It’s a gift that’s just a little more than an inch wide, yet costs more than your monthly rent. It’s that trip overseas, a student loan payment and a sports season ticket, all rolled into one. No wonder why buying an engagement ring is one of the most daunting purchases a human being can make. It’s one thing to bend the knee and ask the big question, but we’re talking about the centerpiece and focal point of all her conversations until “Will you marry me?” becomes “I do.” Here are a few of our helpful hints to assist in understanding how and what to do before buying an engagement ring
1) Understand The Four C’s
Carat. Clarity. Color. Cut. Carat. Clarity. Color. Cut. Carat. Clarity. Color. Cut.
Carat – The carat weight determines a diamond’s apparent size and cost structure.
Clarity – Diamond clarity refers to the absence of inclusions and blemishes
Color – D-to-Z color grades rate a diamond’s lack of color. Those with less color are rarer.
Cut – The quality of a diamond’s cut determines how well it unleashes its light
Now say it ten times fast!
2) Know What She Likes
While you want to surprise her with the actual proposal, there shouldn’t be much mystery as to what the ring looks like.
Let your potential love interest browse around, direct you to certain styles, settings or diamonds that she likes. Better yet, solicit opinions from her family and close friends, all of whom have probably already had a conversation or two about your pending engagement.
Take proper notes and surprise her with the rest.
Some jewelers even offer a return policy of up to 100 days if you don’t nail her exact style. Others only give you 30 days.
3) The Setting Matters
As with any good Instagram photo, framing matters. The way a diamond is framed can impact how big it looks. Do you want one large solitaire to be the focal point, or do you prefer a halo or side stone surrounding the center?
The latter can create an even bigger impact and greater perceived value than a single large stone.
4) You Pay For The Grade
For your protection, you should always buy a center stone that has been independently graded by a gemological laboratory that will indicate the stone’s color and clarity grade. The higher the grade, the more a diamond will set you back.
We recommend this for both mined and lab-grown diamonds, which are graded using the same criteria by the same gem labs at a fraction of the cost.
5) Whole Is Not Always Better
Most couples look for diamonds in whole carat weights. After all, who doesn’t love a whole number?
But many jewelers charge a premium for such stones, so we suggest opting for a gem just under 1, 2 or 3 carats. The savings could save you 5-10 percent depending on the size.
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