Is it about an ideal opportunity to go and find the perfect engagement ring for your spouse? Congrats! Purchasing a wedding band and preparing for the proposition is an insane energizing time, and it’s anything but difficult to become involved with the sentiment, yet recollect: a wedding ring is typically an impressive cost, so you need to ensure you do it right. Regardless of whether you’ll be investigating rings together or you’re taking off to shop (han solo) style, this broad guide is vital to finding the ideal wedding ring for your loved one.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
1. Choose a metal for the band
Customarily, wedding bands (and wedding rings, as well) are produced using yellow gold, white gold, silver, or platinum—in spite of the fact that lately rose gold has developed as a new, current other option. While platinum may look very like silver, platinum is fundamentally more costly as it has a more prominent thickness (and is likewise more uncommon). A few metals scratch simpler than others, so make certain to think about way of life—just as spending plan, obviously—before choosing how significant of a factor metals are a ultimate conclusion.
2. Start planing on what Shape You Want
First tip: If you know what your partner wants in terms of shape in a diamond, that helps focus the engagement ring hunt immensely. Every shape (also known as a cut) is priced differently—and each has a different price per carat. Round cuts are the most expensive whereas pear and marquise are less so. If size is important to you, you can get more carats at a better price when you choose an alternative shape to the classic round cut. Before heading out to shop for an engagement ring, study up on ring cuts and have one (or two) favorites in mind.
3. To find the perfect engagement ring you need to have the Carat Size in Mind
The age old question of quality versus quantity also applies to engagement rings; some people prefer a larger stone to a whiter stone, while others want the absolute clearest possible diamond, despite the carat count.
“The spouse-to-be should definitely have an idea of her (or his) stone size,” says Jaclyne Kirkorian of Jupiter Jewelry in the diamond district of New York. “As much as people say size isn’t important, it’s always the kicking off point, because color and clarity can always be tweaked to find something within your budget.”
Brides tip. If size matters, keep an ideal carat size in mind when shopping together, and be flexible on the other elements to suit your budget.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
4. Think About How Your Engagement Ring Will Look with Your Wedding Band
While it is easy to get caught up shopping for the perfect diamond, the engagement ring is only one half (or less than half, if you’re going the rink stack route) of the equation. Your wedding band—you know, the actual symbol of your marriage—is the oft-overlooked other half.
Definitely think about what style of wedding band would go with your ring. Some engagement rings don’t allow a band to fit flush against them, so it’s important to consider the full package of prong versus pavé and channel-set stones before committing to an engagement ring style.
5. Get Measured Correctly
This may seem like a nobrainer, but make sure you both get your ring fingers properly measured. You don’t want a ring that’s cutting off your circulation or, even worse, so loose it’s at risk of falling off. It should feel snug but comfortable. If you’re not shopping for engagement rings together, you can go get sized at a jewelry store on your own and then casually mention your size the next time the topic comes up (or tell your BFF so they’ll know the answer when your partner asks them).
6. Always Buy Certified
Buying an engagement ring is one of life’s most expensive purchases, so take your time to shop smartly. When you finally find the dream ring, make sure you are buying a certified stone from an accredited laboratory such as the American Gem Society or the Gemological Institute of America. Diamonds certified by the other labs can have inflated grades, giving the customer the illusion of getting a great deal, when in reality they’ve only gotten a lower quality diamond, warns expert Ira Weissman, creator of The Diamond Pro. In fact, according to Weissman, this is the biggest trick jewelry stores play.
7. Make Sure the Certificate Matches the Diamond You See
Most diamonds are laser inscribed on the girdle and this can be checked with a jeweler’s loupe, says Duke. “Many have inclusions so you can look at the diamond and see if you can match the imperfections to the map on the certificate, too.”