Picking out the right engagement ring can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Take your time to consider the following central factors and you may find that you are up to the task.
The conventional diamond Engagement Rings leave three core issues to be considered during the purchase process: defining a budget, choosing a setting, and choosing a diamond.
Defining Your Budget
Classic, radiant and eternal, a diamond engagement ring is meant to last forever. Only you can decide how much to spend, and it is important to clearly define your budget. Quality, however, should never be sacrificed. A smaller, well-crafted, classic and simple affordable engagement ring may be more meaningful to you than a poorly-fashioned discounted piece that may not endure.
How Much Should You Spend on Engagement Rings?
There is no right or wrong answer. Rather, the answer varies according to your personal finances and what you think is appropriate for spending on an engagement ring, Naturally, you would want the highest quality, most inexpensive engagement ring you can find.
Choosing A Diamond
Once you outline a budget, you might decide to begin your ring search by choosing the centerpiece diamond. The diamond is the focal point of the engagement ring and the greatest part of your investment. Define the characteristics that you find are the most important and work within your budget. We invite you to visit our Diamond Education Center to learn more.
Choosing A Setting
Rather than beginning by choosing a diamond, you might want to begin your ring search by choosing settings that fits your fiance's taste, character and lifestyle. Notice the jewelry she wears from day to day. Is it gold, silver, platinum? Does she prefer pearls, diamonds or gemstones? Get a sense of her personal taste by asking friends and family. Take note of her lifestyle as well. Is she active? If so, you may want to consider a more durable setting.
Platinum: The most durable, pure and hypoallergenic precious metal. Resistant to wear and tear. Relatively expensive.
Yellow Gold: Traditional. Most common engagement ring metal. More malleable and susceptible to damage. Less expensive.
White Gold: Classic, yet modern. More malleable and susceptible to damage than platinum, slightly more durable than yellow gold. Less expensive.
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Solitaire: The most popular setting for a diamond engagement ring. Simple and classic. Features one centrally placed diamond typically held in place by prongs.
Three Stone: Showcases three diamonds meant to represent past, present and future.
Pave: Pronounced "pa-vay". Features a band and/or diamond frame in which small diamonds are set very close together. The diamonds are embedded in small impressions made in the metal and held in place by tiny prongs or beads The effect is of a ring that appears to be paved with tiny diamonds.
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