Three tips for finding the perfect engagement ring
If you’re in a committed relationship, you may have thought about The Big Question at some point. This, of course, is the Will-You-Marry-Me question. Getting engaged can be exciting and scary at the same time. However, when you love your partner, the prospect of marriage and the promise to spend your lives together is both comforting and heartwarming.
Chances are, if you’ve thought about proposing, you’ve considered when the perfect moment will be. According to Facebook, the four most popular days of the year to propose are:
- Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
- Dec. 25 (Christmas day)
- Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve)
- Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day)
Given that these four days are coming up fast, many hopeful boyfriends and girlfriends are beginning to search for the perfect engagement ring to demonstrate to their significant other their love and commitment.
Many things about the proposal can make a person nervous, and shopping for a ring that someone you love will wear for the rest of his or her life can be challenging. As such, we’ve compiled some helpful tips to help guide you:
1. Know the four Cs
Any jeweler will tell you that there are four things you need to know about buying a diamond. Conveniently, they all begin with the letter C:
- Cut refers to the quality of the cut, not the style or shape. A well-cut diamond sparkles the most.
- Color is the second-most important aspect. Clearer diamonds are the most sought-after and therefore the most expensive.
- Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. It largely depends on how well the diamond is cut; a bigger diamond that is cut well might have fewer carats than a poorly cut, smaller one.
- Clarity speaks to the imperfections of a diamond. Most diamonds have flaws, but some may only be noticeable under a jeweler’s loupe. Be sure to inspect a diamond in person before making a purchase.
2. Add another C to your list
While you want to be able to give your significant other the perfect diamond to express your sentiments, it’s also important to consider cost. Once you know your budget, you will be able to analyze the four Cs from a more informed perspective. Remember, you can find a high-quality diamond that doesn’t cost a fortune if you find one that is well-cut.
3. Consider the alternatives
Before you go out and make such an important purchase, it’s a good idea to be sure you’re buying something your girlfriend or boyfriend will love. Some people have specific opinions about princess, marquis or another cut.
Additionally, the traditional diamond ring isn’t for everyone; some people prefer something different. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives out there that people love. Time Money noted that some of the most treasured rings don’t have diamonds at all.
Consider the Claddagh, a ring featuring two hands holding a heart with a crown on top. This symbol dates back to 17th century Ireland and represents love, loyalty and friendship. What’s more romantic than that?
Choosing an engagement ring can feel like a tough decision. But the truth is, your fiancé-to-be will value the gesture and emotion behind the ring most.