An engagement ring is possibly the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever purchase. It is a physical gesture of your desire to bond with one special person for the rest of your days.
A lot of pressure comes with that little piece of metal and rock. That’s why we’ve crafted this helpful guide to assist you in finding the right ring for the job.
1. Determine Your Budget
The first important step to choosing the perfect engagement ring is figuring out what you can afford. A quality ring can set you back quite a bit of money, so it’s important to compare prices and do a bit of research to know what you can afford. Knowing your budget before you walk into a jewelry store will also allow the associates to help you find something in your price range.
2. Learn About the “Four C’s”
What are the Four C’s? In the jewelry world, here’s how we refer to the four ways diamonds are graded:
- Carats (Weight)
Cut refers to how the facets interact with light, aka: how shiny it is. Color actually relates to a lack of color in the diamond; the better the color grade, the less yellowed the diamond is. Clarity determines how many imperfections exist in the diamond. Carats measure just how big the rock is.
Knowing your way around gem quality and which grades you’d rather emphasize over others can make it easier to adhere to your budget. A well-cut diamond can compensate for any deficits in size, clarity, or color.
3. Do Some Reconnaissance
Unless you’ve really been paying attention, chances are you don’t have a good grasp of what your partner’s jewelry tastes are. You may have to think a little bit like a secret agent to figure out their style. Try some of these useful tricks to get an idea of what you’ll be shopping for:
- Peek at her jewelry box.
- Have friends and family help gather intel.
- Check out her Pinterest boards.
- If she talks about jewelry, listen closely!
- Consider asking outright what she wants.
It’s possible your future betrothed may want an alternative stone to the traditional diamond or prefer a more vintage look to a modern one. Finding out these little details can help you to narrow down the search.
4. Get Her Ring Size
It can be very disappointing to the ring recipient when she has to give up her beautiful new piece so it can be resized. (Luckily we can do it the same day) If it’s too small, you might even risk it getting stuck on their finger! Rather than tarnish your proposal with an ill-fitting ring, find out her size in advance. At least a general ballpark size. (We can help with this be seeing a photo of her)
To avoid giving yourself away, try getting a hold of a ring she already owns. Make sure it’s one she wears on the ring finger of her left hand to ensure a perfect fit. If it’s not, at least tell the jeweler which finger she wears it on.
Another way to try and find out her ring size is to enlist the help of a friend. See if the friend can convince your beloved to go ring browsing “just for fun,” or to try on one of the friend’s rings and see how close the fit is.
At the end of the day, it’s easier to size down than to size up, so if you’re uncertain, you should definitely lean towards a bigger size.
5. Consider Shopping With Her
If you’re genuinely concerned about choosing the perfect engagement ring, consider including your fiance-to-be in picking out their ring for themselves. Women express an understanding of how hard it is to pick the right ring.
Alternatively, some have purchased a plain band to propose with as a substitute for the real thing until they can take their partner shopping with them.
Of course, don’t take any chances! If it’s possible, have a conversation with your beloved about how they’d like to go about receiving an engagement ring. Her answer might surprise you!
Ready to Design the Ring of Your Dreams?
Vanessa Nicole is an award-winning designer, master diamond setter and author of the bestselling book The Perfect Custom Engagement Ring. She creates stunning custom antique engagement rings for clients all over the globe.
The Artist’s Studio
Vanessa Nicole Jewels specializes in micro pavé engagement rings, bringing award winning talent to those who desire the highest quality engagement ring experience for their life partner. Such a stunning ring is only more breathtaking and built to last when it is custom made by a professional jewelry studio rather than a mass production wholesaler.
- All our micro pavé engagement rings are created exclusively for you. No overseas workers, no duplicates!
- You work directly with the designer to execute your vision. No pushy salespeople!
- We meticulously select every diamond in-house to ensure that it meets our high standards for sparkle.
- We use ONLY the most brilliant looking diamonds.
- All our custom diamond engagement rings include the option of the “Making Of Your Ring™” DVD service – a special video that shows her ring being made, which she’ll watch over and over!
Vanessa Nicole Jewels is renowned for their exclusive classic micro pavé engagement rings. Visit their studio in person or online and enjoy the personal attention that you’ll receive: https://VanessaNicole.com VNJ works with client worldwide!
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