Selecting an engagement ring is one of the most exciting yet intimidating things a person can do. There’s a ton of pressure to make the right choice, but it can be difficult to determine which ring will bring that enormous smile from your significant other and get you that highly coveted yes. These five considerations can help you in your important endeavor.
The most important factor to consider is the price. According to Forbes, the average cost of an engagement ring is about $5,000. This can be a bit much for many to spend on a ring. A traditional guide to determine the correct price to spend on the ring is three months of your salary. Some people follow this guide, but it’s more common these days that people do not. Many understand the hefty burden a large purchase can bring and they decide their budget based on the amount their expenses allow for them to afford. Regardless of how you determine your price range, know that there are great selections for every budget.
You cannot go engagement ring shopping without considering the three Cs. The three Cs, according to the Huffington Post, are carat, cut, clarity, and color. Thee four areas are evaluated to determine the quality of a diamond. The carat indicates the diamond’s weight. Cut refers to the shape of the diamond. Clarity is a measure of the natural inclusions, or the imperfections, of the diamond. Color categorizes diamonds based on their color with colorless being optimal. Quite naturally, the better a diamond ranks in each category, the higher the price will be for the ring. Become familiar with these ratings and their associated costs. That way, you can shop around and know when you’ve found a great deal.
Another factor, related the three Cs’ ratings, is to take your significant other’s preferences into consideration. Regardless of your income and the gigantic ring you might be able to afford, if you’re marrying your sweetheart who is very modest and not into showboating, then buying a huge, sparkling diamond that looks like it requires a bodyguard isn’t probably the best way to go. There are many different personalities and jewelry is an awesome way to showcase those individual differences. If you don’t already know, you can find out your significant other’s preferences by observation or even talking to a few close friends or family members. Perhaps your love has expressed to someone the details of the ring of their dreams or maybe has all their rings with a particular shape. Clues can be found if you look hard enough. If you’re not into surprises, just ask. That’s one way you know you’ll get it right.
What good is a ring if it doesn’t fit! You definitely will want this ring to fit so it won’t keep sliding off as they show or off, or worse yet, can’t even grease it on to fit their finger. Again, you may have to do some investigating to determine your significant other’s ring size. This may also be a good time to involve close family and friends to get an accurate answer.
Many people overlook the long-term care of what is often the most expensive piece of jewelry that they will buy. A warranty should be a must-have when purchasing an engagement ring. The plan is usually to be together forever, and until an upgrade is made the ring should be forever as well. Although you will have to pay extra for what is usually considered an extended warranty, it’s well worth it, especially if it’s a lifetime guarantee. This will usually involve periodic checks on the ring to be sure it’s in working order. It will, however, give you peace of mind that you can always have this precious stone be around as a symbol of your true love.
Engagement ring shopping can be complex. However, with proper planning and much thought, you can choose an awe-striking jewel that will take your lover’s breath away and into thinking of a lifetime with you by their side.