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Making the decision to get engaged is a huge one, but deciding that you are ready to take the next step with your partner is just the first of many steps. Finding the right engagement ring for your partner can be an area full of minefields and concerns.
Here are 10 things you should know before you buy an engagement ring.
A new ring allows you to choose the cut of the diamond, any other stones you want to add to the ring, and that band that your future fiancee would prefer, offering you the chance to be more creative in your choice. However, proposing with a family heirloom really welcomes them into your family and can feel more meaningful to some.
Natural diamonds are often valued more than man-made, as they are often very old and very precious. However, the chemical makeup of both types of diamonds is the same, and there is no difference in the quality.
Look online and ask friends and family for recommendations for your jeweller. You want a jeweller with a good, longstanding reputation, who has a good follow up service such as ring re-sizing and any issues.
Consider that your partner’s friends can subtly get more information about the kind of ring they would like, without arousing suspicion.
It is traditional to have a diamond in an engagement ring, but there are a great number of other precious stones which can work. Rubies, sapphires and emeralds are popular choices. You should then ask the jeweller to look at different cuts to see which works best for you. The most popular diamond cut is round, but there is also pear, emerald, marquise, princess, oval and heart cuts which are all beautiful.
Make sure to check if there is any metal that your fiancee is sensitive to. A gold band is classic, but white gold, sterling silver, platinum and palladium are also popular options. Before choosing the band you should also find out your partner’s ring size. The easiest way to do this is to take a ring that you know fits them well into a jeweller.
The four C’s stand for cut, clarity, carat and colour. Carat stands for the weight of the diamond, divided by jewellers into points so that one carat is 100 points. Clarity stands for the flaws and inclusions within a diamond, so that
a ‘flawless’ diamond will cost much more than one with a lower clarity. Diamonds which are colourless (clear) are much more desirable than those with a cloudier colour, but very brightly coloured natural diamonds are appealing because of their rarity.
Real diamonds should always be provided with paperwork which proves that they are genuine. Without paperwork, a
‘diamond’ is just as likely to be a cubic zirconia or piece of shaped glass.
Don’t rush your decision and whilst you are deciding on a ring, see whether they wear certain metals more, and whether they prefer daintier or more flashy jewellery to aid your decision.
The traditional ideal of spending anything from one to three month’s salary on an engagement ring is very old fashioned now. Choosing a ring which you can afford is just as important as choosing one which your partner will adore.
And if you'd like to go the extra step and get a stunning piece of jewellery to compliment the beautiful engagement ring, you really can't go wrong with a piece of Tiffany jewellery, Cartier jewellery or Chopard jewellery.