For us ladies, the proposal is just the start of the ride that is marriage. And, just like the big day, everything needs to be perfect, which is why the ring is essential. Now, men, I don’t mean to judge, but you are not known for your shopping skills. Whereas women have a sixth sense, men are severely lacking, which is obviously a problem! But, fear not, because we are here to help. No one wants you to get it wrong, and that is why we have compiled a few tips to get you started. Hopefully, your partner will get ring they want, and you will get the answer you want!
Consider The Four Cs
What are the four Cs? They stand for cut, clarity, colour and carat. Carat we are all well too aware of because that is what most people think they pay for when they buy a diamond. But, the other three are just as important.
The cut determines the shape of the diamond. The shape can vary from the classical round cut to the emerald, the oval or the princess cut. So, what shape does your fiancé like the most? However, the cut also has another important quality. Because the cut is designed by man, it can involve man made error, so you want one that reflects the light properly and sparkles.
The best colour is white, or colourless. Diamonds with a strong and distinct white colour are the rarest and most valuable.
The clarity is often misrepresented. Yes, the ‘cloudier’ the diamond, the more it affects the diamond’s fire or its sparkle. But, the clouds are also the diamond’s very own fingerprint, which makes them unique. As long as the stone is not graded Imperfect 3, you should be fine.
What Does She Want?
Trust me; she will have been dropping hints for a while. It is just up to you to catch them and make them a reality! Think back to all the times you have passed jewellery stores and try and think of a remark she made. Or, think about the jewellery she wears and likes. Is there a certain type of make that she prefers? For example, Solitaire diamond rings are incredibly popular among brides and future brides.
How Much Should You Pay?
The adage says that you should spend at least three months’ salary on an engagement ring. But, what if you earn less than the average, or what if you don’t have the money? Of course, if you don’t have the cash, you should find a cheaper alternative. Guides are just that: guides. You need to set your budget according to the amount you can afford to spend.
Purchase From A Retailer
The Internet has become a big part of our lives. But, where diamond rings are involved, you want to stick to the old and faithful method of buying directly from the store. Without seeing the ring in person, you cannot tell whether it is the same one.
And that, my friends, could end up being one of the costliest mistakes of your life.