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An engagement ring is probably the most important piece of jewelry a woman will ever own. Not only does it signal that she’s in a committed relationship, but it’s also a physical token of the love that she and her partner share. With such emotions at stake, from going into a jewelry store alone, without her to guide him, right up to planning the proposal itself guys can often find themselves confused when choosing the perfect ring.
Diamonds Have Colour
It sounds strange to talk about color when describing diamonds, but there’s quite an extensive color chart that most jewelers follow. White or colorless diamonds are the rarest, and so cost the most, these are graded with the letter D and subsequent diamonds with slight hints of color are graded all the way to Z. Most good, reputable jewelers tend to use diamonds from between D-H and I-J however; there are also diamonds known as ‘fancies’ who are prized for their intense, distinct color but they are usually only found in pieces of jewelry worth thousands of dollars. Fancies appear to contain hues of pinks, blues, and greens and are incredibly beautiful.
What Sort Of Cut?
Surprisingly, the cut of the diamond itself is almost more important than the color as the cut is what gives the diamond its shape. It’s vital you look carefully at the cut of a diamond as any inferior workmanship will be highlighted and tends to compromise the jewel’s sparkle. Diamonds come in many shapes, but the most common are pear, marquise, princess, oval and heart shaped so check out all of these in person. Proposing is an intense business for most guys, so you want to be certain on engagement ring settings and shapes before you make the grandest gesture ever. Your almost fiancé may already have given you an idea of what she likes so stealthily borrow a ring she already has, to obtain her ring size, and if you feel comfortable talk to her best friend about style, although, be subtle you don’t want to ruin the surprise!
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Check The Clarity
Normally people tend to have quite a strong opinion on this. Either they love the idea of tiny inclusions, completely natural, in a gemstone or they hate them. Sometimes jewelers will need to use a specific tool called a loupe, or magnifying eye glass, to even see them so as long as there are no glaring imperfections it’ll be fine. You also need to pay attention to the karat, no not the orange vegetable, as that determines the weight and size of the gem so the higher the karat, the more expensive it’ll be.
Think About The Cost
Contrary to what De Beers believe an engagement ring doesn’t need to be two, or three months salary, in fact updated statistics now show it’s around a month or less. There’s no point in giving her a beautiful, priceless ring and then having no money left over to plan the wedding. Having said that it should also symbolize your feelings of love, devotion and respect towards the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life.