Once you’ve made the decision to propose to your girlfriend, the next step is to pick out an engagement ring. Buying an engagement ring is a huge decision and you want to make sure that the one you choose will make your fiancée happy. Below you will learn some important things to keep in mind when shopping for an engagement ring. Shape and Setting
The first thing you want to consider when shopping for engagement rings is the shape. While diamonds can be cut in different ways to catch the light, the shape of a diamond refers to the actual geometry of the diamond – the cut relates to the angles of the facets in the diamond after it has been cut. There are ten commonly used shapes for diamonds: round, princess cut, oval, marquise, pear shapes, cushion cut, emerald cut, asscher cut, radiant cut, and heart shaped cut. The round cut diamond is the most popular shape and the princess cut is the most popular fancy shape, particularly for engagement rings.
The setting refers to the way the diamond is framed and it can have a major impact on how the diamond sparkles and how big it looks.
The setting is simply the metal framework on which the stone is mounted. Some common settings include the classic bezel setting which is a thin band of metal wrapping around the gem and the four-prong setting which holds the gem away from the band. There are an endless number of shape and setting combinations out there, so do your research to determine which ones you like best. The Four C’s
Even if you don’t know anything about engagement rings – or women’s jewelry in general – you have probably heard the phrase “the four C’s” tossed around. The four C’s refer to cut, color, clarity, and carat. The cut of a diamond affects the way the face of the diamond interacts with light. Diamonds can be cut in different ways to create different effects such as sparkle, fire, and brightness. Contrary to what you might think, the color of a diamond actually refers to the lack of color – less color equals higher quality. Color is assessed on a scale that runs from colorless (D) to light color (Z).
The third C, clarity, refers to the presence of internal inclusions and external blemishes found within the diamond. Natural diamonds are not perfectly pure, but more pure the diamond is, the higher the clarity and the higher the value. The final C, carat, refers to the weight of the diamond. A single carat equates to 200 mg and a ring can contain more or less than one carat of diamonds divided over several stones, not just as a solitaire. Other Factors to Consider
In addition to choosing the perfect stone, you also have a number of different metals to consider for the band. Platinum is one of the most popular choices today because it is very pure, hypoallergenic and highly durable – it is also one of the more expensive options. Gold comes in several different colors – yellow, white, rose, and green – or you can stick with sterling silver for a less expensive option. It is possible to mix multiple metals in the band, though you may have to design a custom ring if you want to go with this option.
Once you’ve chosen your ring you should seriously consider having it insured. To insure a ring, the designer will have the diamond’s certificate number laser-inscribed into the side of the gem so that it can be identified in case of a theft. Insurance will help to protect your ring against theft or loss and it generally costs about 1 to 2.7 percent of the ring’s appraised value for the annual premium. If your engagement ring is very expensive, insurance is definitely worth the cost but it may not be necessary for small-carat rings.
Shopping for an engagement ring can be a very exciting time but it is also a time that is fraught with decisions. Take the time to determine what you do and do not like so you will know what to look for when you start shopping.
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