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Engagement Ring Buying Guide

12 STEPS TO SELECTING THAT PERFECT ENGAGEMENT RING

Engagement ring buying guide1. The Types of Diamond Engagement Rings…

One of the best options for an engagement ring would be solitaire. There are many different variations when it comes to the solitaire, however, the most common are the four-prong and the six-prong solitaire settings.  There is also a setting that consists of three stones which can come in many different shapes and sizes. Your setting can be hand crafted with either white gold, yellow gold or platinum.

2. The Quality is Important…

Yes, the price on that ring is important, but that’s not the only thing that is important. The quality of the engagement ring is also important – from the band to the stone. You should always make sure that you are getting what you paid for. In saying that, ensure you have researched the cut, colour, clarity and carat of diamonds.

3. Take the Preferences of the Girl in Mind…

When it comes to choosing out that perfect ring, you will also need to take your partners preferences into consideration. Many women do not like the traditional solitaire. You will need to know your partners personality in order to know what her preferences are.

Feel free to ask her what she likes. Tell her that you are trying to help your friend pick a ring out and would like her opinion on it.

4. How Much are You Able to Spend…

This should actually be listed as the very first one, because you will need to know how much you are able to spend before you do anything else. During this time, you should realise that you are not only paying for the wedding, but the honeymoon as well. You don’t want to go into debt over a ring. This should be a process that you put a lot of thought into.

5. Find a Jeweller that you can trust…

Don’t just choose any jeweller, find a jeweller that you can trust, who is reputable and with enough industry experience to help you make the right choice. If you have never been to a jeweller, then seek advice from your friends and family members.

6. Buying a Ring on the Internet…

Buying a ring on the Internet has many risks involved.  Obviously, buying a ring from a reputable jeweller will allow you to ‘touch and feel’ the ring and ensure you are getting what you have paid for.

7. Pick the Metal Out…

Many engagement rings are platinum, yellow or white gold. You should do your research and pick out the best type of metal for you.

8. The Specs on Platinum…

Did you know that platinum is known for being one of the strongest metals out there? In fact, it is considered to be rarer than gold and is also more expensive than gold too.

9. The Specs on Yellow Gold…

Yellow gold is one of the most common types of metal for both engagement and wedding rings.  Gold carats are denoted in twenty fourths, pure gold has 24 carats – that is 24/24 parts by mass is gold or 100% gold.  You never get 24 carat jewellery as the gold is too soft to be used for general jewellery purposes.  To make jewellery suitable for wear and tear, gold is blended with copper, silver and sometimes nickel to harden it.  The carats tell you how much other metal has been added.

Most engagement rings will be 18 carat gold which is 18/24 gold by mass or 75% gold.  All good jewellery will be hallmarked by the jeweller on indicate the carat.  Our recommendation is to use 18 carat gold on all jewellery as it provides the best combination of strength, appearance and resistance to tarnishing.

10. The Specs on White Gold…

When one measures white gold, they will be measuring it by the same standards as they measure yellow gold. White gold is treated in order to show a silver like finish (rhodium plated).  This finish is eventually going to wear off and will need to be re-rhodium plated, which is relatively fast and inexpensive and can be easily done by your jeweller.

11. Don’t forget to Choose that Setting…

When it comes to the important aspects of selecting that engagement ring, you should not forget to select the setting. There are many different ring settings on an engagement ring. Some of the common ones are solitaires and bridal sets. Before you go shopping for that special ring, you should have the setting you are looking for in your mind.

12. Ask for a Certificate…

This last tip is very important as the certificate will confirm that the diamond is genuine.  If you choose to have your ring insured, an appraisal will be required.