Throughout the world, diamonds are used to symbolize love and the unbreakable bond of marriage. Searching for an engagement ring, however, can be very stressful, since there are many factors which can affect your decision, such as shape, beauty, size, and cost. Most women have been dreaming of their perfect engagement ring for years. The following information will give you the knowledge you need to make that very special purchase.
Start by noting her taste. Does she wear gold or silver-toned jewelry? Does she favor sapphires or emeralds, or does she seem to be a traditionalist who would choose a single diamond?
Watch as she flips through magazines or admires her other peoples’ engagement rings. This can be a big clue!
You can also be a bit more blatant and ask her friends and family what type of engagement ring they think she’d like. Enlist one of her friends to ask her what kind of engagement ring she likes. If the surprise of the engagement isn’t an issue, you can even ask her exactly what she’d like, or even take her shopping with you.
When you are shopping for a diamond engagement ring, keep the Four C’s in mind – Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat. These are the standards by which diamonds are classified. To choose a diamond wisely, you will want to be familiar with this information.
You don’t want to have to go back to the jeweler for a resizing if you can help it…ideally the engagement ring will slide right onto her finger and stay there as a symbol of your love! But how can you find out what size ring she wears, without making her suspicious?
Sneak into her jewelry box and do one of the following:
- Make an impression of one of her rings in a piece of clay or other moldable material.
- Trace the inside of the ring onto a piece of paper.
- Take one (only if she will not notice!) to the jewelry store with you.
If your fiancι-to-be is not in the habit of leaving jewelry where you can have easy access to it, ask one of her friends or a member of her family to try to get the information out of her. It’s amazing what girls talk about with one another without the slightest suspicion!
The most common and popular diamond shape for engagement rings is round, or brilliant; Close to 75% of diamonds sold are round! This is because they tend to sparkle more than other shapes. Other shapes of engagement ring diamonds are known as “fancy”.