How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

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How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

Congratulations on finding the woman of your dreams!

You’ve decided to propose, so it’s time to make the all-important decision – No, not where to hold your bachelor party. You need to decide on a ring. Ring buying can be kind of overwhelming because there are a lot of different ring types, and each woman has her own unique style.

This guide is designed to help you alleviate some of the burden, and help you choose a ring that really reflects who she is and what she likes.

Choosing a Band Style

Bands are typically gold, silver, platinum, or a combination of these metals. Platinum is the most popular choice for engagement ringsbecause it’s the most precious of all the jewelry metals. Moreover, it’s five times rarer and purer than gold. Make sure to choose a band that will complement the wedding ring you’ll give her on your actual wedding day. She may not like it if her two rings clash.

If you’re not sure what she likes, ask one of her friends. If she is a unique sort of gal, consider an alternative band, such as something eco-friendly or nature-inspired. There are plenty of alternatives out there, and you’re welcome to pick something as unique or traditional as she is.  

Choosing the Right Setting

The ring’s setting is what holds the stone in place. The setting could be invisible, or it could hold the stone out with prongs. A six-prong setting is best for a woman on-the-go. The stone will be held securely in place, even when she’s enjoying an active lifestyle. An invisible setting may be a better choice, as prongs sometimes become snagged and pull from the stone.

If you select a prong setting, it’s a good idea to regularly check that the stone is securely in place. If loose, the ring will need to be taken to the jeweler to be refastened.

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Diamonds or Something Else? Choosing the Gemstone

You should know whether or not your woman likes diamonds, but if you’re not sure – again – ask someone who knows her well, such as her mother, sister, or best friend. You can pick any gemstone she likes. There are no rules, but most women want a diamond engagement ring.  

The Gemological Institute of America recommends that you “know what diamond shape suits her… Taste in shape is often reflected in other tastes a woman has. If she prefers clean, modern lines in furniture, for example, it’s likely she’ll react well to the same aesthetic in Emerald or Square shapes. If she tends towards the traditional, a round shape rarely misses. More bohemian types tend to favor more unusual shapes, like Trilliant or Marquise.”  

Real diamonds are the hardest substance known to man; therefore, the diamond represents the strength and bond of a relationship. Diamonds never lose their polish, and sparkle forever if they’re regularly clean. They’re even scratch resistant. Choosing a diamond is easy if you consider the four C’s: Carat, Cut, Clarity, and Color.

Carat, or a diamonds carat weight, is the total weight of the stone. The heavier it is, the more expensive it will be. The diamond’s cut determines how much it will sparkle. Circle cut diamonds sparkle the most. Clarity refers to the light that is reflected on the diamond, and determines its imperfections. Color is, clearly, the color of the stone. White is the most popular, but some women love the look of yellow, black, or even chocolate diamonds.  

Ring Size

If you don’t already know her ring size, just go through her jewelry drawer. Take a ring she wears to the jeweler, and have it sized. Remember: it’s easier to resize a larger ring than it is to resize a smaller one. Keep that in mind if you’re not entirely sure on her ring size.

When buying a ring, it’s best to buy from a reputable jeweler; one you feel comfortable with and trust. If someone tries to talk you into something you don’t want or need, tread lightly. It’s your bride-to-be you need to make happy, not a jeweler.


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