Most couples today shop for their engagement rings together. But if you want to surprise her with an engagement ring, then you should find one that she will love. And in order to do that, you need to know what your future fiancée wants. You can do this by talking to their family or best friend. Just make sure that you can trust them to keep the ring a secret.
However, if you don’t want to ask anyone about the engagement ring, you will need to do some investigating. You should take a cue at the jewellery she loves to wear. You should know whether she likes silver, platinum or gold. Does she like classic jewellery, or does she prefer vintage ones? This can take several weeks until you are sure about her ring preferences.
When shopping for engagement rings, it is important to know your future fiancée’s preferred shape for the gem. The shape is different from the cut of the gem. The former is the actual geometric shape of the stone while the latter is related to the angles of the facets in the gem. You should know her shape preference before even considering the 4 Cs, which are cut, clarity, carat, and colour.
The Setting of the Engagement Ring
The setting is the metal framework that holds the stone in place. It is important to choose the right one because it can set the tone of the engagement ring. If you opt for the classic round stone, then combine it with a bezel setting for a modern look. If you have an oval stone, you can make it into a more traditional one with the use of a four prong setting. The ring is perfect when you have the right combination of setting and shape.
Engagement Ring Band
The band of the engagement rings is made of different metals. One of the most popular choices is platinum because it is durable. It is also recommended for people with sensitive skin because it is hypoallergenic. Another popular choice for bands is gold, which comes in different colors such as yellow, green rose, and white. There are some couples who get bands made of recycled metal that is a combination of gold and platinum. Another option is palladium, which has a more grey shade than platinum.
Choose Loose Stones
If you have a limited budget, then look for loose stones instead of stones that are already in a setting. The only exemption is when you are buying an estate ring. The cost of the stone accounts for most of the price of the engagement ring. That’s why you should consider buying the best stone that’s within your budget. A reputable jeweller will help you choose the right stone for the ring.
Price of the Engagement Ring
Some people say that the engagement ring should be worth at least two months of your salary. This is not true. You should find a ring that your future fiancée will love without you going into major debt. If your girlfriend wants a large stone, then find one with a larger table area. A one carat ring can look bigger if the stone is not too deep. And if you don’t want to sacrifice the look of the stone, then purchase one with a little lower carat. Buying a 1.8 carat instead of 2 will give you a savings of around 20 percent.
Diamond Grading Report
Diamonds that are one carat or bigger must come with a diamond grading report given by an independent gemological association such as the GIA or the American Gem Society. There should also be a fingerprint of the ring on the bill of sale that includes the 4Cs of the stone, dimension, shape, and other cosmetic enhancements. It should also include stuff that affected the value of the ring, such as whether it is a period piece or an antique; custom designed or handmade; or if it is made by a famous jewel designer.
Keep in mind that once the engagement ring is ordered, it will take around six weeks to arrive or even longer if it is custom made. If you want an engraving on the inside of the engagement ring, be sure to request the inscription when the order is placed.