You’ve finally worked up the courage to pop the question and now you need to find the perfect ring for your partner! There are lots of bits of advice floating around out there, but we bring it down to the three essential things you need to know about choosing an engagement ring. If you want to play it safe and get her a place-holder ring, that’s completely legitimate, too. But if you’re brave enough to take the plunge into marriage, you can show her how much you care about her (and know her taste!) by picking out a ring yourself. Ready? Let’s do this!
Tip 1: Crash course on the 4 C’s
Do you know anything about diamonds? No? That’s ok, because we are the experts! Let’s start with the 4 C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat.
- Cut is all about the angles and proportions of the stone. Expert cutters bring out the best in diamonds and the cut is what gives diamonds their sparkle. You’ll want a well-cut diamond to bring out the brilliance of the diamond as it is flashed around to her friends to ooh and ahh over.
- Color. Wait, aren’t diamonds without color? Surprise! Diamonds come in a whole range of colors. The color of a diamond is graded on a scale that ranges from colorless (D) to light yellow (Z). Diamonds without color are the most rare and most expensive. White- colored diamonds are the most popular. But ultimately, the color you choose should match the preference of the person whose finger it will adorn.
- Clarity is a lack of imperfections. A diamond with few imperfections has more clarity than one with more imperfections. This is where “inclusions” gets mentioned by your jeweler, when you’re discussing the clarity of a diamond. There are tiny fractures or other minerals in the diamond, and the fewer, the better the diamond quality is. Clarity comes in a range. Your best bet is to find a diamond measuring SI1 or SI2 on the scale since their imperfections cannot be seen with the naked eye. You also should avoid selecting a diamond that has inclusions on the top or middle since this will make the diamond sparkle less.
- Carat is the weight of a diamond. This is the “C” that most people are familiar with, but it’s one that’s actually the least important to your decision. Our master craftsmen can make diamonds appear larger than their carat weight. With the right shaping and mounting, we can have your carat boxing in a higher weight class with more expensive rings.
Tip 2: This band is as important as the one that will play at your wedding
There are lots of things that go into deciding on the perfect band to encircle your loved one’s finger.
- What kind of metal should you choose for the band? The band is the part of the ring that wraps around the finger and that the diamond is placed in. Most bands are gold, silver, or platinum metals. Gold is yellow in its natural state and is alloyed with another metal to give it strength and durability. You also can choose white gold, which is combined with metals to give it an off-white color. If you’re more into silvery colors, you might try platinum. We don’t sell silver bands at Yadav.
- What style should you choose for the band? Now that you’ve chosen the metal for the band, you can decide what its overall look should be. You’ve got a lot of choices here, but you can’t go wrong with a classic design. If you want to layer on more stones into the ring, you should choose a thicker band design.
- What kind of setting should you choose? The setting is how the diamond will be set into the band. It’s pronged, set low or high, or a bezel setting depending on your preference. If your lady is super-active, you’ll want a secure setting to safely hold the gem into the ring while she’s rock climbing or running a marathon.
Tip 3: Buy from an expert jeweler that you can trust
We can’t emphasize this enough— you have to find a jeweler whose expertise you can trust to guide you in this important purchase. At Yadav Jewelry, we’ve been doing this since 1983. We’ve helped thousands of happy couples as they start on a long and happy partnership, and we’ve made their lives sparkle with anniversary gifts to mark the milestones along the way. Make an appointment today to meet our team and discover the best quality ring you can afford for your future mate.