Thursday, April 29, 2010

How to find the perfect engagement ring?

When it comes to engagement rings, women usually know exactly what they want. More than likely they know the style, the metal, diamond size, cut, designer and the store who houses their dream ring. Looking for the perfect ring for your fiance is not as hard as it appears. How do you know how to find the right ring?

If you want to surprise your girlfriend, then you must pay attention to the encoded messages. Women will give you hints on the type of ring they like most. Tacori makes nice antique settings in gold, white gold and platinum. However, their platinum settings command double the price than white gold does.

Tacori settings take at least 3-4 weeks to make. When you order a Tacori ring, you will receive a ring that has never been tried on before. it will be better than a brand new car.

You must set a budget; know how much you want to spend before entering a store. Make sure you discretely ask your girl what ring size she wears. Since the ring is for the ring finger, the size must be accurate - neither too tight or too loose. You don't want the ring to squeeze off their circulation or to fall off their finger.

Do some research on diamonds. Diamonds are graded using the 4C's - Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat. I prefer to purchase a diamond which is at least G in color, is a very good cut, near 1 carat in weight, and no less than VS2. Most SI stones and below usually have some inclusions which are visible to the unaided eye. The specifications supplied above will make a nice diamond.

Choose the setting that you think your girlfriends like most. Maybe they prefer Scott Kay or Tiffany. TIffany is more on the expensive side, but if money is not an issue, then go for it. There are many types of settings to choose from. Tacori makes intricate settings that have encrusted diamonds and antique finishes. I find these rings to look classy. If platinum is too expensive, then white gold makes a good substitute. You will still be getting a quality setting.

Skott Kay makes strong engagement rings with a nice amount of weight. In the late 90's, Kay platinum rings were known to be heavy, almost weighing twice as much as other designer rings. Of course, these settings hold value because the cost of platinum has quadrupled since then.

You have the option to choose a completed ring, but the setting or the diamond may either fall below your standards or command a high price. Buying the ring and planning the proposals are two memories, beside the wedding, that women tend to remember. Making good decisions early on will prevent future resentment.

The most important part of the ring process is to ensure the diamond is GIA certified. I would recommend going to a jewelry store that specializes in quality rings. I once purchased a platinum ring from the Samuels, which later turned out to be a disaster. It is better to buy the right ring the first time around.

Recap: Find out the type of ring your girlfriend likes most - style, diamond shape, type of gold, designer and whatever other details you can mine from them. Pay attention to the shape of the diamond. Such diamond shapes will be either round, marquee, pear, princess cut and others.

Stay within your budget. Research the 4C's of diamonds. Purchase the setting and diamond separately or as a complete package. I recommend buying the setting, and then finding a quality diamond to set into it. Be sure the diamond is GIA certified. Think of a good proposal plan.

Don't rush the process. Consider the ring and proposal as a work in progress. Overall, don't allow a sale's associate to manipulate you. Researching information on diamonds and settings will put in a confident position to find the perfect ring at the perfect price.

Lastly, if you prefer to personally put thought into buying a ring on your own, consider using the link to the side panel or using Blue Nile. The link is right below. These are reputable websites. Jared also has a nice selection of high quality rings. There are many locations across the United States. Good luck on making your girl happy and with having a great future.

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