Congratulations! This is a big moment for you and your partner in life – you have decided to get married. Before you tie the knot, though, you'll have to pop the question, and for that you are going to need an engagement ring.
Choosing the right engagement ring can be daunting. You want it to be the perfect ring, but you have to take quite a few things into consideration, among them – your budget, your soon-to-be fiancé's taste and style and the technical terms that are often in use in the world of jewelry. Fear not, though. Choosing the perfect engagement ring shouldn't be too complicated, if you prepare yourself properly to the task.
Here are some important elements to consider when choosing an engagement ring.
Match Her Taste And Style
Even if you have an unlimited budget, an engagement ring should, first and foremost, match the personal style and preferences of your partner. If you are going to buy the ring without her, as a surprise, then you need to do your research. Try talking to her about rings and jewelry in general, take a look at the rings she prefers to wear, ask her family and closest friends and take note if she expresses interest in any specific rings when you go shopping.
Try to figure out whether she likes small or big rings; fancy or plain ones; what kind of stones she chooses when she buys rings; what is her ring size and so on. Take all of these parameters into consideration, and it will make it easier for you to choose an engagement ring.
Find A Good Jeweler
Finding a good shop or jeweler to buy an engagement ring from is very important. Make sure you feel comfortable with the seller, and remember that costly doesn't equal with “best”. Ask married friends where have they bought their engagement rings, check online forums for a shop's reputation and strike a conversation with the jeweler in person – these actions will help you choose the right place. A good, professional jeweler can also advise you on choosing the perfect engagement ring. Also, make sure to ask for a certificate of authenticity and a warranty before you buy the ring.
Know The Lingo
There are a few technical terms that apply to rings. You should be familiar with them before you go shopping. Research and learn about bands, setting, ring size, gemstones, metal and the 4 C's. There's plenty of information available on the internet – all you need to do is search.
Decide On A Budget
We know you want to impress your partner, and some believe that choosing an expensive engagement ring is a way to express your love. Remember that if all goes well, more expenses will follow, so don't go overboard and decide in advance how much money you are willing and able to spend. Inform your jeweler of your budget, so they can offer you engagement rings you can afford.
Diamonds And Other Stones
The traditional engagement ring usually includes a diamond. If you choose to go with diamonds, you need to learn about the four C's – Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat weight. You will also need to select the diamond's shape (round, pear, oval etc.) and the setting of the stone – the way in which the diamond is placed on the ring.
Although diamonds are the popular choice for engagement rings, you can also go with other gemstones. You can choose her birthstone or other colored gemstones, such as ruby, sapphire, garnet, emerald, tourmaline, topaz and so on. Combining several stones can also make for an impressive engagement ring.
Good luck and happiness to you both!