Christmas time is the most popular month of the year to get engaged. We often find people will propose on Christmas day without a ring and then go together to pick the perfect diamond or gem set engagement ring. If you’re planning on buying an engagement ring in the next couple of weeks, here are 10 tips to help you on your way.
1. Shop around online and on the high street
As this is going to be an expensive purchase it’s important that you shop around at different jewellers to get the best value and quality. Seeing what is available at different prices will ensure you get the most quality of the diamond and the ring for your money. Also take into account that shopping online is always cheaper than the high street and with engagement rings savings can be up to 90%.Budget You and your partner need to decide a realistic budget for the engagement ring your want. The traditional amount to spend on a ring is between 1 to two months salary.
2. Think about the practicality of the ring
If your fiancé is sporty or has an active job and lifestyle you want the engagement ring to be secure, robust and not prone to scratches and stones falling out. This is all about the setting and size of the stones.
3. Ring setting type
For engagement rings there are two common settings that perfectly hold a gem stone or diamond in place. This style of setting show presents a traditional look to the finish of the ring and allows maximum light to pass through the diamond for moiré sparkle. Claw Setting – the stone is secured by prongs of metal. Depending on the shape of the stone either 3, 4 or 6 claws are used to secure it in place. In this setting the diamond can only let light through the top of the diamond, so the stone won’t have as much sparkle as a claw set diamond. Rub-over setting – The stone is held in place by either a full or half collar of metal. This style of setting is generally more secure and safer than prongs. With these two settings the stone can either be set singularly with just one diamond, with diamonds set on the shoulders, in the style of a three stone diamond ring or with diamond set all around the shape of the stone in a halo design. If you opt for diamonds set on the shoulders there is three main ways to set them. 1. Pavé set – small diamonds are set close to each other in beads to appear like one big diamond. 2. Channel set – the diamonds are set in one long k=line with no gaps in between. 3. Cut down set – the diamonds are set in curved claws that can be seen on the edges of the ring.
4. Style of engagement ring.
There are a few simple rules when it comes to selecting the style of engagement ring you want. Don’t buy a ring with a wide band if you have short fingers always opt for a thin band so your fingers won’t appear shorter. The diamond needs to be in proportion to the size of your hands. An elongated diamond like a oval, pear or marquise diamond can make fingers appear slightly longer.
5. Metal type
There are three metal types used for engagement rings Gold – this can either be in the form of white gold, yellow gold or rose gold. Gold is a good metal to use as long as it is nothing other 18ct, which basically means it’s 75% gold and 25% other metals. 24ct gold is pure gold and not suitable for shaping into jewellery. With white gold the gold is rhodium coated to create its white colour and should be re-rhodium plated every two years. Platinum – The other popular metal to use for engagement rings is platinum. Platinum is the strongest metal for jewellery and extremely resistant to damage, but can often be more expensive than gold.
The all important aspect of an engagement ring is a diamond. Now a day’s buying a diamond is all about quality ad not size. To understand what makes a quality diamond and how to save money on what you buy you need to research what’s known as the 4Cs – cut, colour, carat weight and clarity. Tips on buying a diamond – Carat weight refers to the actual weight of the diamond and not the size of the stone. 1 carat is the equivalent of 200 milligrams. Most opt for a diamond under 1ct which is expressed as points instead of carats. Each point is 0.01 of a carat – so a 0.50 carat is half a carat. A diamonds clarity grade is between F update `wp_posts` set `post_content` = very rare – the diamond is completely flawless) If VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2 SI1 and SI2. Diamonds between IF and VVS1 have very little difference. Diamonds with slight inclusions are only visible through magnification and will always save you money. Near colourless diamonds have colour grades from D update `wp_posts` set `post_content` = clearest for white diamonds) to J. Lower down the colour grade the diamond will appear to have a yellow tint. There is little noticeable difference between colour grades D to G. With some online jewellers you can by a loose diamond separately from a ring settin, which is often a more affordable way to buy a diamond as you can decide its cut, colour, clarity grades and carat weight.