Getting ready to commit for life to the girl of your dreams is a big leap. One small but very necessary and substantial step towards that commitment is asking for her hand- and to seal the deal is an engagement ring. Most men have a hard time buying the engagement ring, because it can be very complex. Buying a ring is not just the deal sealer, but a big investment- one that will probably last a lifetime.
Here are 4 steps to buying the engagement ring for your “one.”
- Determine your budget – Before going on an engagement ring shopping spree, you must know how much you can afford or are willing to pay.
- Know Her Style– Each woman has her own style and taste in fashion. Plus there are certain lifestyle factors to consider such as her activities and work. Ask her friends or family what she likes and check out her Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration. Does she like vintage pieces, classic designs, halo settings, three-stone rings or pave diamond bands?
- Shape and Carat– The shape of the diamond will set the style and design of the ring. Carat is the size and weight of the stone. Of course, the higher the carat the bigger it is in terms of weight, size and value. The most popular shape for engagement rings diamonds are the Round Brilliant Cut diamonds. Round brilliants are classic, elegant and look beautiful in all settings. Popular fancy-shaped diamonds are oval, princess, cushion, pear, marquise and heart.
You can learn about the 4 C’s of diamonds through a reputable jeweler. The four C’s are Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight. Research about this and asking experts will give you the insight you need to make a wise purchase. You can buy certified or non-certified diamonds, but we always recommend buying GIA certified diamonds for your own peace of mind.
- Setting– Once you have selected the Diamond and The Engagement Ring design, you can move to the production of custom making your engagement ring. The metals mostly used for engagement rings are Platinum, 14kt or 18kt Yellow or White Gold. A 3D CAD will show you the design from different angles. After this step is completed, the jeweler will cast the ring and start setting the stones. This process from start to finish can take 10-14 days.
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