If you’ve decided to ask your beloved to spend the rest of her life with you – if you’re ready to make that commitment – then it pays to think about the process of choosing an engagement ring. It’s a momentous occasion, after all, and it should be considered carefully. Diamonds may or may not be a girl’s best friend (depending on the girl, of course), but choosing the wrong diamond engagement ring is really not the best way to start a life-long commitment. So what exactly should a prospective husband be looking for? For those who want to put their best foot forward, here are the most essential factors you need to consider when choosing a diamond engagement ring.
Think of shape first
A diamond can be cut into various shapes – from more or less round, to oval, to more angular such as square or rectangular. Round ones are the most popular, so in case of doubt, go for the round one. Unless your precious one has a specific shape in mind (and you are sure she prefers it), stick with the round one. On the other hand, buying her a diamond that does not conform to the traditional does make the diamond original.
Does size matter?
Yes – but make sure you stick with your budget and don’t think that buying the biggest stone in the shop automatically means you’re getting the best deal. There are a lot of other factors involved, such as cut, shape, colour, and other factors that affect quality. Furthermore, since it’s an engagement ring (which, we assume, will be worn for a long time to come), it should not interfere with her everyday activities.
Many factors affect quality, such as cut (which is basically a mark of the workmanship), colour (most people prefer the colourless – or white – variety) and clarity (which is usually determined last and graded in different ways). The quality of the stone is highly dependent on the person who made the rough diamond into the stone it is one the ring.
You may also want to consider where the diamond comes from – where in the world it was mined, which company cut it, and how it actually came to be in your hands and eventually around your loved one’s finger. Ask for certificates – not just to ascertain that it is, in fact, a real diamond you’re going to give, but also to ensure that you have indeed the right size, right grain, right amount of carats, right colour, and right clarity. It’s all about making sure you’re getting what you’re paying for when it comes to diamond engagement rings, after all. You’re making a commitment (in more ways than one), so it should be done the right way. Congratulations in advance!
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