Today we are excited to have a new guest blogger on the blog sharing some great tips on choosing the perfect engagement ring. So if you are a guy and are getting ready to pop the question, this is a blog you will want to read before you go out in search of the perfect ring for your bride to be!
Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring: Essential Factors to Consider
by Brianna Blackham
Asking your beloved to become your wife can be very exciting. However, it can also be very daunting. Fortunately, looking for the perfect ring does not have to be as nerve-wracking. Narrow down your options by keeping the following key guidelines in mind.
1. Consider your budget
Before you figure out all the other details, you need to decide on the amount you are willing to shell out first and foremost. Some traditions dictate that saving at least a good two months for the ring would be ideal. However, if you are more practical as opposed to traditional, it would be a sound idea to go for something you can afford, as there will be other financial considerations you need to take care of once you start your life together.
If you can’t wait to propose but you don’t think you can afford to buy a really fancy ring at the moment, it would be a good idea to consider giving her something that is within your price range first and give her an extravagant one as soon as you can afford it. Fortunately, more often than not, jewelers often have rings that will suit everyone’s price range.
2. Figure out her style
If you want to impress your girl, go the extra mile. Case in point; opt for a ring that will reflect both her taste and preference. If you don’t have the slightest idea as to what she likes, you can casually ask her about it (if you play your part well, she won’t notice!). Or if not, you can ask family members and friends as to what her preference may be.
You can also get an idea from her taste in jewelry and clothes. Does she prefer contemporary, classic or way out there fashion? Chances are, that’s how she wants her engagement ring to be, too.
3. Choose the right cut
Understandably, diamond rings have been the choice of many since time immemorial. There are various ways diamonds are cut. However, you need to keep in mind that the type of cut you choose can have a dramatic impact on its sparkle. If you want a cut that produces the most sparkle, the brilliant (or round) cut is your perfect choice. If you want the stone to appear bigger, an oval cut would be ideal.
Below is a guide to some of the most common cuts available at your disposal. When choosing, keep in mind that the perfect cut is just as important as the stone’s weight, color and even clarity.
4. Pick the right gemstone and setting
The piece that keeps the gemstone in place is called the setting. The feature piece, sometimes referred to as the ‘rock’ is the gemstone. Undeniably, the right combination of setting and gemstone can produce a piece worthy of admiration. For instance, if you want to bring about contrast, you can go for a gold band with a platinum setting. While many assume the bigger the stone, the better the ring will be, such is not always the case.
As a general rule of thumb, it is always best to go for whatever it is that you know will suit your significant other’s personality and taste more than anything else.
5. Choose a reliable jeweler
Let’s crush a common misconception here: Expensive is not always synonymous to ideal. In other words, when choosing a jeweler, rather than automatically opting for someone highly popular, choose one that is registered with an organization, society or association that certifies and regulates jewelers.
It will also work to your advantage if you put your savvy research skills to the test by checking reviews posted by previous clients online so you can effectively weigh your options.
Undoubtedly, finding the perfect engagement ring is no easy feat. However, as long as you keep the fundamentals in mind, finding the consummate symbol of your affection becomes relatively easier.
Brianna Blackham writes on a variety of subjects and maintains to develop her passion for writing. As an enthusiast in jewelry, Brianna includes writing about jewelry designs in her work. She is a freelance writer in Diamond Emporium – exquisite collection of personalised diamond engagement rings and unique diamond jewelry.