If you are planning on proposing in 2017, the ring is probably on your mind. Maybe you have even gone ring shopping together to get an idea of what she would like. The options are endless and there are many pieces to consider. Here are some tips to help you get started with the buying process.
1. Choose your metal- From platinum to gold, there are many options depending on your preference and budget.
2. Choose your stone- choosing a ring style is often seen as the most important part to many shopping for a ring. When purchasing a diamond, there are a 4 things to consider, the 4 C.
- Color- this actually refers to lack of color in the diamond. A chemically pure diamond has no hue and will be valued higher. Many color differences are very subtle but they make a big difference in terms of quality and price.
- Clarity- this refers to the absence of inclusions. Flawless is the highest clarity grade, and the lowest is included which means there is visible blemishes and cloudiness.
- Carat- this has to do with the size, larger diamonds are more rare. Although many people like to purchase the largest stone they can get, it is important to consider that the value of the diamond includes all the 4C’s and not just carat weight. A diamond that is 2 carats can be worth less than a smaller stone depending on the other factors.
- Cut- this influences how diamonds sparkle and how the facets interact with light. Grades range from excellent (highest) to poor (lowest).
After considering the 4 C’s, the shape of your diamond is also important. Here are a few popular types:
- Cushion cut
- Princess cut
- 3 stone
There are many more options, but these are just a few. Look at a few different styles to see which look is more her.
3. Choose the setting- Whether she prefers a vintage style or more modern look there are many options for ring styles.
- Prong- involves “claws” that hold the stone firmly in shape.
- Tension- the compression-spring pressure of the shank holds the stone in place.
- Bezel- a metal rim with edges fully or partially surrounds the perimeter of the stone.
- Channel- sandwiches rows of stones with no metal seperating them.
- Bar- vertical bars of metal secure them in place.
- Pave- three or more rows of several stones.
Your jeweler can help recommend the best setting for your stone.
If you are interested in creating a completely custom ring this is an option as well. Consider these questions when personalizing an engagement ring.