Finding your sweetheart’s taste is a must before selecting a diamond engagement ring. Nowadays, people usually prefer a joint decision in order to get the best ring possible. So to know about about you fiancee’s taste of jewelry such as a ring, the first thing you can do is to ask her about diamond rings in general. One must get an idea about the style she will definitely like. You can also ask her family or friends to get an idea of what she like most. They may know about the exact type of jewelry she will like so their suggestions will be also helpful. You should also take time to observe her existing jewelry collection as well as the dressing sense, and then sum up all of them to form an idea about her most preferred engagement ring. Your past experience with her can also tell you a lot about her taste of a diamond engagement ring.
Allotting a budget for the engagement ring in advance is one of the most important steps that you should do. The budget can vary depending on the income of the person who is going to buy the ring. Do you know the old adage that men should spend their three months’ salary on an engagement ring? Forget that oldfangled baloney. There is actually no strict tradition or some standard on how much should you spend on an engagement ring. For men who earn just enough money, they may need more than three months to save for an engagement ring; for others who earn more, they may go less than three months. So really, it depends on your income as well as your desire on how soon are you going to purchase a diamond engagement ring. So, you must know how much you are ready to spend on a ring for your engagement. It will be good if you let the jeweler know about your budget in advance so that he can invite you to have a look on certain rings that fall under your budget.
Do not also forget to consider the durability factor when looking for a diamond engagement ring. Constant rubbing due to daily activities can break the band when it is not quite durable. Platinum is the most durable metal for a ring band as it exudes a shiny, classy and elegant appearance. But platinum is also the most expensive option because of its naturally white sheen, durability as well as its rarity. But if you are putting quality first and never mind the cost, you can settle on a ring with a platinum band. As platinum is durable and does not tarnish, it requires low maintenance and that offsets its high price tag.
Other than platinum, there are other popular metal band options such as palladium, gold, white gold, rose gold, silver, titanium, zirconium, tungsten and stainless steel. Palladium, like platinum, is durable and does not tarnish or need re-plating. Gold is the traditional choice and is quite popular for its dazzling yellow luster. White gold is gold alloyed with other metals such as silver and palladium, so its appearance is pretty akin to platinum. Rose gold is also popular because of its alluring pinkish hue. Silver is also a fine choice, but may be prone to tarnishing over time. Titanium, tungsten and zirconium are durable, and their hypo-allergenic properties are ideal especially if your fiancee has a sensitive skin. Stainless steel is very strong and scratch-resistant, and also has hypo-allergenic properties. It’s a popular metal for wedding rings as well. For people with a very tight budget, stainless steel is an ideal choice.
Diamonds, as they say, are a girl’s best friend. The saying most likely refers to the clear and colorless diamonds. If your fiancee loves colorless diamonds, then you should go for the perfect cut and clarity. The “cut” of a diamond is distinct to the other “cut,” which is otherwise the shape of it (like round, pear, emerald, cushion, etc.). In this case, the cut of a diamond determines brilliance or “fire.” A diamond with the right cut reflects light and disperses it throughout the surface (or what you call the “facet”). This will give the diamond the best and the most brilliant sparkle. If a diamond has a cut that is too shallow or too deep, the light will just escape to the bottom and therefore it will not be scattered throughout the gem’s surface.
If your girlfriend likes to wear a colored diamond engagement ring, you may ask if they are cheaper than the colorless ones. It may be a “yes” or a “no,” depending on the color. These are called “fancy colored diamonds.” Most fancy colored diamonds are extremely rare in nature and thus they can be a lot more expensive than their colorless counterparts. If you are considering your budget, the best fancy colored diamonds you may consider include gray, brown and yellow. But if you have a bigger budget, you’ll have more colorful options to choose from such as vivid or intense yellow, orange, pink (like the one pictured on the right), violet, purple, green and blue. A red diamond is out of the question as red is the rarest color, and of course its price just goes through the roof.
Nowadays, many couples go for the non-traditional ways when making a wedding proposal. They would like to buy their own engagement rings based on their personal preferences and trends over ages-old tradition. For instance, if she likes the color pink, you are most likely to give her a ring with any other of the following precious and semi-precious stones with a pink-ish hue: pink sapphire, morganite (or pink beryl), rose quartz, tourmaline, etc.
It pays to do some homework and research before buying an engagement ring. A good way to start is to visit several online stores which sell rings, so that you can compare them by appearance and pricing. It will help you to get the best price possible. Keep a sharp eye on the attractive offers, deals and discounts that will help you some hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Because of the stiff competition among the jewelry shops, they provide enticing discounts to beckon more buyers. It’s also important to make sure that the jeweler has a good reputation and that he issues grading certificates with his merchandise. These certificates will serve you as a proof that verifies the originality of your diamond engagement ring (or any other type of engagement ring).