Choosing an Engagement Ring
12 May / 10
Many gents agonise more over what engagement ring to buy than they do over whether to ask a woman to marry them in the first place. If this is the case, just try to relax and try to remember that what you're feeling is only natural - if you care about someone, you want them to have the best and, more importantly, you want them not to just like the ring, but to love it.
After taking a big breath, consider the following: Budget It's always good to have an idea of how much you have to spend before you even begin to shop. Traditionally, the man would spend about two months salary on an engagement ring, if only to prove to the woman's family that he can save money and that the object of his affections is worth every penny. However, more or less is quite acceptable in modern times, depending on your budget and savings.
Get Informed By this, we mean get informed about the 4 C's of diamond quality - carat, cut, colour and clarity - and what makes a diamond more or less valuable. Don't be afraid to ask a question, no matter how silly you feel it might be. A diamond ring is more than a token of your love; it is also an investment and something you usually purchase only a few times in your lifetime. You want to get it right.
Do Some Snooping To be certain she'll love the ring you buy, assuming it's a total surprise, you will probably want to do a little detective work. What kind of jewelry does she typically wear? Is it classic and understated or showy and attention-getting? What about the gold? Does she usually wear white gold, yellow gold or platinum? And what about her ring size? This might be a good time to enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member, who might know the size or might be able to sneak one of her rings so you can find out the size. All of these things will come into play as you shop.
Choices, Choices Now that you have some idea of her tastes and preferences, it's time to shop. We at Diamond Rocks offer engagement ring shopping in two easy categories: Ready Made Rings and Design Your Own Ring.
Ready Made Rings are pretty self-explanatory. Put simply, they are diamonds that have been pre-set into either platinum or 18ct white gold settings. Choices include beautiful light-catching diamond solitaire engagement rings and mesmerizing multi-stone diamond engagement rings .
On the Design Your Own Ring side, the choices are virtually unlimited. Essentially, you select the diamond and the setting, creating your own design. Maybe it will be a princess cut 1ct diamond in an 18ct white gold claw setting. Or maybe it will be an emerald cut diamond in a platinum setting. One thing's certain, however - it will be unique.
Down the Road Although the engagement ring really is a special piece all its own, it's always a good thing to look ahead, realising that you will also be purchasing wedding bands at some point. A wedding ring is often a companion for the engagement ring and therefore the two must look good together and be of the same metal. Sometimes, the woman's engagement and wedding rings can be purchased together as a set.
Diamond Rocks While this may be your first time purchasing a diamond engagement ring, it is by far not the first time we've sold one. Let our experience be your guide. Diamond Rocks is based in the heart of the UK's diamond jewellery district at Hatton Garden, London. We are experts in diamond and diamond jewellery. If we can answer any of your questions or provide additional information regarding your diamond purchase, please do not hesitate to let us know.
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