Shopping for a bridal set can be one of the most exciting moments in a couple’s life. This excitement has little to do with the material aspect of the purchase; it is really all about what that the rings represent. Wedding rings are designed to be worn for a lifetime. They are an enduring symbol of the deep love and commitment between you and your spouse, which is why it is important to take your time to find the set that is right for you.
There are some important things to know and consider before making this jewelry purchase. You’ll want to think about diamond quality, metal type and budget. Once you make your purchase you’ll also want to take care of your bridal set, so it will last for many happy years to come.
When buying a diamond you will want to keep the 4Cs in mind which are:
Carat – Diamonds are measured by weight, which can play a diamond role in terms of cost. The larger a diamond, the rarer the stone, so that means a higher price tag.
Cut – can have a big impact on the brilliance of the stone. A diamond that is cut too shallow or too deep can have a negative effect on the way light reflects throughout the stone.
Color – the absence of color is important in determining a diamond’s quality as well. A slight variation in color can have a tremendous affect on a stone’s value.
Clarity – is determined by the lack of blemishes or inclusions found in a diamond.
You’ll also want to choose the metal type for your bridal set. First, want to decide if you prefer a white or yellow metal — or even a combination of the two. Then you need to think about durability and budget.
Gold – is naturally a rich yellow color. It is also very soft so it needs to be alloyed with other metals to make it stronger. White gold is created by adding white alloys to the gold. Karats (14k, 18k, 22k) refers to the amount of pure gold in a piece.
Platinum – is a bright, white metal. For most jewelry pieces they are made using 95% pure platinum. It is rarer and more durable than gold.
Bridal sets are meant to be worn a life time, so you will want to be sure you take them in for regular cleanings and inspections. This can save you on repair costs, as well as the heartache that comes from losing a stone.