Deciding on What Engagement Ring to Buy?
A Man's Guide to Finding the Perfect Match for His Fiancee
Engagement rings are so beautiful, and there are so many choices that it's hard to know where to start when looking for one. Then with all that jewelry jargon, it can be very confusing. There are basically only three things to consider when purchasing an engagement ring, which include what type of metal is best, what type of diamond is a good value, and what style or design of the ring is best for your fiancee.
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Diamonds come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and qualities. The majority of diamonds used in engagements rings is white. The quality is determined by the size and number of what they call inclusions. These are just minute traces of non-crystallized carbon, from where diamonds come from. Most cannot be seen by the naked eye. The more inclusions, however, the less sparkle the diamond will display.
While many of the diamonds may appear clear and white, some may actually have some yellow and brown tones to them, which you can see when comparing them side by side. Be sure that you talk with the jewelry dealer about this, if you truly want a white diamond for the engagement ring.
The weight of the diamond is measured in carats. The carat measurement is actually determined by its weight, not its size, as some people mistake. The cut of the diamond is also important. The cut is what gives the diamond its sparkle and brilliance.
Gold or Platinum: Choosing the Engagement Ring Band
Most engagement rings are made from either gold or platinum. Then there is white gold or yellow gold. Are you wondering which to choose? Keep in mind that platinum is a lot more expensive than gold. The gold is usually 18 or 14 karats and can be either white, yellow, or rose gold. Many experts would agree that 18 karat gold is the best choice for engagement rings, as it will last a lifetime, and is a good deal, if you are on a budget.
The Engagement Ring Design
The design of the ring is probably one of the most important things to choose, next to the diamond. There are basically four things to consider when choosing a design for an engagement ring.
- It has to be practical to wear.
- It has to withstand everyday wear.
- It has to hold the diamond securely.
- It has to look good or genuine.
You have to decide what is practical. The higher the setting the more chances it will catch on things. It needs to withstand everyday wear. You will have to take into consideration whether she works behind a desk or in a factory that uses chemicals. A heavier style will last longer. That doesn't mean necessarily wider, just a stronger shank. If you prefer a more delicate style, go with platinum, it will outlast gold anytime.
It needs to hold the diamond securely. Six prongs are best to hold the diamond. A heavier setting is stronger than a light setting and lower setting is less likely to be damaged than a higher setting.
As for it looking good, that is a very personal choice. Take a good look at all the different designs and choose one you think your lady love will treasure.
Nowadays, most couples shop for an engagement ring together, unlike the good ole days when the future husband would surprise the intended with a ring. Choosing an engagement ring doesn't have to be stressful. Enjoy the search, and take your time hunting for that special engagement ring. It is well worth the efforts to see it last forever.