11 Tips for Choosing the Best Engagement Rings
Winter is here! And so is the best time of the year to declare your love and propose to your special one. However, thinking of popping the forever question is one thing but planning it and actually proposing are difficult tasks. While arranging the venue, deciding on the décor can be exciting, looking for the perfect engagement ring is surely a daunting task.
You need to consider the personality of your partner, their likes-dislikes, preferred designs, and even your budget before you make the decision. Hence, to relieve your burden a little, we have listed down 11 tips that will come in handy when you finally embark on the engagement ring shopping trip. Keep scrolling to find out.
1. What’s the budget like
We have often heard that the supposed ideal amount to spend on an engagement ring is equivalent to your 2-3 months salary. Also, that the higher the price tag, the better the engagement ring. But this is a myth. In fact, getting engaged and married is definitely a costly affair. So, you shouldn’t take on the stress to follow any such rules. The best thing to do is – decide on a budget considering your financials and your fiancé’s ring choice. And keep in mind that the good engagement ring needn’t be expensive, but something that you and your partner will love.
2. Does SHE have a favourite style?
When going to shop the engagement ring it is easy to get confused and start looking for something that you like. However, it is important to remember that it is your fiancé who will be wearing this ring for a lifetime. So, it is essential that you look for a ring that matches their preferences. Either you can talk to them directly or go as per to their taste in fashion (to save the surprise element!). If your partner prefers classy and elegant then diamonds are just the way to go. But if she favours vibrancy then you can pick a coloured gemstone for her.
Still confused then you can peek through their jewellery-box for inspiration. You can also turn to family, friends for help and suggestions.
3. Get your basics right
Before you dive headfirst into choosing the ring, it is imperative that you know your basics. This includes gemstone shape, style and setting, metal types and other pros and cons. Read up on some generic information regarding the care and maintenance tips of different gemstones. If you want to op for an all-metal design that find out the preliminary information about the various metals available. Moreover, if you have any specific pattern/style in your mind like bypass or halo, you can always look up about the precautions about it as well.
4. Know your gemstone qualities
Did you think since you have decided to opt for a gemstone embellished ring for your partner, the ring selection process has ended? Of course not! In fact, now you need to finalise the gemstone that you want on the ring and understand its various quality factors.
This term refers to the gem’s facets and overall symmetry. Certain gem roughs determine the cutting style which can be employed on them. Some common gem cuts are brilliant cut, step cut and emerald cut.
A gem’s outline is known as its shape. Round, oval, heart, square, cushion are some popular shapes of gemstones. Although when you decide on the gem shape be mindful of cautions needed, your partner’s activity level to avoid breaking or chipping of the stone.
As the name suggests, this term refers to the shade of the particular gem. It encompasses three basic things – hue (colour), tone (lightness or darkness) and saturation (intensity of the hue). The combination of these factors that you opt for will determine the desirability and price of the gem.
Clarity indicates the size, number, type and location of flaws (inclusions – industry term) present inside any gemstone. The more the inclusions visible, the lesser the price of that gemstone.
When we speak of carat weight, we essentially refer to the heaviness of a gem. But not all gemstones of higher carat weight look bigger. So, be careful when you are selecting a gemstone.
Whether your gem is natural, lab-grown or synthetic defines its origin. If you prefer to have something that is ecological and sustainable then go for a lab-created gem. It is as good as a natural one but has a lesser price tag!
5. Pick the metal (please!)
Most people are so focused on choosing the gemstone and design of the ring that they forget to look at the metal. This, however, isn’t a right practice. The metal of your ring is the cement that holds it together and is indicative of its strength and durability. Hence, it is highly recommended that you carefully look at the options. The common metal choices for engagement rings
are platinum, white-rose-yellow gold and silver. However, some other metals that are now found are tungsten, copper and even palladium. Understand the drawbacks of each metal and then zero down on the metal of the ring.
6. Size definitely (doesn’t) matter
The term ‘size’ over here refers to the size of the gemstone as well as the ring. A most common misconception is that the bigger the ring (and gem), the better. Although several people may want you to believe this to be true, it is not. Size is not an indicator of the ring’s quality or the depth of your love. Having said that, it is also important to know that there is no ideal size for the ring or gem per se. The size of the gem and ring that the wearer (in this case your fiancé) prefers is what you should be on the look out for. Additionally, it would be helpful to know that the size of your ring may even interfere with your daily activities. Hence, choose accordingly.
7. Being different is cool
Planning to opt with the tried and tested diamond solitaire because that is the most picked engagement ring? Then, please reconsider. In today’s market, there are several engagement rings options available. Whether it be design, style, pattern, gemstone, side stones and more, there are so many alternatives that you will be spoilt for choice. So, search and look at other choices you have before you take the call. Because your ring doesn’t have to be one of many, it has to be the one for your special one. It needs to be a reflection of your relationship, your partner’s personality, style and be comfortable for them to wear on daily basis. The rule here is simple – You Do You, so choose accordingly!
8. Say NO to trends
When you decide on an engagement ring, please remember that you do not simply get into the flow with any current trend. Just because halo rings or bypass rings are trending, doesn’t mean you need to have them only. Your engagement ring is not something you will wear for a particular time period. In fact, it is something that will be worn for a lifetime and an investment (both emotional and financial) as well. Keeping this in mind, go ahead and pick a ring that both you and your partner will love. Please be mindful that what is topping the fashion charts today, may be a thing of the past in the future. That is why, it is advisable to go for something that is elegant, unique, meaningful yet comfortable for your partner.
9. Insurance, warranty and all that jazz
Now, we’d guess it is quite clear that an engagement ring holds economical value as well. Thus, like all your other assets, you did like to protect this as well. So, it is smart that you know and understand about the warranty on your ring and gemstone in case of any damage. Talk to the jeweller about their inspection policy and the possibility of getting an insurance as well. Simply to ensure that if you accidentally damage your ring or worst-case scenario – lose it, at least you will get the get some amount back. Well, we know money in no way compensates for the loss of your ring, but you don’t suffer both, emotional and financial setback.
10. Customisation is (also) the way to go
Can’t find the perfect engagement ring for your partner, then how about designing one instead? Surprised but this most definitely true! Recently many couples have started to go for customised engagement rings
. As they want to create something that complements each other’s rings and depicts their unique love story and personality. Many jewellers these days provide you with a choice to customise any given ring design or even create one totally from the scratch. Although this may become a little pricey, it is certainly a more touching gesture. Hence, as per your choice you can always talk to your jeweller to look into getting customised ring for your fiancé or both of you.
11. Upgrades can always follow
There can be many reasons like money, time, lesser choices available which may have led you to select a particular ring. But you needn’t feel that you are stuck with it, there is always a choice to upgrade your ring later. If you want to increase the size of your ring or gem, re-design it, add an element or engraving you can surely get it done. Upgrading any aspect depends on your jeweller and some factors related to your ring as well. Thus, if you wish to upgrade your ring, you can always discuss it with your jeweller and take it from there. At the same time, it is suggested that you opt only for 1 upgrading or resizing procedure on your engagement ring. This is because multiple such process may weaken your ring, its settings and result in (probably) irreversible damage.
Well-well, armed with these pointers, we are sure you will find the most perfect ring for your partner with minimal stress. However, remember that buying a ring and proposing with isn’t the end of story. Along with a new beginning of your life, it is also the beginning of taking care and maintaining the precious ring. So be mindful of giving regular TLC to your ring to ensure that it retains its luster and has a longer shelf-life!!