heart, pear and oval when it comes to engagement rings for women.
3. Know Her Style
We can’t say this enough! Make sure the ring you pick for your beloved complements her style. Try not to make a ballpark estimate as you then face the risk of disappointing her. You can get tips from her wardrobe, her existing jewelry, friends and family to know whether she prefers a classic, avant-garde or minimalist design.
4. Learn the 4 C’s – Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat
Diamonds are graded on the globally accepted standard for describing diamonds, which is also known as the 4 C’s. The 4 C’s stand for Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat.
When it comes to diamonds, looking for one with a ‘D’ grade which is Colorless is best. It is believed that the perfect diamond is one that is absolutely transparent with no hue. The Cut of the diamond is the second aspect you need to check while determining its beauty. It refers to the finish, symmetry, polish and proportions of the diamond. In fact, it is the cut of the diamond that creates that sparkle that the ladies can’t resist!
The third aspect is Clarity, which is extremely crucial, as it defines the flaws in the diamond. It is determined by the size, nature, number and location of internal inclusions and external blemishes. In layman’s language, this means that the clarity and purity of the diamond can be found out using 10X magnification. The last one is the Carat, which is all about the weight of the diamond. It simply means, the larger the diamond, the higher its carat. Owing to the rarity of large diamonds, they are more precious and expensive.
When out hunting for your perfect ring, you need to set your priorities right. If you have an extravagant budget for the ring, you can comfortably choose carat over cut, clarity and color.
5. Choose the Setting Wisely
A metal framework in which your stone is mounted can set the tone for the ring. It is all about getting the shape and the setting right. At this point, ensure that your choice represents the wearer and reflects her personal style.
6. Choice of Metal Matters
When it comes to the band, there are a variety of metals to choose from. The choice of metal has an impact on the ring. The popular ones are gold, platinum and white gold for engagement rings for women. Gold comes in several colors such as white, rose, yellow and green. Extremely durable and pure, platinum is a great choice for those who have sensitive skin.
7. How Much to Spend?
If this is one question that keeps coming up, it’s important that it is settled on from the beginning. This is also true as you are the only one that can truly answer and decide on your budget.
Pick a budget that makes the best sense to you. You should choose a ring that you can afford and be comfortable with. Look for credit options that allow you to make monthly payments based upon what you can comfortably afford.
8. Look for the Guarantee and Warranty Details
In case the ring needs to be repaired or adjusted, you will have to learn about its guarantee or warranty details. Be sure to save important receipts, warranties and other details safely.
9. Look for the Certificate of Appraisal
A certificate of authenticity will confirm the value and attributes of the diamond(s), and you will need it if you choose to insure your purchase.
10. Know the Return Policies
Find out if returns are welcome and if the jeweler you plan to purchase the ring from is accommodating. If you have to return the ring for some reason, figure out how to do it properly to save you from emotional as well as financial hassles later on. Hope these pointers leave you well-equipped for your life-changing purchase and make it your best buy! Ultimately, it is about love and making the whole experience worth remembering. So, don’t get too stressed and remember to have fun with the process!