How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring for the One You Love

Proposing to the one you love is a nerve racking enough life event, without the extra added pressure of whether or not they’ll like the ring that you’ve chosen. From worries about whether they’ll say yes, to whether you’ve picked the right time or place, by following this guide there’ll be one less issue to worry about as you’ll be sure to have the perfect ring to put on their finger when you pop the question.

Surprise Her

If you’re confident that you can pick the perfect ring for your partner then don’t doubt yourself. It’s always helpful to speak to her close friends, or family members such as her mum or sister, to check with them first whether they think she’ll like it. If you can organise it secretly, why not arrange to go ring shopping with them. Before picking a surprise ring be sure to get her size right. If a surprise goes down well, it’s easily the most romantic and best way to propose.

Go Shopping Together

Some couples who’ve been talking about getting married for a while prefer to go shopping together. This is probably a good idea if your partner is expecting you to propose soon and you’ve already been planning getting married in the future. Take a look at the beautiful selection available at F Hinds online to get you feeling inspired for styles and shapes or head to the shops and try and few on for size to see what styles you partner likes. This way you’ll be 100% sure to get it right and it also helps couples who’re on a budget as you’ll be able to budget for how much to spend and only consider rings within a certain price range. Although less romantic, the most practical way to engagement ring shop and a sure way to not end up with a disappointed finance.

Ask Her

If you’re partner has her heart set on a certain type of ring, size of diamond or type of band, then it obviously bear this in mind when making your choice.  The best way to find out without giving it away that you’re going to propose it to get her friends and family to find out and feed you the information so you can pick the right ring. If they’re the type of person who has already selected a ring they have in mind and have gone out of their way to make sure you’re aware of this, then finding the perfect ring is made much easier as all you have to do is get the right one. That way you can be sure to please and will have a very happy fiancé on the big day.

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Diamond Basics on Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring

Searching for the perfect engagement ring needn’t be a difficult experience, even though getting it right is incredibly important. Buying a diamond ring requires planning, but as a symbol of your loving union, it will forever remain a constant reminder of commitment that is appreciated each and every day.

With so many variables to choose from, it is important to learn about the various qualities of diamonds by understanding the principles of the Four C’s. This key knowledge will teach you how diamonds are valued and will guide you in your search for the best possible diamonds for your budget.

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  • THE FOUR C’S

CUT – Cut refers to the particular shape the stone has been fashioned into. Raw diamonds first need to be meticulously cut and polished to draw out their innate qualities. Cutting is a highly scientific process that places a geometric pattern of facets onto the surface of the diamond that allows it to absorb and refract light in a way that gives it the alluring sparkle and shine long associated with these precious gems.

Diamonds of the exact same weight, colour and clarity can quite easily end up looking completely different, depending on the skill of the Gem cutter and the style of cut they choose when shaping the diamond.

Common diamond cuts include round, princess, cushion, oval, radiant and emerald.

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COLOUR – Colourless diamonds are highly prized and therefore more expensive to purchase. Even rarer colourings such as pink diamonds are found in extremely limited supply and command a higher price.

Generally though, as the colour of a diamond progress from clear to yellow and even slightly brownish tones, they become less valuable. Such colour changes can seem quite subtle but become easier to notice when placed side-by-side for inspection. Gemmologists and jewellers have ‘master colour sets’ that are used as a consistent benchmark to find the exact colour grade of a particular diamond.

CLARITY – Speaks to the minute natural flaws that are found in most diamonds. The more noticeable such inclusions, flecks and flaws are, the less valuable the diamond becomes. In very low grade diamonds these flaws can be observed with the naked eye. The highest quality diamonds look perfectly clear and flawless although often inclusions can still be seen under great magnification with a loupe or microscope.

CARATS – Carats are units of measurement that denote the weight of the diamond. The larger the weight of the stone is, the more expensive the diamond will be to purchase.

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  • PRECIOUS METALS

Engagement rings are made from all manner of precious metals, but gold and platinum are the most popular materials. Gold comes in various degrees of quality from 9 Karat to 24 Karat and unlike diamonds; the karat does not denote weight but purity. The more pure the gold content of the ring, the higher the karat and the cost will be.

  • SETTING AND STYLE

The manner in which rings are constructed to hold diamonds is referred to as the setting. Diamond for Less jewellery store in Toronto Canada has multiple examples of various settings on display.

A single diamond or ‘solitaire’ is often set in prongs, which allows light to more freely enter and make the diamond sparkle more vibrantly.

Diamonds can also be set in grooves or bezels, be held in place by tension, or aligned in rows side-by-side in a paved fashion known as ‘pave´’ (pronounced par-vay).

Keeping these basic considerations in mind when shopping for the perfect engagement ring will make you better prepared, less stressed and more likely to find the exact ring you desire with greater ease.

Does A Wonderful Wedding Need A Perfect Proposal?

We’ve all seen them – those YouTube videos that go viral within days of being put up. Where a high school kid has hired a marching band to ask his sweetheart to go to prom with him. How you feel about these videos can tell a lot about you as a person; about half of us will say “Oh, how romantic” while the other half will cringe. Not only has the high school kid been an enormous try-hard, he’s set an unacceptably high bar too.

Those videos also exist for marriage proposals, of course. A level of planning which is somewhere on a par with invading a small island nation goes into asking the question. And sometimes it can look like it’s been done not for the proposer or the proposee, but the hit counter. After all, you can be extravagant with your proposal, but the production values on some of these videos are suspiciously good.

So, what matters when it comes to a marriage proposal? Is it important to make sure the whole thing is Hollywood rom-com perfect? Are stilt-walkers overkill? What is and isn’t indispensable? And are the YouTube heroes actually missing the point?

 

  1. Put A Ring On It

There is, officially, nothing about the engagement ring that makes a proposal more binding than it would be without. However, its symbolic value is relevant to the process. You will want to announce the engagement and you will be asked to show a ring as evidence. Marching band or no marching band, viral or no, Tacori engagement rings will make the whole thing real in a visual way.

  1. One Knee, Or Not One Knee?
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Sometimes cliches exist because they’re just right somehow. When someone has got engaged, the question is often “So, did he/she get down on one knee?”. The implication is that somehow it will be disappointing if the proposer has missed this bit out. Again, nothing is any more or less official for this, but the tradition of proposing on bended knee is sweet, costs nothing and feels right.

  1. The Family’s Blessing

In reality for a marriage proposal to be complete, it needs two people’s assent. The asker and the asked. However, this is the joining of two families and it’s important to get it off on the right foot. If it is likely to be expected of you that you get the blessing of your intended’s parents, then make sure you get their blessing. Getting engaged is such a buzz, but that buzz can be killed quickly by an irate parent asking why they weren’t consulted.

When it really comes down to it, the most important thing is that the proposal reflects the couple getting engaged. Traditions are traditions, but some of us aren’t that traditional. If you have a flair for the dramatic, why not have an extravagant set-up? And at the same time, if you’re simply focused on one another, it’s more than fine to have a simple, quiet proposal. If that’s what reflects you, then that’s what’s right.

5 Ways to Making Diamond Engagement Ring Shopping a Lot Easier

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Choosing a diamond engagement ring, let alone any ring, you are going to propose to your future fiancé with can be a daunting task. You may have never dreamt you would be in this scenario, but the time has arisen! You just know your partner will love a diamond ring for engagement, so you want to make sure she gets everything she hoped for.

 

The good news is, it’s all a lot easier than you think. Once you know a few things, build up some knowledge on the commonalities in diamond rings, you will know exactly what you are doing. It can be tricky when you’re searching online however and if you need a point in the right direction, you can find some brilliant diamond engagement rings at Serendipity Diamonds. Their stunning collection showcases a range of settings, diamond cuts and sizes that will suit the tastes of your chosen one.

 

So now let’s look at some key elements you will need to know to make the diamond engagement ring shopping much easier.

 

  1. Get a price fixed in your head. Knowing how much you want to spend on the diamond ring will really help you narrow down your choices. Maybe you and your partner are going shopping and are purchasing together which may make things easier. If not however, you want to know your budget and go for something within the parameter.

 

  1. Get clued up on the 4 C’s: ‘The four who’s?’ I can hear you asking in the back of your mind. The four C’s are pretty simple. They just include the colour, cut, carat weight and clarity of a diamond. These will vastly affect the price and look of your ring. These specifications were established by the GIA. Buying your ring from a GIA certified store or jeweller is another thing you want to watch out for to ensure they’re reputable. For example, choose a trusted store like Serendipity Diamonds in the UK and is GIA certified.

 

  1. Get to know your partners taste in jewellery. This may mean doing some sneaking around on your part, but it will help! If she has any rings with gemstones in or smaller diamonds, you can get an idea of the band style and settings she likes. Does she prefer something more toned down or something that stands out? These are the elements you want to look out for. You will also want to look at the shapes of stones she prefers. This comes down to the cut of the diamond and should influence your choice in this department. Are there mainly square stones, round stones, diamond shaped stones in her collection?

 

  1. Get the size pinned down. The sure fire way of getting this correct is sneaking away one of her rings and taking it to the jeweller. They will then inspect it and figure out the correct measurement and use it to craft the engagement ring.

 

Getting familiar with these elements will really help you pin down the perfect diamond engagement ring to buy your fiancé.

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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.

 

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After such a gorgeous weekend, we are celebrating with an absolutely beautiful, well planned and touching wedding proposal! Happy Monday loves <3

 

 

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