Shopping for engagement ring can be overwhelming, especially if the big proposal is going to be a surprise. The hardest part will be picking a ring that fits her personal style perfectly, which is really important because the idea is that she will be wearing it forever. These helpful tips are meant to help you find that perfect ring to mark one of the most special days of your entire life.
Tip 1: Do Some Engagement Ring Reconnaissance
To find out all the information you need to know before picking the right engagement ring, you are going to have to tap into your inner James Bond. First of all, you’ll need to figure out what size ring she wears. This will be easiest if she already has a ring you can “steal” from her to have sized at the jeweler. But you’ll have to make sure you are well aware of her style first. Taking a look at the jewelry she already has will be a good start. In addition, if she has some friends that you think can keep a secret, they might be able to provide you with some very useful insights about what she would like. Generally speaking, her style will be either classic, modern, or vintage.
Tip 2: Spend Some Time On-line
Even if you aren’t planning on purchasing the ring on-line, the Internet can be a great place to get ideas for picking out the best engagement ring. You can do a lot of browsing, in the low sales pressure environment of your own home, to learn exactly what is available and what kinds of options you will have as far as cost goes. If you do decide to purchase an engagement ring on-line, you will find that the style possibilities are endless. Many sites allow you to design the ring yourself, from the shape, cut, and color of the stone, to the metal and setting. As with any purchase made on the web, there are a certain set of risks involved. Be sure to make your purchase from a well-established and accredited jeweler with a no-risk return policy.
Tip 3: Know Your Diamond Basics
No engagement ring buying guide would be complete if it didn’t cover the big “Four Cs”, which are cut, color, clarity, and carats of a stone. The way a diamond is cut determines how it will reflect the light. The more masterful the cut, the more the light will be reflected. A majority of diamonds are round cut with a full 58 faucets. The color of a diamond is graded alphabetically, D through Z, based on the amount of yellow present in the stone. Diamonds with a color rating of D are considered the most valuable. The clarity of a diamond refers to if there are imperfections present within the diamond. Diamonds that are rated as “flawless” have the highest clarity, and therefore are more expensive. And last, but definitely not least, the fourth C you will need to know when you are picking out an engagement ring stands for carat. Carats are the units used to measure the weight of the diamond.