Engagement ring- these words are enough to pour out the excitement from every soon to be hitched coupe. And as it is the most important thing which declares you *TAKEN*, it has to be PERFECT!
But buying an engagement ring isn’t a cakewalk as it may seem to be. Keeping your partner’s choice in mind together with fitting it in your budget can be a bit tricky. Don’t step into a jewellery store with a mindset that “expensive is better”. There’s a lot of other factors which helps you decide what’s the perfect pick for your partner. So, all the brides and grooms-to-be, we are here to make your job easier.
Here’s a complete guide which will help you buy the perfect engagement ring for the love of your life.
1. Decide The Budget
The primary step while buying the engagement ring is to set your budget. The budget decides everything. How much you can spend on your engagement ring finalizes the design, the metal of the band and the cut including its quality. A wedding itself costs a fortune. So, you need to be realistic about how much you can spend. A beautiful engagement ring doesn’t always need to be extremely expensive. So, decide the budget wisely.
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2. Find His Or Her size
You may have the perfect ring picked out, but getting the wrong size of the ring will ruin it all for you. The best way to get the ring size is to get a ring that he/she isn’t wearing and bring it to the jeweler to be measured. If you want to maintain the surprise factor, you can take the help of his or her family members. Once you know the budget and the right size, only then you can proceed towards selecting the desired engagement ring.
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3. Select The Right Style
It’s important to choose the engagement ring keeping in mind your partner’s style. Does he/she wear a lot of gold? Is he/she a silver or platinum man/woman. Sometimes, there’s a particular stone he/she wears a lot, like his/her birthstone, that he/she likes more than a diamond. Does he/she like simple, understated pieces? Think about his/her personality; is he/she an outgoing person who would want to show off the ring to everyone. Then go for something big and sparkly. Is he/she someone who doesn’t wear much jewelry at all? In this case, look for rings that are simple, yet beautiful.
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4. Remember The 4 C’s
4 C’s are very important when you buy an engagement ring for your better half. While choosing the diamond- cut, clarity, carat and colour should be given the utmost importance. Never compromise on the cut. The real beauty of the ring lies in the 4 C’s of the diamond.
Cut means the shape of the diamond. It can be of various types- Princess cut, round cut, radiant cut, Marquise cut, cushion cut, emerald cut, pear cut, oval cut and more. A poor cut can make the diamond look extremely dull.
Carat is the weight of a diamond. The heavier the stone, the more you will be going to pay. However, there’s no need to get caught up on the carat weight. Through proper mounting and shaping, a master jeweler can make a diamond appear larger than its carat weight might suggest.
The more imperfection a ring overcomes, the more it shines. In the clarity measurement scale, the VS and SI carats are considered the best for engagement rings.
A diamond’s colour ranges from D (colourless) to Z. Try to opt for H which is neither too dull and nor too yellowish.
5. Decide The Ring Setting Or Band
There are four main choices when it comes to your setting metal: platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Right now, silver-looking engagement rings are the most popular. If you want to stay on top of the latest fashion trends, go with a platinum or white gold band.
6. Decide The Setting Style
There are a variety of options from which you can easily decide your engagement ring’s setting style. Claw, Tiffany, bezel, channel and are some of the most popular styles for an engagement ring. You can choose the setting style before or after choosing the stone colour, cut and metal band. It is the ultimate step that will complete your search for the perfect ring.
Stop worrying and buy an engagement ring which will not showcase the money you invested on it, but the thoughts you have poured into selecting it!
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