When planning an engagement, there are so many things you need to think about. Answering the where, when and how can be very time-consuming. Depending on your proposal plan, your shopping list may vary in size. However, one thing that should be at the top of every list is the big-ticket item. The Ring.
When it comes to engagement rings, there are so many things to consider. The stone, the cut, where you source the stone, the band, the style. It can all be a little overwhelming. Have no fear, we are experts in quality Valentina engagement rings.
Here is a quick guide on rings, the only things you need to buy for an engagement.
The 4 C’s of Diamonds
There are a lot of terms used when discussing engagement rings, and you’ve likely heard at least one of the following before; Cut, Clarity, Colour or Carat. These are the four criteria used to assess and classify the quality of a diamond.
Cut: This doesn’t actually refer to the shape of a diamond, but rather its symmetry and finish.
Clarity: This refers to how many flaws the diamond has, if any, and how visible they are.
Colour: Diamonds actually come in a variety of colours. However, most people are in the market for a white diamond. Any yellow discolouration will impact the value of the diamond.
Carat: This is the weight measurement used for diamonds.
Big isn’t always best with diamonds. Sometimes larger diamonds lack the quality of smaller stones, so keep this in mind when making your selection.
Diamonds aren’t every Girls Best Friend
Diamonds are not as popular for engagement rings as they once were. Today, people opt for alternatives like Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds or even birthstones. Don’t be afraid to break from convention and make a more personal choice for your partner.
Guessing a ring size can be one of the most stressful aspects of buying a ring. If you can, try to be covert when uncovering this intel. Ask one of your partners friends to get this on your behalf or see if you can borrow one of your partner’s rings as a guide.
Battle of the Bands
Selecting a band is important too and will be a factor in your budget. The main choices are silver, gold, white gold and platinum. Silver is normally the cheapest option, but can be damaged easily. Gold and White Gold are also considered softer materials. Platinum is the hardest and therefore will be harder to blemish (this of course comes at a price).