Picking out an engagement ring for your partner you want to propose to is such an exciting time, congratulations! Some women will give hints or even express what kind of ring they want but if the engagement is a surprise, one may find himself having to navigate the world of engagement rings that can be rather overwhelming.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for you to go about picking the perfect engagement ring for your future fiancé:
Set a budget
You can find engagement rings at any price, but keeping your budget in mind is crucial so you don’t go overboard! After all, you’ll have a wedding and a whole life together to go.
Find out her ring size
It is essential you find out her ring size before you select a ring, otherwise you could be trying to slide on a ring that is too small when she says yes! Take a peek into her jewelry organizer and check out the size on a ring that she wears on a ring or index finger, or have one of her trustworthy friends sneakily find out her ring size.
Find a jeweler
It is helpful to go to a place with experienced jewelers that can help you and guide you in your choice. In Europe and specifically in Italy, it is very common to seek counsel from an expert. For example, in Milan (Italy) there are many gold shops, like Pisa Orologeria for example, that offer this kind of service and can be of great help thanks to their experience and luxurious craftsmanship. Try to find a trusted jeweler to work with, that will guide you and to whom you can also ask questions to help you choose the perfect ring.
Know the source of the stone
Unfortunately, there are a lot of the rings on the market that do not come from the best of places in terms of ethical sourcing as well as quality. So be confident in asking about the source of the stone or do your research before you go to check it out in person.
Size does (not) matter
The most important part of an engagement ring is the thought and the love behind it. The size of the stone does not matter, and many actually prefer smaller stones anyways.
Keep her personal style in mind
While you shop, keep your partner and her style at the forefront of your mind. It’s from you, but she’ll be the one wearing it for the rest of her life so you want to make sure it’s something that suits her.
How to assess quality
When it comes to the quality of an engagement ring, this factor really does matter because it can determine how well it stands the test of time.
To assess quality, follow the “Four C’s Rule”:
When cut correctly, a diamond will shine brightly at all angles when held up to the light.
The value goes up on a diamond the clearer its color is.
The clarity of a diamond takes into consideration the size, quantity, location, orientation and visibility of inclusions and blemishes. The fewer the inclusions, the greater the value.
Carat measures the weight of the diamond. This is one of the most common factors that you will hear when discussing engagement rings.
Above all else, have faith in your judgment and do not be afraid! While you want to do your research, picking an engagement ring is a special time that you want to cherish. This is a very intimate and personal decision, and no matter what you choose it will be the most special moment of your life as a couple.