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Deciding on What Engagement Ring to Buy?

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Published: 09/25/2011

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A Man's Guide to Finding the Perfect Match for His Fiancee

There are many choices when it comes to buying an  engagement ring. You want it to fit perfectly, as well as be the right style.  You also need to consider your budget.

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.