While you are already quite nervous and anxious about the whole proposal, you also have to be sure that you do so with the perfect ring. The ring that will mark the commencement of your new journey with your partner. The ring that will remind you of that very moment when you popped the question. Well, there are a lot of expectations from a single piece of jewelry, but with just a little research, you will be able to find the perfect piece. Here are a few things that you should consider before you go ring shopping for your beloved:
Know the 4 Cs
The four Cs is the official diamond grading system and you might be aware of it. And even if you are not, fret no more. Here is a quick decoder that will help you understand what each ‘C’ stands for and help you find the perfect ring for your partner:
The first ‘C’ stands for ‘cut’. Most people might confuse ‘cut’ with the ring shape but it actually implies to the sparkle factor of the diamond. The grading system of cuts is done from excellent to poor. A diamond is cut into a particular shape by keeping specific parameters in mind. This is to ensure that facets interact with light for utmost bling.
Carats are standard measurement unit for the size or weight of a diamond. While looking for an engagement ring, you should look for a diamond that measures nearly one carat or 200 milligrams. This is the average size of an engagement ring and might come as a delightful surprise to your fiancé.
A diamond might look flawless to you but every stone has a few flaws (known as inclusions). These inclusions are the naturally formed tiny black or white flecks or lines in diamonds. These inclusions are formed in the earth over a period of millions of years. The imperfections are determinants of the clarity of a diamond. These are rated on an intricate scale from flawless to included. Thus, the smaller, fewer, and less visible the inclusions, the more valuable the diamond is.
Diamonds come in a spectrum of shades. And color is also a factor that determines the price of the stone. The rarest of diamonds are colorless and a preferred choice for many when looking for an engagement ring. The color of a diamond is ranked on a scale from D (no color) that are the most expensive. This goes all the way to Z(visibly yellowish). Lately, some vibrant colors like pink, yellow, or even chocolate have become quite popular among people.So, if your partner has ever hinted on a colored diamond ring, you should know that more saturated the color is, the more valuable the stone will be.
5.Shape and Settings
Other than the four Cs, there are a few more things that have a huge impact on the overall look of the diamond and ring. The shape refers to the stone’s shape. The setting of your engagement ring will also impact its style. The settings of your ring can be classic, vintage, modern, and more. Here is a list of some of the most common shapes of a diamond:
Round is the most sought-after shape for a diamond. It is also known to best highlights diamond’s sparkle.
Oval: If your partner has lean and long fingers, you should probably consider this shape.
Emerald: Emerald is a great shape to flaunt the large facets of a diamond that showcase excellent clarity.
Asscher: This is a square emerald known for its art deco feel and glossy finish.
Cushion: Created in the 1800s, the cushion is a vintage style that is actually a square with rounded corners.
Princess: Princess boasts of a broad, flat-top, and pyramidal shape. This shape makes the stone look larger than it actually is.
Marquise: Marquise is a long and tapered style that is known to maximize carat size.
Pear: Pear is a round-marquise hybrid that looks extremely delicate when placed on a light and narrow band.
First, let’s clear up the misnomer that says that an engagement ring’s cost should be equivalent to your three months’ salary. Well, that was a marketing ploy formed by De Beers in the ’30s. The fact is, one can spend as little and as much they wish to on their engagement ring. While one can find nearly-one-carat solitaire for as little as $1,500, people can still spend millions on an engagement ring. In short, if you like the ring and can afford it, go for it.
7.Decide the Type of Metal You Want
Engagement rings come in many different precious metals. Usually, the same setting style can be made into different precious metals. Some of the most famous metals for an engagement ring are platinum, yellow gold,white gold, and rose gold. The metal you choose entirely depends on your preference. This may also impact the overall cost of the ring, so consider that as well.
If you are unable to buy the ring that you always wish to, do not worry. Upgrading later is very common. So, a few years down the line when you think that you have enough money to buy that solitaire, you can surprise your wife with one on her birthday or your wedding anniversary.
9.You Can Go Custom
Most people have a definite ring in mind with which they want to pop the big question. So, if you are unable to find ‘the ring,’ you can always get it custom-made. This way you can get the exact same design, cut, metal, and shape you always wanted. In the end, you will have a ring that is just as unique as your love.
10.Order in Advance
So, if you wish to get your ring custom-made, you should order it well in advance. This will help you get your ring right on time. Since you would have a proposal date in mind, it is better to order your ring timely so that you get it a few days earlier. Having a couple of days will help you make all the necessary changes and thus get the perfect ring for your fiancé.
Believe it or not, almost every woman has a dream ring in mind. So, it is better to pay keen attention and gather all the hints she has been giving you all along.While these were all the tips that we have in mind, it is always a great idea to your fiancé along with you while shopping for a wedding ring. This way, she can get the one she has always wanted to see on her as a married lady. But if you wish to surprise her, these tips will surely help you pick ‘the ring.’