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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

10 Tips For The Perfect Ring

Words by Ritani
Photos courtesy of Ritani

When shopping for an engagement ring, there can be a lot to remember. It’s important to do your research, decide what you are comfortable spending, and to not be persuaded by a pushy sales associate to settle for a ring that you’re less than thrilled about.

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Here are Ritani’s top 10 tips for finding your dream engagement ring:

1. Budget
It might be the least exciting part, but it’s important to decide what you’re willing and able to spend before you seriously start considering rings. Stay true to what feels right for you and your wallet. It’s easy to get carried away.

2. Diamond Shape
A diamond shape should be one of the first things you decide on. Whether it’s a classic round, a vintage-inspired cushion cut, or a distinctive emerald shape, each has its own unique qualities.

3. Diamond 4Cs
The 4Cs are: cut, clarity, color and carat weight. Cut is the most important of the four when it comes to how much the diamond will sparkle; for this reason, you might want to allocate more of your budget to choosing a diamond with an ideal or very good cut grade.

4. Metal
If you’ve opted for a diamond with a slightly colored or colored grade, yellow and rose gold settings may help to neutralize those secondary yellow tones in the stone. If you favor a near-colorless or colorless diamond, white gold and platinum will be best for highlighting its icy brilliance.

5. Style
If you’re shopping for your own ring, you probably already know whether a solitaire, halo, or three-stone style is preferred. When it comes to shopping for your partner, keep in mind their existing jewelry collection and their taste in clothing. A classic solitaire is best for those who prefer fuss-free, minimal tailoring, while a dazzling diamond halo is ideal for those who want to stand out and be noticed.

6. Lifestyle
Since an engagement ring is to be worn every day, it’s important to consider the lifestyle of the person who will be wearing it. Don’t let trends dictate what will be a practical and attractive option, as this ring will be worn for decades to come.

7. Size
While it’s not the worst thing in the world if the ring isn’t a perfect fit, it’s best to get it as close as possible so that minimum resizing is necessary. Check that your jeweler offers complimentary resizing services – all reputable ones should.

8. Certification
It is recommended that you only buy a certified diamond. If you’re buying a vintage ring, certification may not be available; in this case, you should absolutely have it independently appraised. Certification is also important for insurance purposes in case of theft, damages or loss.

9. Care
A monthly cleaning at home is typically recommended, while one or two professional cleanings and prong tightening a year is best. Check with the jeweler that these services are complimentary.

10. Matching Band
Most people will shop for an engagement ring, and then buy a wedding band closer to the date of their nuptials. There’s no problem with this, but equally it’s no harm to ask the jeweler there and then if they have matching bands to complement your ring’s design. Don’t forget to ask about groom’s bands too!

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