Choosing an engagement ring can be a really stressful process. However, it doesn’t have to be. By taking a little bit of time to understand all the components of the engagement ring, the decision can be truly simple. We’ve broken down the process of choosing engagement rings in order to make it easier for people to choose a ring that will become part of their Happily Ever After. Read our nine tips you should know before buying the perfect engagement ring:
1. Stone Shape Matters Most
Before you inform yourself about those 4 Cs (cut, color, clarity and carat), have an idea of what shape you (or your partner) loves. Shape indicates the actual geometry of the stone, as opposed to cut, which relates to the angles of the facets in the stone.
2. Settings Are Second
A quality setting—the metal framework in which your stone is mounted—can set the tone for a ring. A classic round engagement ring stone gets a fresh and modern makeover in a bezel setting. A trendy oval can look more traditional in a four-prong setting. Getting the right combo of shape and setting is key.
3. Pick a ring that suits her style
It’s totally normal these days for couples to ring shop together, but if you’re more of a traditionalist and looking to surprise your partner with a ring they’ll love, be sure to do some reconnaissance. You can ask her best friend or sibling for help (and swear them to secrecy, of course). But if you’re set on not telling anyone, pay attention to the jewelry she already wears. Pay attention for a couple of weeks and take notes to size up her signature style.
4. Choose the Metal
When it comes to the band, you’ve got a variety of metals to choose from. There’s gold, which comes in a variety colors, including white, yellow, rose and even in a combination of two metal colors in some of the rings .
5. Know her ring size
If you’re buying an engagement ring, but don’t know your beloved’s ring size, here are a few tips on how to (subtly) get it. Wait till she’s out of the room and then borrow a ring she owns and trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap and make an impression. You can also slide it down one of your fingers and draw a line where it stops. A jeweler can use these measurements to estimate her ring size.
6.Pick Side Stones
Side stones are a dazzling way to dress up an engagement ring. They bring a dash of elegance, creating a look that’s simply sophisticated. Popular choices include channel or pavé set diamonds along the shank of the ring, diamond baguettes on either side of the center stone, and colored gems in any number of configurations. If you want diamond side stones that complement the center stone, choose ones that grade close to the center diamond in color and clarity.
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