Picking The Perfect Engagement Ring
Choosing an engagement ring can be difficult.
When it comes to selecting the ideal engagement ring, familiarizing yourself with a few main aspects of this significant purchase can assist you in making the best decision. An engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, and like any other investment, you want to be well-informed so that you can make an informed decision.
10 tips to find a perfect engagement ring
First and foremost, if you weren't ready to take this measure, you wouldn't be considering a ring. So, take a deep breath and shake it off. Remember, this is the start of something you've already begun. Society places a lot of emphasis on finding the perfect engagement ring and planning the perfect wedding, but the fact is that this is all about you and her. The specifics will come easily if you have her in mind from the start, and locating the ring will not seem like the most difficult task in the world.
Think of Her Style.
Bear in mind what we said about "having her in mind." This is the point at which you start. You probably have a general understanding of her appearance based on her clothing choices, favorite shoes, favorite colors, and so on. Take note of her preferences:
Is she a fan of smaller, more delicate pieces of jewelry?
Is she a fan of a dazzling centerpiece for its wow factor?
Is she prone to being whimsical and eclectic?
Your budget figure.
Let's talk about money now: creating a budget that works for you is important. Knowing your budget before you start looking for engagement rings will help you get the most bang for your buck. All you have to do now is set a budget that you are happy with and stick to it. You'll be able to concentrate on choices where your dollar goes further if you keep your budget in mind when you shop (but the ring still has a stunning design).
Do Your Research.
Speaking of plans, now that you know her style and have a budget in mind, you can start looking. Online searches will undoubtedly assist you in narrowing down the ring types you're considering. Look via jeweler websites to see their look books, collections, and portfolios.
Think about the current trends.
Look at her friends and family first: has she mentioned any rings that have taken her breath away to them? You can always ask her for more information if you need it. However, depending on how much of a surprise you want the ring to be, you can have to be sneaky.
Here are some examples of when you might ask a question:
One of your ring choices appears when you're watching a commercial on the couch.
One of your mates gets engaged and posts pictures on Facebook (of a ring style you're considering).
Consider Custom Ring Design
The key is to gather your ideas, her interests, and all of your inspiration and take it to a jeweler who can create a custom design, ideally on-site (for timing and better accessibility). The best custom jewelers will sit down with you and go over everything with you, including:
Timeline and Budget
Gemstones and Diamonds
Cuts and Styles
Questions and Concerns
Compare Your Options
You've made it this far and can see the finish line. After all of your study and soul-searching, you could only have a few choices. This is where you go the most in-depth: which ring shouts "this is her"? For others, this may be a gut decision that feels natural, and for others, it may be a compilation of pros and cons. But, regardless of the path you choose, this is a decision that only you and you alone can make.
Consider working directly with a jeweler.
Custom feels more special than simply walking into a store and selecting something. In general, many people now want something that straddles the line between vintage and modern. It's not so much about a large diamond anymore as it is about quality oversize or a unique shape, such as a rose cut. And many people are abandoning diamonds entirely. I created a stunning ring out of alexandrite, a color-changing stone that appears greenish-blue in daylight and purple in incandescent light. [Engagement rings] are no longer one-size-fits-all.
Consider the Maintenance.
Wash and soak a wedding band with stones in warm sudsy water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush (too much pressure can loosen the stones from their setting), rinse it, and pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth. Isn't that a lot of upkeep? You might want to go with a simple gold or platinum ring—just rub it with a soft, lint-free cloth (chamois works well) and you're done.
Check for Quality
All rings, not just wedding groups, are responsible for quality control. Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: a marking of the manufacturer and the quality mark, 24Kor PLAT for instance (this proves the metal quality is what the retailer says it is).
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