After you have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with you will naturally want to pop the question with a engagement ring. Purchasing a ring can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. With so many designs and types flooding the market, it is easy to get confused and carried away while buying a ring. However, keeping a few things in mind before ring shopping will help you to make your choice easily. Here are a few things to know before you go ring shopping.
4 C’s of diamonds
Understand the 4 C’s of diamonds is important before you purchase engagement rings London. The 4 C’s are used to grade and classify diamonds based on their quality. They also determine the price you pay for the diamond. The 4 C’s of diamonds are colour, cut, clarity and carat. Colour stands for saturation of colour in the diamonds which can range from colourless to colours imparted by impurities.
The cut determines the shape in which the stone is cut and the number of facets it has. This affects the sparkling ability of the stone. The clarity grades the flawlessness of the diamond stone and carat is the weight measurement of the diamond depending on how large it is. All these factors play a major role in the appearance of the ring and its value.
Setting and stone
You should keep in mind that rings are often sold as two parts i.e. the stone and the setting. So when you go shopping for a ring, you are essentially buying a precious stone separately and the framework of the ring that holds the stone separately. However, there will be rings where the stone is pre-set on the setting like the antique rings, but if you want a personalized style of your own, you will have to buy the stone and the setting separately.
Shape and setting
The two most important aspects of the ring which play a major role in its appearance is the cut of the diamond stone and the setting. The cut of the diamond stone refers to the shape of it e.g. round cut, princess cut, cushion cut and oval cut. This determines the reflection of light by the diamond stone. Secondly, the setting of the ring such as classic, modern, unique and vintage inspired determine the beauty of the ring. Don’t forget to research about the kind of metal you want to use in the ring setting.
No specific budget
It is often said that you must spend 3 months’ salary on an engagement ring but there is no such rule. Today engagement rings are available in a wide range of prices and you are free to spend whatever amount you are comfortable with.
Order in advance
Unless you are opting for a pre-set ring, it is always better to order your ring in advance. Whether you are planning to buy a natural diamond ring or a ring made of lab grown diamonds London, your jeweller will need some time to bring you choice of design to life. Hence, ordering in advance will ensure that you get your ring on time for your proposal.