How to Choose The Ultimate Engagement Ring: 4 Tips You Can Use

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So you’re planning on proposing! First of all, congratulations. This is a huge step to take and one that you will never forget. Once you’ve got the way that you want to propose down, it’s time to start looking at engagement rings. 

Buying an engagement ring might feel like a daunting task. Not only do you want her to love the ring, but you also want to make sure that you don’t spend more on it than you can realistically afford.

If you’re planning on popping the question but are unsure as to where to start, here are 4 invaluable tips that you can use in your preparations!
1. Set a Realistic Budget 
This might seem like an obvious one. But so many people go over what they can realistically afford in order to buy their partner’s dream ring. And while it’s nice to spend out a lot of money on the ring if you have it, if you don’t have the money in the bank, it’s not the best thing to do.

You might have also heard the old traditional saying that you should spend at least 3 months salary on the ring. However, nowadays, it’s a little more simple. People are more likely to base their ring budget on what they can afford at that time without going into significant debt. 

It’s important to know that everyone is different; and what you might spend on an engagement ring another will not. It depends on how comfortable you feel with the price tag and whether your fiancee will necessarily mind if it’s not the most expensive ring in the shop. 

There are also so many different rings to choose from, so you’re bound to find one that’s within your budget but that’s still beautiful. After all, you’ll want to save some money away for your wedding in the near future!

2. Custom or Ready Made?
This a question that you’ll be asking around the time when you’re setting a budget. The decision as to whether you want to buy the ring ready-made or have it created custom for your partner is really up to you. 

If you can’t find the perfect ring in the stores or you want to create a unique one unlike any other, then a custom ring is the way to go. Whereas if you’ve found the ultimate ring in a store or online, then a ready-made one could be just the ticket.
3. Know the Size 

Before purchasing the engagement ring, you need to know what size you need. You want a ring that will fit perfectly on her finger and won’t easily fall off. While the best way of determining her size is to have her ring finger there on the day of purchasing, this isn’t always possible.

So how do you do it without her noticing? Well, one method that you could use is borrowing one of her rings that she wears to determine her measurements. Although the ring might need to be adjusted after the proposal, the closest you can get to her size the better.

4. Understand The Four C’s

When looking at engagement rings, it’s a good idea to factor in the four c’s:

Clarity: this refers to the blemishes or flaws that are visible in the diamond when it’s viewed under a microscope. The less of them, the better the quality – this does, however, mean a bigger price tag. When looking at this, it’s worth using the VVS Certified Diamonds Guide

Color: engagement rings come in a variety of different colors for you to choose from. If you’re looking at a colourless diamond, it’s important to know that it’s not completely transparent and that it will always have a slight brown or yellow tinge.

Carat: this is the density or weight of the diamond. Typically, the larger the carat, the more expensive the ring. 

Cut: this is the proportions and shape of the diamond. The most typical shapes are: oval, pear, radiant, emerald and princess.

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