If you and your significant other have started talking about marriage, you may have thought about or even begun engagement ring shopping. Shopping for diamonds can be a bit intimidating: there seems to be a lot of information to know regarding cut, clarity, carat and color and the cost of purchasing a ring makes shopping even more daunting. Fortunately, here are some helpful tips that are sure to relieve some of your worries.
1. Begin With the Shape in Mind
If you are shopping for your future fiancée’s ring on your own, it is extremely important that you at least know what shape your bride-to-be prefers. Most women have a particular shape in mind so it is best to either come right out and ask her or have a friend figure out what shape she desires. Remember, this ring is something your future wife will be wearing everyday so you want to make sure it is something she will love. Here are five basic diamond ring shapes:
- Round – this shape is by far the most popular of diamond ring sales. Over 75 percent of all diamonds sold are round.
- Princess – this square shape is fairly new in the diamond scene but is quickly gaining popularity because of its extra sparkle.
- Emerald – this shape is typically long and rectangular and most brides choose this shape to add decorative touches next to the focal gemstone. Nevertheless, the emerald shape can also be the focal point in an engagement ring as well.
- Pear – this shape is not the most common but the distinctiveness may attract some women who desire to step outside the norm and make a bold statement.
- Marquise – this beautiful shape is essentially an oval but with pointed ends. This shape is an excellent choice if you need to opt for a smaller diamond as it can make the stone look larger.
In addition to these shapes, you may hear terms such as baguette (rectangular-shaped), radiant (not quite rectangular and not a perfect square), oval and heart.
2. Consider the Framework
Once you have determined what shape of stone to purchase, the next step is to determine the setting, or metal framework, that will hold the diamond. There are several choices when it comes to the way your diamond will be held in place. Some examples include tension-mount, prong, bezel, channel and more. You can ask your jeweler to show you different settings or check out this website to get an idea of what type of setting looks best with the diamond shape you have selected.
3. Choose a Metal
A third factor that you need to consider when shopping for a ring is the type of metal. The three most common metal choices include yellow gold, white gold and platinum. Rose gold is also offered by some reputable jewelers. Yellow gold is considered the traditional metal since it has been around the longest while white gold has quickly become a popular choice. Platinum is ideal for women who have sensitive skin as it is hypoallergenic.
4. Plan Ahead
One last important factor to consider is time. If you plan on having your ring custom-made you need to plan on waiting several weeks until your order is complete. Be sure to plan ahead so that you can give your future fiancée her beautiful ring on the date you have planned.