Choosing the Right Engagement Ring
While it is true that engagement rings are valuable because they are made with precious materials like gold, silver, platinum, diamonds and gemstones, the sentimental value they embody often far exceeds their monetary value. For that reason it is important that you give extra consideration to making the ring as meaningful as possible by matching the style to the prospective bride. If a big stone is important to her, for example, then you may want to focus on getting the largest one you can afford. If you know that she would like something other than a simple four-prong setting then you might consider looking at designer settings. Or she may prefer a white metal or want the engagement ring to match the wedding band. As you can see, the options are quite varied. With a little research on your part, you should be able to come up with the “perfect” engagement ring for your bride-to-be.
Consider Your Budget
As you are probably well aware, the most important consideration is your budget. In this regard you have to proportion the budget between the diamond and the ring in which it is set. For example, you might want to choose a simple mounting in 14kt gold and the biggest and best diamond you can afford or you might opt for a smaller diamond with a more elaborate platinum setting with diamond accent stones to enhance the center stone beauty and durability.
Fortunately, the range of choices is so vast that almost anyone can find something within their budget. Here are some factors to consider.
While there is much reason behind the old adage that a diamond engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of enduring love, the guideline of two (2) month’s salary, it is just that, a guideline. But a diamond engagement ring is one of the most important – and often one of the largest – purchases you will make in your life so you will want to be sure you do it right. For many, the choice of a diamond is the most difficult part, but with the help of the information provided here, you will be much more informed and hopefully more confident about the process. Throughout the process, keep in mind that if you do it right, it’s the only one you will ever have to buy and it will never wear out, never lose its sparkle, and always be a family heirloom to be passed down from one generation to the next.
How to Buy an Engagement Ring She’ll Love
A critical question when selecting a perfect engagement ring is that whether or not she will like it. As mentioned earlier, a little research will go a long way to getting it right. Consider her lifestyle, ask her friends and relatives for any possible likes and dislikes regarding jewelry or try to discreetly find out from her on your own. Any effort expended in this regard will be worth it, even if you don’t come up with much information. At least that way, you will have made a “good faith” effort.
An alternate, though uncommon, approach is to shop together. The universal tradition is to surprise your prospective bride with a marriage proposal, but if you feel it’s in your best interest to get some direct input from your spouse-to-be, then you may opt to have an inexpensive, simple ring to present when you “pop the question” and tell her that the “real” engagement ring is something that you two can pick out together. Admittedly, this is an uncommon route to marriage but it may serve you well.
Choosing the Right Diamond
A diamond engagement ring is one of the most important – and often one of the largest – purchases you will make in your life so you will want to be sure you do it right. For many, the choice of a diamond is the most difficult part, but with the help of the information provided here, you will be much more informed and hopefully more confident about the process.
Choose a Shape. There are many shapes available, the best choice is the one that gives the Diamond the most brilliancy.
Choose from The 4C’s ~ this is the quality that determines the price of the Diamond.
Always have a professional jeweler you can trust to educate you on the 4C’s.
Always ask for a certification on a Diamond- this is from an independent Lab that grades
Today there are so many choices in metal for wedding bands. Here are some popular choices:
14K Gold ~ Whether yellow, white, rose or any other color, 14K Gold is the most popular metal used in jewelry in the United States today. It is about 58% gold, mixed with other metals to enhance color and strength. It holds up well to daily wear and has the color that most Americans prefer.
The color of white gold is achieved by mixing paladium and other metals with the gold to create the white metal look. White gold is stronger than yellow gold and often used to hold diamonds. Many yellow gold rings still use white gold prongs to hold a diamond, since it is stronger and blends nicely with the diamond. Unfortunately white gold still has a slightly yellow tint to it, so most white gold jewelry is given a rhodium plating. Rhodium is one of the platinum group metals, so when you look at white gold jewelry you are often looking at a platinum finish. Some of the antique style bands with an oxidized finish don’t have rhodium plating. Generally the rhodium finish lasts for years, but may need to be re-applied again. It is a simple and inexpensive process that is often routinely done by most jewelers along with any white gold ring sizings or repairs.
Both Tungsten and Titanium are excellent choices of metal for men’s wedding rings, especially due to the rise in the price of precious metals. Tungsten and Titanium are both popular choices, largely due to the fact that they are affordable, durable, hypoallergenic metals that come in modern designs. Deciding between the two metals can be pretty tricky so the first things you need to know are the differences between them. Tungsten is more durable than titanium, as it is hard, impenetrable, and has the highest melting point of all metals. Tungsten wedding rings are actually 5 times harder than steel. Such wedding bands are almost impossible to cut, only certain emergency paramedic tools can get through tungsten. So if you opt for a tungsten wedding ring, scratches should be the farthest thing from your mind, as long as it has some carbide in it. Titanium wedding rings are also incredibly strong, even stronger than steel. Yet these wedding bands are a lot lighter than tungsten wedding rings. Titanium rings do not corrode since they are resistant to oxygen. However, they are much more likely to scratch than tungsten wedding rings. One thing’s for sure, whether you choose a titanium wedding ring or a tungsten wedding ring you won’t have to worry about either of the rings bending over the years
Because sizing these bands after they are made is nearly impossible, it’s important to be measured to determine the correct size. Most any jeweler is happy to do this for you at no charge. Correct finger size is truly the only problem that our customers ever experience. Everyone is always happy with the bands themselves but it’s very disappointing when things don’t fit. It can be expensive and cause delays as well so if you get the finger size right you will almost certainly be very happy with your ring.