Choosing the Right Engagement Ring
You’ve realised that this is the girl you want to spend the rest of your life with and that you are going to ask her to marry you. Now comes the difficult part, and making the wrong decision here could mean the happiest moment of her life is destroyed in a matter of seconds.
For many men these days, the process of selecting the perfect engagement ring is taken out of their hands, as some women insist on being involved in the decision. This of course is understandable, as the lady in question will be the person wearing the ring. However, for those with the confidence and conviction to proceed unaccompanied, we have prepared some excellent suggestions and advice in order to ensure that your proposal is an unforgettable moment.
Know Your Budget
Entering a jewellery store for the first time may be a daunting task for the majority of men. They will be faced with alien terms and words that they may have never encountered before. For this reason, it is important to be clear on exactly how much you are able to spend before visiting the store. This will enable the jeweller to eliminate certain rings and provide you with a choice of rings that are in your price range. It’s also important to remember that like purchasing a car, the price of an engagement ring is negotiable, so don’t immediately agree to the price next to the ring.
It is often said that there is a set amount that a man should spend on an engagement ring. For many, this may be the case. However, is the price of the engagement ring worth starting your lives together burdened with debt. In fact, studies in America suggest that over spending on an engagement ring, and on a wedding, is linked with increased rates of divorce. The correlation between the two is deemed to be the financial stress placed on the couple. Spending €100 is probably going to cause similar stress, so finding the right balance between what you can afford and what will suit her is a good starting point.
Know her Personality
An engagement ring is seen as an extension of the woman’s personality so understanding what they are passionate about and what kind of person they are can be vital in selecting the ring. Of course, the fact that you are marrying this person means that you should probably know her characteristics anyway. However, doing some research is always helpful.
One of the most popular rings is the round cut diamond. This could be perfect for someone who is a traditionalist. The stone contains 58 facets which provide an incredible sparkle.
This emerald cut diamond has fewer facets than traditional rings. This leaves the ring vulnerable to any flaws that the stone may have. Beyonce received an 18 carat emerald diamond from Jay-Z to the value of €4.2 million.
This cushion cut diamond appears softer than the princess-cut diamond, but not as circular as a round cut stone. It acquired its name from the rounded corners and curved sides. Ben Affleck purchased this style of diamond for Jennifer Garner.
The heart-cut diamond is a symbol of love and romance and is in essence a pear shaped diamond with a cleft at the top centre. Lady Gaga received this style of ring from her fiance, Taylor Kinney.
An oval-cut diamond can have just as many facets as a round cut stone, enabling it to sparkle just as much.
The pear-cut diamond is a hybrid of the oval and marquise styles. It is also known as a teardrop.
It is advisable to research the engagement ring for up to three months before purchasing it. This includes researching personality, diamonds, bands and ring size.
Finally, the four Cs of Quality.
Diamond perfection and value is determined by its cut. They should have a natural shape and aligned facets.
Graded by the GIA colour scheme from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). Colourless diamonds are rare, as are diamonds with lots of colour, making both very valuable. The choice of most buyers is found in the G-H-I-J range.
Diamonds with minor inclusions are on the lower scale with regard to price, making them quite popular. VS2 and S|1 are in extremely high demand.
A high carat weight does not always signify value. There are 141.747616 carats in an ounce.
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