The Ultimate Guide for Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

An engagement ring is one of the most important and valuable purchases a couple can make together. However, the type of engagement ring you choose together should represent what you represent as a couple. Here are a few more tips to consider when choosing the perfect engagement for your proposal.

Determine What Kind of Budget You Have

Don’t assume that you “need” to spend at least two months of your salary to buy an engagement ring for your significant other. You should only spend what’s affordable to you. If your fiancée wants a large ring, but you don’t have the biggest budget, consider getting a ring with a large surface area. However, if your significant other doesn’t care much about the ring and more about both your futures, concentrate on an ideal budget to spend with.

Figure Out Their Style

Before choosing a ring to go with, consider the style they want for their ring. For example, if your significant other is a minimalist, get a simple right, but if they are more of a traditionalist, get a ring that they will adore for years to come. You should also consider asking their close friends and family members for help picking out what kind of ring to get. However, the jeweler should be able to give you plenty of help as well.

Finding the Perfect Stone

Here are four of the most important aspects that make up the “perfect” stone:

  1. Cut

This refers to the “sparkle” of the diamond, not the actual shape, which ranges from poor to excellent. When a diamond is cut into a specific shape, it’s done to interact with a certain amount of light.

  1. Carat

The carat of a diamond refers to the weight of it. The average diamond is one carat or 200 milligrams.

  1. Clarity

Even the most beautiful looking diamonds have flaws, such as inclusions. These small imperfections are rated on a clarity scale, from flawless to included. The smaller and fewer imperfections there are, the more the diamond will cost.

  1. Color

Diamonds come in a wide range of shades, but the rarest and most expensive are colorless. Color is ranked from D, or no color, to Z, or visibly yellow. Currently, the most popular colors for engagement rings are yellow, pink, and even chocolate.

Select the Shapes

As mentioned above, the style of engagement ring you choose should match your girlfriend’s style. There are a lot of different shape options you can choose from. These include round, oval, emerald, princess, pear, cushion, and more. Take a look at each shape and think about which one your future spouse would like the most.

Picking the Metal

Once you select the stone and the shape, you can look at band materials. There are a few different ones to choose from, each with different features, colors, and advantages. Platinum is a popular choice because of its durability and purity. This makes it an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin. Gold is another common choice that many people love because it’s available in a range of colors from white to rose and even green. There is also silver, palladium, and more.

Choosing Custom or Antique

Though different options, both of these types of engagement rings are outside the norm. If your girlfriend loves vintage clothing, décor, and movies from decades past, vintage or antique rings may be the way to go. These rings offer a one-of-a-kind look for your one-of-a-kind girl. Plus, they are usually less expensive than comparable, newer rings. On the other hand, custom rings are an excellent choice if you are artistic or if your girlfriend has very specific tastes. A major selling point for custom rings is that there is no other like it in the world.

Determining Ring Size

Figuring out your future fiancé’s ring size without asking can be difficult, but it is not totally impossible. Most women’s ring size is between six and six and a half. When choosing a size, it is always best to go bigger. A jeweler can adjust the size if needed, but it is easier to remove material than it is to add it. You can get a better idea of her size by looking at one of her rings and tracing it or bringing it to the jeweler.

Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Jacob Mercari. She regularly produces content for a variety of jewelry and lifestyle blogs.

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