Purchasing an engagement ring can seem like a daunting task, but with the correct information and right approach it can actually be a fun and painless process.
When it comes to purchasing an engagement ring know what you want to spend:
You will be confronted with a dizzying array of choices when it comes to engagement rings, so make sure you have a price range in mind!
Going in with fairly specific financial parameters will help you and your jeweller find the right engagement ring to fit your budget, as well as narrow down your search.
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What kind of jewellery does she already wear?
Is she more classic or modern? Feminine or sophisticated? Does she wear more silver or gold? Do her pieces tend to be more delicate or chunky? Simple or ornate?
Have these preferences in mind when you set out to shop. If you buy something similar to what she already likes, you can’t go wrong.
Make sure you know her ring size.
If she wears rings, borrow one she already owns. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap for an impression.(make sure you choose a ring for the right finger!)
You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. A jeweller can use these measurements to identify her approximate ring size.
If she doesn’t wear rings, estimate in the following manner:
The average ring size in Canada is 6 (based on the ‘average’ Canadian female being 5’4″ tall and weighing 140 lbs.)
If she’s more slender, or fine boned, her ring size is probably in the 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 range.
If she is heavier, larger boned or taller, her ring size is probably in the 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 range.
Remember that it’s always better to buy a ring a bit bigger than you think she’ll need, since sizing a ring down is much easier to do than increasing its size!
Know what diamond shape suits her.
If she hasn’t made it easy for you by already voicing an opinion on the subject, here are a few things to keep in mind when considering the shape of the diamond:
– She will be wearing this ring 24/7 every day of your married life. It will need to go with everything from jeans to evening wear. If you’re uncertain about her shape preference, it’s sensible to stick to the classics. They became classics because they appeal to most people most of the time.
– Shapes with fewer facets, such as emerald or square, require higher clarity. The fewer the facets, the more visible any inclusions will be.
– Certain shapes pair more successfully with other gems in multi-stone rings. Round, Oval and Marquise all work well. Pear and Heart shape are more challenging.
– Taste in shape is often reflected in other tastes a woman has. If she prefers clean, modern lines in furniture, for example, it’s likely she’ll react well to the same aesthetic in Emerald or Square shapes.
–If she tends towards the traditional, a round shape rarely misses the mark. More bohemian types tend to favor more unusual shapes, like Trilliant or Marquise.
What Setting Makes Sense?
While there are an unending variety of patterns, details and metal choices, there are three basic types you are likely to encounter:
Solitaire – A single stone. Still the most popular choice in engagement rings. The head secures the diamond. Prongs allow the diamond to catch the most light. A four-prong-setting shows more of the diamond, but a six-prong setting is often more secure.
Side-stone – Diamonds or other gemstones, flank the main stone for additional sparkle or color. Popular side-stone settings include ‘channel’, which protects stones by keeping them flush, and ‘bar-channel’, which allows more light to enter the side-stones.
Three Stone – One diamond for the past, one for the present, and one for the future. Typically, the center diamond is larger than the two side stones.
As to actual setting design, consider her lifestyle, and how well a certain setting will fit into it. If she’s more active or outdoorsy, look for lower profile, less ornate, more sturdy choices, which are less likely to get knocked or caught on things.
If she’s more of a glamour girl, look for statement settings, with a higher stone profile and more intricate ring detailing or unique motif.
Although the possibilities can seem endless, you can find comfort in knowing that when you deal with a professional, experienced, and knowledgeable jeweller, shopping for an engagement ring can actually be a lot less daunting than it initially appears.
Allow your jeweller’s professional experience to help guide you in the right direction, but as with any major purchase, it always pays to do your homework ahead of time!
We hope this article has given you a bit more of a background on choosing an engagement ring, but should you have any additional questions about this or any other jewellery related topics, remember, you can always: “Ask Our Jeweller”
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