So you’re getting hitched, congrats! But now that you’ve made the decision, its time to pick out the engagement and wedding rings, cue stress. It important to approach this time with some very clear ideas about what you both want and have a plan in mind, so we have prepared a few things to consider before heading out to buy your rings.
First thing you’ll need to do before you step into a jewelry store is establish a budget. It will help the jeweler show you options that are in your price range. Keep in mind however, that prices can be negotiated. There’s nothing romantic about going into major debt, so only buy the nicest ring that you can afford. In the end, it’s not the amount of money you spend on an engagement ring that matters, but rather the thought that goes into it.
If you plan on making the engagement a surprise, it’s a good idea to find out her ring size first. If it doesn’t fit her, you can always get it it resized, but it will cost you extra. To ensure the right size, sneak a ring out of her room when she’s in the bathroom or out of the house, and choose one that she doesn’t wear often so she won’t notice.
Next comes style. What style does she like? If you’re choosing wedding rings, what style do you both like? There are a whole lot of bands to choose from, varying in price and look as there are many metals available. Your choices will generally be between yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, platinum and silver. Trends often determine the desirability of the metal. Each metal has their pros and cons, overall though, it will be the preferred style that will be the decider, not the durability.
This is where most of the decisions are made. A well cut diamond reflects light from one facet to another and projects the light through the top of the stone. This is what gives a diamond its sparkle. This is the most important aspect of the diamond. You will then need to decide the color, a truly colorless diamond is the most expensive. Then there is the carat. This refers to the weight of a diamond. The heavier the stone, the more you’re going to pay. However, a master jeweler can make a diamond appear larger than its carat weight might suggest.
Your choice of cut will be the next decision, they range consists of round, princess, pear, oval and heart. Finally there is the setting; tiffany, eternity band, bezel setting, channel setting or pave.
With so many decisions to make, it’s time to get started! Jewelers such as Joseph George have plenty of options to choose from so you can find your perfect ring. We are big fans of their selection so check it out.