Is there a purchase more important than an engagement band? This ring holds monumental importance. It is a symbol of the love shared between you and your partner. It is the token you are going to present to your girlfriend when you ask her to share the rest of her life with you. And not to mention; it is something she is going to have to wear with pride for an eternity, so you better make sure you get it right.
But, what do you need to consider when you are buying an engagement ring?
Firstly, you need to determine a budget. How much should you spend on an engagement band? – Contrary to popular belief, there is no right or wrong answer. A lot of people believe they have to spend three month’s wages on this. However, don’t feel the need to do so if you can’t comfortably afford it. The price tag is irrelevant – as long as the ring is of quality, looks beautiful and is to your girlfriend’s taste.
Your girlfriend’s taste and ring size
You will need to find out information regarding your girlfriend’s taste and her ring size, this is why it is important to talk to your partner’s friends when buying the all-important ring. Should you buy a silver, gold or platinum ring? What shape of the diamond is best? Do you go for a big sparkler or something more subtle? This all depends on your girlfriend and her style. Most men need a helping hand in this department and her friends will be more than happy to provide it. When it comes to ring size, it is always a good idea to take a ring your girlfriend usually wears from her jewelry box. Don’t let her find out though!
The four C’s
When buying a diamond engagement band you will need to consider the four C’s. These are distinguished in the GIA certification grading system and are widely deemed to be the most important diamond qualities. Let’s dig a little bit deeper…
What are the four C’s you need to know about when buying a diamond ring?
- Colour – Graded from D (colorless) to Z (yellow). The best grades of diamond color are generally from D to J.
- Clarity – This relates to the blemishes on the diamond. It starts with IF (internally flawless). This is a diamond which boasts no inclusions. They are very rare. VVS1, VVS2, VS1, and VS2 are all high-quality options. Brands like Tacori have premium clarity options available with their diamond rings.
- Cut – This relates to the proportions of the diamond. It is not to be confused with the shape. If a diamond has been cut too shallow or too deep the light will spill out and so you won’t get the beautiful reflective sparkle as you will with a diamond that has been cut properly. This starts with Ideal, then Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor.
- Carat – Finally, the last ‘C’ is carat weight. This is the easiest to understand. The larger a diamond is the rarer it is and thus the more expensive it becomes.
So there you have it: the complete guide to choosing an engagement ring. Good luck!
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