Shopping for engagements rings can be a stressful task, but it does not have to be. You are probably already very excited to be getting married to woman of your dreams and that is a great place to start. Now all you need to have is a little knowledge about what to look for in a ring. Below you are going to learn some information and tips that will help you choose the right engagement ring for your significant other.
Knowing About the Band
You probably already know that the band is the circular part of the ring that sits around the finger. You will find that most bands are made from gold, platinum, titanium, or silver. However, there are some bands that are made from a combination of metals. The most important thing for you to know is what type of band your fiancée is going to like. With that being said there are some other key factors that you should keep mind.
The gold band is going to give off a yellow-orange look. You can get a lighter yellow look by purchasing a 14K or 10K band.
White gold is going to give off a bright silver appearance. Keep in mind that with white gold sometimes the plating will wear off. Some jewelers will replace the ring from time to time. This is something that you need to know, before considering a ring like this.
Platinum is strong, hard, and also gives off a silver appearance. At first it will look like a mirror, but the look will dull over time. With this type of ring you want to avoid buying an expensive diamond because the diamond is going to have a dull appearance, unless it is flawless.
Setting and Gemstone
The setting is attached to the band and it is what actually holds the gemstone is place. Some settings can have prongs or other settings can be invisible. If you are looking for a really unique look, then you could choose a platinum setting with a gold band. However, if you are looking for a sturdier ring, then you might want to choose a setting that has six prongs. This will help keep the gemstone in place during strenuous activities.
The gemstone is the feature of the ring that usually draws the most attention. This is usually a diamond. Most people will think that the bigger the gemstone the more beautiful the ring will be. However, this is not completely true. It really comes down to your significant other’s personality and preferences. The gemstone does not necessarily have to be a diamond, but this is usually the best choice.
A Cubic Zirconia is another choice that you have for a gemstone. They are very beautiful and look just like a real diamond. However, they are a bit softer than a real diamond, so you will see them dull over the years. Another option that you have is the Lab Diamond. You will find that these are much cheaper than an actual diamond and look just about the same. If you are on a tight budget, but still want to please your bride then these are some options that you have to consider.
Getting your bride’s ring size, without her knowing is going to be quite a difficult task. You should know that the average ring size for a woman is 7. This might help you distinguish the innumerable sizes a bit, but if you are looking for a more direct approach, then you should consider borrowing one of her current rings and taking it to the jeweler with you. Just make sure that she does not miss it.
Do not fret too much, because you can always have the ring resized later to fit. If you are not sure of your bride’s ring size, then you should always consider going up a size. The reason for this is because it is much easier for the jeweler to size the ring down rather than up. This is not to mention that she will not be able to wear the ring, until you get it resized.
Choosing a Jeweler
Another thing that you are going to have to do is choose a jeweler. This is probably going to take a little bit of research and making an in-person visit or two. You can always use the Internet to do online searches for jewelers in your area. Many reputable jewelers are going to have a website that will allow you to read other customer’s reviews.
Never forget about speaking with your friends and family. It is possible that they will be able to put you on the right path.
Your Brides Likes and Dislikes
Of course, most men always want to surprise their brides with a proposal. However, it can be difficult to choose the right ring for your bride, if you are not very in-tune with her jewelry preferences. You do not have to be afraid to include her in this process. In fact many brides are grateful to be part of the selection.
If you are set on surprising her, then you could ask her to visit a jewelry store with you. Tell her that you are looking for a new watch and find a way to bring rings into the conversation.
You can always consult her mother on her likes and dislikes, as well. Of course, this is only an option, if you want her parents to know about the engagement before her.
Setting a Budget
Another very important thing that you are going to have to do is set a budget. Tradition says that you should spend two months of salary on an engagement ring. However, this just might not be possible for you. If you cannot afford this amount, then there is nothing wrong with that and as long as you find something that suits your bride’s personality you will be find.
As you can see you have a lot to consider, when it comes to finding the right ring for your bride. There are a lot of different choices and jewelers that you are going to have to sift through. Just remember to stick to the above steps and do lots of research. Also remember that if you are on a tight budget, you always have the option of making payments on the ring. Of course, this will mean that you will need to start planning way ahead of time.