A marriage proposal is famous for being the first step to the rest of your life, but choosing that engagement ring can be taxing given the tremendous number of designer ring options that now exist. Here are a few things to keep in mind while choosing a ring for your loved one, just to make it a little bit easier.
The first thing to look into is the band – the base metal ring onto which the stone is set. Now you can choose from a variety of metals – gold, white gold, platinum etc. – but remember that each of them has its pros and cons and it depends on what you think will suit your bride-to-be’s needs best.
Gold is yellow-ish ochre, and is usually mixed with an alloy to make it more durable. Some prefer gold alloyed with another metal in equal quantities as it dulls out the yellow sheen.
White gold on the other hand is alloyed gold to give a dull white appearance, coated with another metal which adds the shine. The coating usually wears off but it can be easily recoated, and for those who don’t want to go all out and get platinum, white gold is a great option.
The last, platinum, has its almost everlasting advantages, but it does tend to dull out as the years pass though that is seldom an issue.
The next part is choosing the right gem. It is a common misunderstanding that all girls want to be proposed to with diamonds – often your fiancé might have her sights set on a sapphire or an emerald! Make sure you know her wants well enough, and in case you don’t, try and find out.
Thankfully the basics of buying any of these gems follows the same criteria – knowing the cut and shape, color, clarity and carat of the stone. Do your research and make sure you have a fare idea of the balance between the four while not pushing the limits of your budget too far. For example if you’re setting your diamond in a gold band, you don’t have to go for the highest grade of color because the gold’s tint will influence the diamonds.
When it comes to style, you have to try and pick up hints on what your lady prefers to wear, also what he finds practical because she’s going to have to keep this on her finger for a while. There are bands with inset stones, simple rings with the gem set into a metal clasp and the bands themselves may be shaped or sculpted differently. If you’re not too sure what she wants, then go for the basics and follow simple tradition with a reasonable sized diamond on a white gold or platinum band. Unless you really do know her to be flamboyant, don’t try something too extravagant.
When it comes to where to shop, online may be one of your best bets in terms of price and variety. The latest in wedding and engagement bands is designing them yourself! If you can’t find the perfect combination of band metal, style and stone – just design it through jewelry shops online yourself and they will have it made for you! Remember to trust your instinct – if you see something that you think matches, go for it!
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