A proposal is an exciting time for all couples. However, choosing the right engagement ring isn’t that easy. There are many things to think about from the shape, color, cut, diamond clarity, etc. As such, it can easily get frustrating, especially when you don’t know where to start.
But, buying an engagement ring should be that hard. You just need the right approach to buy your partner a ring they will cherish for years. With our experience in the jewelry industry, we have come up with some tips that will help you get the best engagement ring for your spouse. Here they are;
Work with a Budget
A misleading piece of advice we hear about engagement rings is that one should spend all their two or three-month salary to get a good engagement ring. And some guides offer very high estimates that a “good” engagement ring should cost.
However, engagement is a personal affair. Rather than following these rules that were created by diamond marketers and sellers, it would be wise to create a budget for yourself. Evaluate your financial capabilities and your partner’s desires, then set a budget that suits you.
Remember that getting married is expensive. Therefore, purchase a ring you can afford instead of going with some outdated rules.
Decide on the Shape
If you know what shape your partner wants, this step should be easy. However, we should mention that different shapes (cut) have different pricing determined by the carat weight. Many people love the round cut shape but it is very expensive. If your budget doesn’t allow it, you can opt for other alternatives like marquise and pear shapes. If size matters, you can get more carats in a different shape instead of the classic round cut. But, before you start to window shop, ensure that you know the different shapes first and have two or three favorites.
Think about the Diamond
When choosing a diamond, consider the 4C’s as they impact its quality. Each “C” affects the stone’s appearance. Therefore, you can get the best stone for your set budget.
Color- diamonds with clear color have a high value. Although nowadays you’ll rarely find those with colors.
- Cut- this feature affects how your diamond reflects the light. Choose one that sparkles well.
- Carat- this has to do with the stone’s weight, which affects its size. Larger diamonds are expensive and rare compared to small ones.
- Clarity- diamonds with fewer blemishes are expensive as they are of high clarity grade.
- Choose a Metal for the Band
Most engagement rings and wedding bands are made from white or yellow gold, platinum, or silver. But recently, designers have started to use rose gold as a modern alternative. Platinum and silver look a bit similar. However, platinum has more density, and it’s also rare, which makes it more expensive.
Remember that some metals scratch easily compared to others. So even if you have a tight budget, choose something that is long-lasting.
Consider Your Partner’s Style and Ring Size
Take into account your partner’s individual style. Go through their other jewelry pieces and determine their metal band, designs, etc. You can also check their other accessories for some insights. For instance, if she has more vintage clothes, consider a vintage ring design. You can also talk to their family and friends to learn about their desires and preferences. Additionally, remember to choose a ring that fits by knowing their size first. Resizing takes a long time and may not feel like the original thing.