Stemming from the Egyptian tradition of custom engagement ring creation, finding and creating the perfect ring for your significant other will be one of the most important buying decisions you will ever make. However, for many of us, the jewelry shop is a maze where you can easily get lost. To help you in your search, here are tips to help you find that perfect bling that she won’t be able to say no.
Determine a Budget
First thing’s first. Before going to the shopping stage, you should explicitly set a financially realistic budget that is adequate to your situation. According to a survey from Ebates, almost half of American men and women expect to spend between $1,000-$5,000 on an engagement ring.
Find the Right Jeweler
Certification and credentials are things you should consider when searching for the right jeweler. Also, talk to your friends with experience in buying engagement rings, they might have a preferred jeweler or could warn you about a company with inferior rings. Try to establish a good relationship with your jeweler, as this project will be a collaboration between both of you. Once you’re ready to start talking rings, ask questions about the 4 C’s: carat weight, color, clarity, and cut to find something that you both can work with.
Explore Her Style
Take a look at your future wife’s jewelry box and look for trends. Is everything mostly gold or silver? What does she wear everyday—does she have a favorite custom name necklace? Try to ask her girlfriends for some personal style insights or see what catches her eye the next time you pass by a jewelry store. Think about her lifestyle and taste, then try to infuse it with a ring design.
Choose a Center Stone
The next step will be finding the right center stone for your design. Check your budget and try to ask for options and variations where clarity, color and size choices will be necessary.
- Diamond color is graded from a scale of letter D to Z where D is colorless, and Z is brown tint or canary yellow. Remember that color is not a quality of beauty and only determines the rarity and cost of the stone. Purchasing the later on the color scale will give you more budget on size and cut.
- Clarity is measured in such a way that the clearer and fewer imperfections the diamond has, the more expensive it will be. “Inclusions” are tiny fractures or minerals in the diamond. Try to find ones that are scaled SI1 and SI1 with slight inclusions that are not visible to the naked eye.
- Let’s all be honest and agree that size matters. Check out the biggest diamond you can afford with your budget and compromise on clarity. While it’s great to have good quality, you will also want it to be visible for everyday use.
- Shapes do matter, too. Diamonds are usually shaped round, rectangular, pear-shaped, oval, hear-shaped, or marquise. These cuts should also be a reflection of your loved one, whether a round cut for a more traditional woman, princess cut for a very feminine partner or cushion cut for someone who wants to make a statement.
Decide on the Ring Band
We all would want a ring that is beautiful and will stand the test of time. Choosing between platinum and gold will depend on budget and desired style. Platinum is more laborious than gold and will wear out slower, but it is more expensive. Gold is the opposite, and the claws that hold the diamond will need to be checked over the years to make sure they don’t loosen. It is also a popular choice to add platinum claws to a gold ring to add more strength.
Yes, a diamond ring may be an excellent choice and is one that will surely get noticed but, not everyone can afford that $1,000 diamond. Luckily there are a lot of unique and uncommon engagement rings that will not break the bank and will still flatter her. Just make sure that her skin will not be sensitive to any metals used.
It is always an excellent choice to have something custom made—whether a ring or a personalized gift that will have a deeper meaning for both of you. Now that you know a thing or two about buying an engagement ring that she surely will love, go on and make those wedding bells ring!