Your Must-Read Guide To Buying an Engagement Ring

The entire act of popping that big question is hard enough as it is. Picking the perfect ring to propose to your soon-to-be-bride is even harder. However, knowledge is power when it comes to shopping for the engagement ring, so take some time to read through our ultimate guide before making a decision.

 

Plan Your Budget

 

When it comes to narrowing down your choice, the first step is to set your budget. Once you know how much you plan on spending, you can start looking at the best diamond with the 4C attributes for your budget and start shopping at Australia’s premier diamond jewellers.

 

Consider How Much Prices Can Vary Between Diamond Rings

 

There is an infinite number of choices when it comes to diamond rings. It all depends on the quality of the diamond. Diamond bands that are more detailed are going to cost more than their plain counterparts. It’s a good idea to keep your soon-to-be fiancé in mind when it comes to picking a style and considering practicality.

 

Considering Certification

 

All diamonds should be issued with a certificate. Larger diamonds, in fact, should be internationally certified and many come with a laser inscription on the ring’s girdle. When ring shopping, make sure you choose a jeweller you trust, the one with a solid background.

 

The 4Cs and What They Mean

 

There’s no doubt you’ve heard about the 4C’s – carat, clarity, cut and colour. The 4Cs acts as a guideline when choosing an engagement ring. It’s a good idea to give more importance to higher grades of clarity, cut and colour as opposed to focusing on carat weight. A good tip is to purchase a diamond that is as white as possible in the range of “excellent” white.

 

Another important factor is clarity. A diamond that has minimal inclusions will portray a fire brilliance and shine. Larger inclusions within a diamond act to decrease the attractive sparkle and the value of the diamond.

 

Cuts that have a lesser grade than “good” mean that the diamond’s proportions aren’t going to be exact and the light rays that flow into a diamond won’t flow outwards. It is also important that you check that the diamond does not have any fluorescence. A diamond with fluorescence influences the brilliance and will make a diamond less appealing to the eye and less valuable.

 

Take a look at the brilliant selection of bespoke engagement rings in Melbourne by Simon West Jewellery.

 

Which C Can You Compromise On?

 

You should not compromise on any of the 4Cs to an extent. But it is a good idea to go for a diamond that has less carat weight within the best possible quality range in clarity, cut and colour. By doing this, the value of the diamond itself won’t be compromised, and will enable you to upgrade the diamond over the years while keeping the best possible quality.

 

Settings and Bands: The Options

 

Rings are available in a wide variety of designs and the final choice will ultimately rest in your hands, keeping your partner’s preferences and style in mind. The classic, simpler mounts are the rings that never go out of fashion and will emphasise the diamond itself. Other mounts for diamonds of the shank, for example, are more modern and can complement the centre diamond.

 

The perfect engagement ring should be bought with your partner in mind. Think about her everyday routine and style before making the final choice.

 

Sareh Nouri Fall 2016 Collection


NEW YORK, Fall Bridal Fashion Week, fashion designer Sareh Nouri, introduced her Fall 2016 collection at The London Hotel in NYC.  For this collection Sareh pulled elements and inspiration from her Persian heritage. A history rich in art that is defined by detailed designs and patterns visualized in its mosaics, calligraphy, miniature paintings and intricate weaving.
 “The fabrics, laces and patterns that I selected and designed for this collection are reminiscent of an ancient, yet modern artistic culture” said Sareh Nouri. From the layering of sophisticated laces to the long dramatic trains, each dress in the collection lends itself to detail, intricacy and romance with the use of long lace sleeves, dramatically detailed backs and elegant embellishments. The collection stays true to its mission of light-weight and ultra-luxurious gowns, each with impeccable structure and fit with a built-in bustier, entirely hand-sewn in the U.S.A. Sareh Nouri’s exquisite Fall 2016 collection captures the essence of chic luxury inspired by traditional design, directly reflecting the designer herself and her Persian heritage, further setting her apart as a leader in the fashion industry. 

CREDITS:

Gowns & veils: Sareh Nouri www.sarehnouri.com

Photography: Syed Yaqeen www.syedyaqeen.com

Headpieces: Jennifer Behr www.jenniferbehr.com

Makeup: Deborah Roberto  www.deborahsbridalconcepts.com

Hair: Liane Wunderlich

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New Orleans meets Massachusetts Wedding

Erika wanted a New Orleans and her groom Mike made sure she felt like she got one!  Super excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you all and have a happy Friday! Hot Pink Brides

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Vendors: Photographer:  Nicole Chan Photography//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//DJ:Gorham Productions//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Wearhouse//Cake Designer: Montillio’s Baking Company//Reception Venue:Museum of Science//Makeup Artist:Sonia Biddle//Floral Designer:Vicky Biddle//Caterer:Wolfgang Puck Catering// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Texas Bay Wedding

Can you believe the view for this wedding? How gorgeous is it? It is hard to believe that this is in Texas! It looks more like Florida or the Caribbean.

The reception was equally as beautiful with the ghost chairs, orchids and mirror top kings tables.  It has such a glam wedding feel!

Wishing Astrid & Darren an amazing life together. 

 

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Cory Ryan Photography//Event Planner: Clink Events//DJ:DJ Kit K//Reception Venue: Horseshoe Bay Resort Yacht Club//Photo Booth Equipment:Le Photo Booth//Floral Designer: Prive Floral//Band:Spazmatics//

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Orlando Bridal Show

Hello darlings!  If you happen to be in Florida on Super Bowl Sunday and want to see amazing wedding vendors and new ideas you should stop by the Perfect Wedding Guide show on February 1st.

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Decade Wedding

Holly and Brad have been together for years and have a family together, so what better way to celebrate their nuptials than a party that pays homage to the last few decades. So fresh and unique and how beautiful are those flowers! GAH!
Planning and Design: Breeze
Photography: Riverland Studios
Cake: Caking Charleston
Catering: Iron Gate Events
Floral: Branch Design Studio
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French Chateau Wedding

Darn near begged Jacques Mateos to share this wedding with you all 🙂 I have spent some time in France and I promise it never gets old, especially with such an amazing venue like Chateau LaDurantie.  Happy Monday Hot Pink Lovelies.

 

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Glam New York City Wedding

Alessandra and Bryant had a traditional Catholic ceremony in one of New York’s grandest churches: the newly restored St. Patrick’s, a breathtaking Neo-Gothic cathedral in the center of Manhattan. “It was so beautiful and grand, it didn’t need any extra decor,” Alessandra says. She wore a bouquet of cascading white orchids that included gold leaf detailing. The two filled their ceremony with Filipino traditions, including having candle, cord, and veil sponsors. Thank you to Photo Pink for sharing this amazing GLAM wedding with our readers. 

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Vendors:
Ceremony site: Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Reception site: The Bowery Hotel
Gown: Vera Wang
Hair: Joy La Rosa at Sam Brocato Salon
Makeup: Donna Kim
Veil: Inno Sotto
Shoes: Givenchy
Rings:Hans Brumann
Groom’s tuxedo: Michael Andrews
Paper Goods: designed by bride
Wedding Planner: Tamra Sanford of Ever Swoon
Florist: L’Atelier Rouge
Catering: Gemma
Music (ceremony and reception): DJ Sir Shorty
Cake: Butterfly Bake Shop

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