Once you have decided to pop the question, it can be a daunting task to start your search for the perfect diamond. You want to make her happy, but you don’t even know where to start. A few basic pieces of information can help you gather enough knowledge to enter a diamond ring store without being completely lost.
Research Your Fiancé
The last thing you want to do is aimlessly wander the cases of an engagement ring store only to leave uncertain if your future fiancé will actually like the ring. A little bit of stealthy research can help ensure that she is just as ecstatic about the ring as she is the engagement. Make sure to listen carefully any time she discusses jewelry looking for hints for preferences in diamond shape or ring design. It could also be useful to ask her friends and family for a little advice.
Determine a Budget
Once you have an idea of what your fiancé may like, it’s important to sit down and determine how much you hope to spend. Traditionally, it is suggested that you spend two months salary on an engagement ring. While this may be a good starting point, you want also to sit down and consider your personal finances. At the same time, make sure that your budget is realistic. Completing some research on average costs can help you determine a reasonable price limit.
Look For Quality
Now that you have a general idea of what you are looking for, you can start diving into specifics. The quality of diamonds is based on the 4Cs. The color of diamonds is based on the absence of color. Cut indicates how the light reflects from the facets. Clarity indicates the amount of inclusions and imperfections in the stone. Carat references the size of the stone. The salesperson at a diamond ring store can help you understand the ratings and find the best quality ring that fits your fiancé’s style and your budget.
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