Some Useful Tips for Buying a Wedding or Engagement Ring

Guys, buying an engagement or wedding ring is very significant since it symbolizes the commitment of spending your lives together, and perhaps she's been dreaming of receiving hers for a long time. Now that you're ready to start looking at engagement rings for your special girl, it's time to do a bit of research to make sure you pick just the right one.

Your search for the perfect engagement ring, may be time consuming due to the various designs, styles, settings and sizes. In addition, many women have a very specific idea of how their engagement ring will look. With a bit of planning, you can surprise her with a ring that will be exactly as she's always wished.

If you've never been shopping for engagement rings before, it's understandable that you feel a little blank at first, maybe you would like to get some advices from those specialists, now some diamond consultants from famous jewel brand shops would love to teach you everything you need to know about diamonds and rings, but here's a bit of an introduction and a "what to watch for" , we would like to help you find your perfect engagement ring.

Key Tips:

Below are some key tips to consider during the research stage:

1. Keep an eye out for the obvious stuff. Is she dropping hints, like making sure you notice how much she loves the look of her friend's new ring? If she is, tune in and take notes, because in those few moments she may specify exactly what she likes, and what she'd prefer to be different in a ring of her own. If you miss a hint like that, then the next few steps are even more crucial; if you're lucky though, you might pick up such useful info such as whether she prefers diamond solitaire rings, or how important the size of a diamond is to her. Maybe she'd prefer a collection of smaller jewels, or a more classic, even vintage look?

2. The next thing to consider when it's time to start ring shopping is her preference for the jewelry she already owns. Does she prefer yellow gold, or does she lean more toward white gold and silver? Are the designs of her current jewelry more modern, conservative, intricate or simple? Are there any items she never takes off, like an heirloom locket or watch? A quick scan of her current collection should tell you a lot about her preferences, and even give you an idea of what will match with the ring you choose.

3. Be sure about is the correct size of her finger. This one can get a bit tricky, especially if you're trying to surprise her. There are many jewelry websits on the internet you can turn to, many of them has an online, printable ring sizer that will make it easier for you to choose the size that will fit her just right.

4. Having a bit of background on diamonds never hurt either. Here are a few quick definitions of the "Four C's" of diamond quality, to help prepare for the next step in your buying process.

Helpful Advices:

To find your perfect engagement ring, there are more points necessary you need to take for consider, there are:

First: Budget

The first thing you should do before beginning your research is determine your budget. This will help you eliminate the irrelevant rings and diamonds, and will start making your choice a little easier.

Even if your budget is not as high as you would like it to be, know that you can always reset and add stones later on.

Second: Personal Taste

If your engagement ring is a surprise, you should do some research, the best thing you can do is to pay attention to the hints she leaves, try to observe her jewelry and notice if she likes white gold or yellow gold, big flashy jewelry or more delicate jewelry and etc. She might be obvious about it, and even if she's not meaning to. and give you nothing at all to work with, so follow the guidelines above as closely as possible. Maybe you could ask her close friends for advice always helps - they usually know.

If the engagement ring is not a surprise, or it’s an upgrade to a prior ring - we suggest making the decision with her.

Third: Learning about Diamonds

Learning about the 4 C’s - Carat, Color, Clarity and Cut, is an easy way to learn basically everything you should know before purchasing diamonds.

* Carat
The last and most obvious characteristic that a diamond is measured by is its Carat weight (abbreviated "ct.") which is usually a shown as a decimal point, e.g. 0.72 carat. The majority of diamond engagement rings are less than 0.5 carat.

* Color
The whiter the diamond, the more valuable it is. Even the slightest hint of color can have an effect on the cost of a diamond. There are also various colored diamond choices available today, but when it comes to the white ones, their quality is rated on scale from D-Z. A "D" is pure white, whereas a "Z" would be visibly yellow.

* Clarity
The clarity of a diamond refers to the number and nature of inclusions or blemishes that are visible when you view it under a microscope. Some diamond professionals refer to clarity as "purity" or "quality," but neither of those start with "C," so we'll stick with clarity.

* Cut
Nothing is more important to the brilliance and sparkle of a diamond than its cut, as it is responsible for around 40% of a diamond's price. A well cut diamond will reflect light from one facet to another and back through the top, creating a dramatic sparkling effect that only a diamond can emit. Only the most skilled diamond cutters can shape a diamond with exacting precision, to release its full brilliance, taking into account such factors as proportions, finish, and of course symmetry.

The information above listed will help you understand the cost and quality of diamonds.

Fourth: The Diamond
Now that you have learned about the 4 C’s, it’s time to choose your diamonds.

Diamonds come in many shapes and sizes. A very popular shape in diamonds is the round brilliant.

Fifth: Settings
Now that you have chosen your diamond, you can choose a setting to mount the diamond on. Some of the most popular settings for engagement rings include the solitaire, the side stones setting and the three stone setting. These are available in white gold, yellow gold and platinum.

Last, I wish you good luck and have a wonderful wedding!

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