The time has finally come and you’re planning a beautiful proposal that’s unique to your relationship. Buying an engagement ring for your other half may be the most important purchase of your life. It goes without saying that you should choose something that you can imagine they’ll love – after all, they’ll be wearing it for years to come. However, she will proudly flaunt it to everyone and everywhere and will keep it close to her heart.
Our step guide to buying an engagement ring breaks down the steps you should take to ensure that you pick the right rin.
Set Your Budget
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not necessary to spend two month’s salary on the ring. What’s more important is spending what you can afford and getting the best quality for your money.
Choosing The Diamond
The 4Cs are the essential components of a diamond that you should carefully consider before buying. Colour, cut, clarity and carat are vital when determining the quality of a diamond. Each factor affects the stone’s appearance, meaning that you buy the best stone possible for your budget.
Diamonds with less colour are rarer. The clearer the diamond, the higher the value.
A diamond’s cut is the most significant of all of its features, determining how well it reflects the light and therefore how well it sparkles.
Diamond carat refers to the stone’s weight, which is a factor in its size. Larger diamonds are rarer than smaller ones, so are generally more expensive.
There are several popular shapes to choose from, depending on the setting that you prefer.
The most popular shape is round. Other forms, such as the pear, oval, rectangular, square and heart.
The size of the diamond you pick for the ring is also important, playing a large part in creating an appropriate sense of scale and complementing the size of the ring finger.
Picking The Metal
When picking the metal, it’s important to choose something that is durable as well as beautiful, as it’s likely that the ring will be worn every day. Gold is a traditional choice that remains popular. Carat refers to the fineness of the gold, not to be confused with the carat that refers to the weight of a diamond, and the higher the carat, the more expensive the gold will be. In terms of colours, gold presents several opportunities for customisation. Rose gold is a popular, modern choice that is made by blending gold with copper and silver, making it more durable than yellow gold. White gold is made by blending pure gold with white metals like palladium or silver. It is beautiful and also more durable than yellow gold. Platinum is also a popular material for engagement rings, as is palladium – a naturally durable and 95% pure white precious metal. Palladium is thirty times rarer than gold, and less likely to tarnish.
Know Her Ring Size
If the proposal is going to be a surprise, there’s plenty of ways to find out her ring size. If rings are part of her everyday outfits, download a ring sizer app to measure the ring that she wears the most. If, like many proposals these days, the engagement was agreed upon by you both, simply asking her ring size is a good idea. Then, you can either buy the ring to surprise her or go shopping together.
Obtain a GIA or AGS Certificate If Buying Online
GIA and AGS provide a strict and accurate diamond grading that is demonstrable through certificates. Issued by an independent authority, the certificate lists the diamond’s key attributes and qualities. If there’s a certificate, you can be assured of the diamond’s quality.
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