[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”#C0C0C0″ background_color=””]G[/eltdf_dropcaps]etting married is exciting and choosing the perfect ring is probably one of the first most important decisions you will make. After all, it is something that is supposed to be cherished for a lifetime. Other than planning the proposal, we’ve put together a few tips on things to consider when shopping for the ring.
1. Know Your Fiancée’s Preferences
Firstly, what type of color, precious metal, setting, and stone does your fiancé-to-be like? If you’re not sure, talk to close friends and her family to find out.
2. Her Ring Size
If you don’t know her ring size yet, the best thing to do is secretly borrow one of her rings and have it measured by a jeweler.
3. Should You Choose a Diamond?
Diamonds are arguably the hardest substance known to man and have more fire and brilliance than any other gemstone. It will be gorgeous for decades and remains a traditional choice for engagement rings. We have a selection of beautiful custom engagement rings in Toronto to choose from.
4. Other Kinds of Gemstones to Consider
Rubies and sapphires are also popular stones for engagement rings and their hardness ensures that they will be durable for many years. You can also opt for emeralds. However, they are not as durable or hard as sapphires, diamonds, and rubies. These are things you may want to consider.
5. Don’t Forget the 4Cs
Always consider the 4Cs when shopping for a diamond engagement ring: color, cut, clarity, and karat weight. The 4C’s are standard for judging the quality of a diamond and will help you greatly when comparing different stones.
6. The Diamond Certificate
The diamond certificate documents vital statistics of a diamond, including its clarity, color, and weight, as well as the stone’s proportions. Always ask the jeweler for a certificate, and, if you need to, get advice to ensure you fully understand it.
7. Setting Stones on the Ring
It’s also important to consider the number of prongs on a ring and how they are constructed. Ideally, there need to be four to six prongs to secure the diamond. If the prongs are made of thin metal, keep in mind that the claw can get caught, and if there are just four prongs, you may risk losing your stone.
8. Which Metal?
Should you choose silver, gold, or platinum? The decision of which metal you choose for the engagement ring is a personal one. Platinum tends to be a little denser which means it is a heavier than gold, which some people enjoy the feel of. Also, platinum will become a little dull as it ages but it can easily be polished. However, white gold tends to get brighter with age. Platinum is also more ductile and is typically used in rings with delicate settings.
9. What About Shape?
The most traditional and popular choice for a diamond engagement ring tends to be a brilliant-cut, round stone. It is this shape that has the most sparkle and brilliance of all the cuts and it specially designed to last a lifetime.
Use these 9 factors when it is time to shop for an engagement ring, and you are sure to find something that truly symbolizes your love.