When Fortunately, making sense of basic information reduces the confusion in trying to find the ideal ring for his ideal woman. Capitalize on the top tips gleaned from other men who have walked through the exciting, perplexing engagement ring ritual.
First Set Your Budget
Set a budget before looking at diamond engagement rings. Ignore the commercialized recommendation of spending two to three months salary on a ring – a man should set a budget based upon realistic affordability and stay within that amount. Jewelers and diamond sellers have a stake in selling high priced engagement rings, but the shopper, not the seller, must live with either overspending or a payment plan. Remember, the ring symbolizes love, but inanimate objects reflect neither the quantity nor the quality of the love. Be cautious about overspending, but hesitate also if a ring’s price seems too low for its apparent value; this could suggest that a man will not receive what he believes he is purchasing. If the ring appears undervalued, scrutinize carefully its full description.
Know the Diamond in the Engagement Ring
Working within a budget requires striking a balance between a diamond’s four qualities. Sometimes, focusing on a large diamond sacrifices quality and focusing on high quality sacrifices size. Adjust the four Cs of diamonds according to preference, and find the ideal compromise.
The 4 C’s
Diamonds are priced according to four qualities: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
A diamond’s cut impacts the amount by which light reflects off the facets and back out of the diamond. Many experts consider cut as the most important quality in a diamond because a poor cut reduces the brilliance and fire of even the best diamond. Diamond cuts are graded as Ideal, Premium, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor.
A diamond’s color receives a letter grade according to the amount of color present or absent in a diamond. A perfectly clear, white diamond ranks as D, and a diamond with the most yellow ranks as X. The letter grades assigned to diamonds fall within five categories. Colorless: D, E, or F Near Colorless: G, H, I, or J Faint Yellow: K, L, or M Very Light Yellow: N, O, P, Q, or R Light Yellow: S, T, U, V, W, or X Note that assigning letters to indicate the color of a diamond applies only to white diamonds; the ranking does not apply to yellow, black, chocolate, or other colored stones.
Nature exerts a lot of pressure during the natural creation of diamonds. This pressure leads to flaws in the form of cracks, bubbles, or other blemishes that affect the clarity of a diamond. When grading a diamond’s clarity, inclusion refers to an internal flaw, and blemish refers to a surface flaw. The degree of flaws place diamonds into one of six categories. F = Flawless. IF = Internally Flawless. Some surface flaws exist. VVS1-VVS2 = Very, Very Slightly Included. Minute inclusions are difficult to detect with 10X magnification. VS1-VS2 = Very Slightly Included. Small inclusions are difficult to detect with 10X magnification. SI1-SI2 = Slightly Included. Inclusions are slightly easier to detect under magnification than VVS or VS. I1, I2, and I3 = Included. The inclusions are visible to the naked eye. If the budget allows, avoid I1, I2, and I3 quality when purchasing a diamond engagement ring.
Although it is a good indicator of diameter, carat weight actually refers to the weight of a diamond. Each diamond carat weighs 200 milligrams. Of course, the more a diamond weighs, the larger its size. When looking at the size of a diamond, consider the size of the hand that will wear it — tiny hands make diamonds appear larger than actual size.
Consider an Alternative Diamond
While diamonds remain the popular choice for engagement rings, no law states that only white diamonds adorn engagement rings. Today, engagement rings flash color in the form of black, chocolate, or yellow diamonds; actually, some women prefer a colored diamonds’ warmer tones over the white diamonds they consider icy-cold. Verify if the woman receiving a diamond engagement ring holds this preference. A woman may also display a preference for the diamond’s source. She may rather desire a lab-created diamond over a mined diamond that contradicts environmental or social concerns important to her. The chemical and optical properties of lab-created diamonds vary only slightly from mined diamonds.
Metal and Setting
The ring sets the backdrop for the diamond, which may hold sole focal point or share focus with the band itself. Diamond engagement rings have four basic settings and may use any combination of the four to achieve various results.
Think of the Wedding Bands
Unless a man purchases a bridal set, which includes both the engagement ring and wedding band, he should consider a wedding band when purchasing the engagement ring. An engagement ring with an elongated or large diamond that extends beyond the circle of the ring rarely sits flush against a wedding band; the further a diamond extends, the larger the gap between the two rings. In these cases, jewelers recommend a wedding band formed specifically to fit around diamonds of various sizes and shapes. Consider, too, that many couples opt to wear matching wedding bands. When this is the case, the metal used for the engagement ring will be the metal used for the wedding bands. Choose a metal both husband and wife like.