4 Questions to Ask Yourself
When Buying an Engagement Ring
Marriage marks a turning point in one’s life. But you don’t have to wait tying the knot just to have a ring. You can give a ring to your special someone as a sign of a person’s transition from singlehood to weddedness. However, you need to invest time and effort when choosing an engagement ring. Even after you’re married, an engagement ring is something that your partner will still wear and cherish for a lifetime. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when choosing the right ring for your partner.
1) What does your fiancée want?
This is the burning issue at hand. The kind of stone, the type of metal, the colors, the design - all of these considerations can affect your fiancée’s preferences. You can ask your partner subtly about what they like or ask them to go shopping for a ring with you. But if you want to keep your plan a surprise, you can ask their close friends and relatives about what they want in an engagement ring.
2) What is the ring size?
The next most important question you should ask yourself is your partner’s ring size. Finding this can be a tricky bit if she doesn’t have other rings you can secretly borrow or trace on paper and have a jeweler measure. You can ask a friend of your special someone to go engagement ring hunting for “fun,” and ask that friend to find your partner’s ring size. If you have no other option, it doesn’t hurt to ask your partner upfront what their ring size is. Getting the correct answer right away is much better than giving them a surprise ring that’s too loose or too tight.
3) What’s the stone (or combination of stones)?
Now that you know your partner’s ring size and preferences, it’s time to zero in on the mounted stone. For most people, they choose diamonds as it’s resistant to scratching, and adamantine luster is unmatchable, which in turn symbolizes their relationship with their fiancée.
If your special someone likes diamonds and you can afford an engagement ring made of one, you must consider the gemological “4C’s”: color, clarity, cut, and carat. These four characteristics are used to evaluate the grade of flawlessness of a diamond. Expect that the more top-rated the diamond, the more expensive it would be.
4) What are the alternatives to a diamond ring?
While diamonds have been a traditional stone of choice, others may think that diamonds are too impractical, economy-wise, even as they know that their love for their partner is just as enduring. Some may opt for diamond only when the wedding itself comes, and they may choose other stones for the engagement ring instead as a symbol of their relationship’s step-by-step evolution.
When it comes to diamond alternatives, you have a lot to choose from. Some stones almost have the same durability as that of a diamond, such as corundum (sapphire, ruby, emerald) and topaz. There’s also moissanite, which resembles the luster of diamonds and more closely matches its hardness than other stones as it is considered to be the second hardest gemstone in the world. While these stones may not have the same exact hardness as a diamond, they have the same luxurious fare. You also have various colors to choose from, while still staying within your budget; colored diamonds are rare and more pricey. The jeweler can also design the ring and set the stone in such a way to minimize the stones from long-term scratches.
Nevertheless, other materials are less preferable alternatives. Organic alternatives such as opal and pearls (whether cultured or natural) are far less durable than a gemstone.
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