An engagement ring is a symbol in today’s society for the agreement of a man and woman deciding to wed each other.
This is typically an elegant piece of jewelry containing a fine metal such as gold, silver or platinum and at least one diamond.
However, other gemstones are possible, but for the purpose of this information, we will be discussing only diamond engagement rings for women.
Men need to think about their budget as well as how to buy a quality ring when making this purchase.
The information below will help you choose the ideal ring for your fiancé.
Know Your Budget
You first need to know how much you can afford to pay for an engagement ring before going to purchase one.
Prices for these rings can be quite high, so it is important to know what your limit is.
However, do not just choose the cheapest ring, though, as there are other considerations to think about with this purchase.
Choice of Metal
Gold, sterling silver and platinum are the main metals in these rings today.
Gold typically comes in a variety of grades ranging from 10-karat to 18-karat in jewelry.
However, for fine jewelry such as engagement rings 14-karat to 18-karat is the preferred options.
Gold also comes in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and green gold.
What color you choose depends on the color of metals your fiancé typically wears in jewelry.
This will show you what your preferred color is.
Platinum is similar in color to white gold and has become another popular choice in engagement and wedding rings for women today.
This metal tends to be more expensive than gold because it is rarer.
It needs to be at least 95% pure to have the label of platinum.
Sterling silver is not pure silver, but a mixture or 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metal.
This mixture ratio provides a stronger silver than pure silver would for jewelry.
Sterling is less pricy than gold or platinum is in jewelry.
If you are on a tight budget, you may choose this metal over gold or platinum.
How to Choose a Diamond
You now need to learn how to select a diamond.
Many of the rings will come already assembled.
However, there are those jewelers that will allow you to choose the diamond and setting separately.
Whichever way you purchase the engagement ring, choosing the diamond includes the same considerations.
You need to understand the cut, clarity, carat, and color of diamonds to make the right choice for your budget and fiancé.
- Cut is the manner in which the cutter fashions the diamond to show off all of its brilliance. The diamond that has the right cut will reflect all of its colors and light to the observer.
- Clarity is in reference to the transparency or clearness of a diamond. Diamonds contain certain flaws, as there is no such thing as a perfect diamond. The clarity of the diamond is figured by how the visibility of the diamond is affected by the flaws. Flaws often are microscopic in nature, but can be larger at times. It takes a jeweler’s loupe to examine a diamond in detail for clarity.
- Carat is just the physical weight of the diamond. One carat is 200 milligrams and has 100 points. A diamond that weighs .75 carats has 75 points. Just because a diamond is larger does not mean it is worth more than a smaller one. You have to take clarity, color, and cut also into consideration when figuring the overall value of the diamond.
- Diamonds range in color from colorless to green. The closer to colorless the diamond is the greater the value for the most part. Your certificate will have the color grade on it. A stone with the grade of D, E and F are colorless, while G, H and I grades signify almost colorless. Even in colorless diamonds, you will find traces of gray, brown or yellow.
Buy the size of diamond you can afford.
This is where the carat of the diamond comes in at for you decision.
Other than this consideration, buy the diamond that has the best clarity, color, and cut within your price range.
However, there are still a few other things to think about before making your final decision.
Diamonds are cut into many different shapes including round, princess, pear, cushion, heart, asscher, oval, emerald, marquise and radiant.
It is strictly personal preference as to which shape you decide on for an engagement ring.
However, certain shapes are more formal looking than other ones are.
If you fiancé is more casual than formal, you may decide on the heart or round.
However, if she is more into the formal look, consider the marquise shape for her ring.
Ring settings are just the blank rings without the stones in them.
Sometimes you get to choose the settings and the diamonds separately and have the jeweler put the two together for you.
In this event, you would choose the stone first and then the setting that fits the shape of the stone.
Fiancé’s Hand Size
What does your fiancé’s hand size have to do with choosing her engagement ring?
The overall size of the ring should not be overwhelming for your fiancé to wear on a daily basis.
Buy a smaller ring for someone who has petite hands.
However, if your fiancé’s hand is large, a small ring will become lost on her hand.
All this information means that you need to take your time researching into engagement rings for women before you make a purchase.
Remember, she will wear this ring all the years of your marriage along with her wedding ring.
You will want it to be something she will treasure receiving from you.
Do not rush and make a hasty decision that you will regret.
In addition, only buy from a reputable jeweler.