Are you thinking about to propose to the love of your life and how to buy an engagement ring for your future fiancé? To make it simple, let’s break down the process of finding your perfect engagement ring into these five basic easy to follow steps.
Five Easy to Follow Steps to Buy An Engagement Ring for the Love Of Your Life
Step #1 Talking about Engagement Ring Ideas, and Finding Her Ring Size
Let’s be honest, this idea has already popped into her head and she has probably started looking. Simple questions like
- what gold color your future fiancé likes,
- what diamond shape the center stone should be, and
- if your future fiancé would like a halo diamond
is really all you need to know.
The rest we can brainstorm with you based on engagement ring budget, and other things that are important to you. Such as the 4 Cs of diamonds or incorporating a custom idea.
How to Find the Perfect Engagement Ring Size
If your future fiancé has a fashion or gold ring at home that she wears on her ring finger or on her right-hand ring finger will give us a pretty good idea of what ring size she is.
- An engagement ring size can always be altered; however, the stock size of a ring is usually a 7.
- If your future fiancé has a ring size 4 finger it is good to know that in advance.
- Sizing an engagement ring is not a problem if it is within a size or 2, however going from a size 7 to a size 4 will affect the integrity of the ring.
Step #2 Understanding Diamonds (or other center stone ideas)
Diamond center stones are the most common for engagement rings, however in recent years gemstones have become very popular. This decision is specific and holds significance to you as a couple or your partner. With diamonds, there are four elements to be considered – cut, clarity, color and carat.
The transparency of the diamond is the color. Colorless and near- colorless are the most common choices. However, there are colored diamonds as well such as pink, yellow, red, blue, and brown.
The clarity of a diamond refers to flaws or blemishes visible when seen under a gemscope. As a general rule, all diamonds contain ‘inclusions’. Inclusions are the fingerprint of the stone. The fewer inclusions equal better quality of the diamond.
The carat is the weight or density of the diamond – the higher the carat, the more expensive the diamond. While two diamonds can be the same carat, their price and value may differ due to clarity, cut and color.
The cut of a diamond refers to its brilliance and sparkle.
Step #3 Choosing the Right Metal for Your Engagement Ring
If you do not want to discuss engagement rings with her and tip her off to an upcoming proposal, then take a peek at her jewelry box! What color does she wear the most? If she wears silver, then I would choose white gold or platinum to match her other jewelry. If you are unsure, keep in mind that white diamonds look best in white metals. Keep in mind, that white gold is gold, plated with rhodium due to its highly reflective qualities. White gold engagement rings tend to be slightly brighter and whiter than their silver counterparts.
Step #4 Time to Pick a Ring Setting
The setting is the ring that holds the center stone. This is where it is important to know if her center stone should sit high or low, how many prongs are best for her lifestyle, and if she would like a halo. Settings can have straight plain bands, have tapered stones, contain twists, be two-toned, or have a vintage flare.
Step #5 Your Engagement Ring Budget
So, how much should you spend on an engagement ring? You may have heard of the tradition that a man should spend three month’s salary on an engagement ring. Nowadays, people are more likely to base their budget on what they can afford without getting into any significant debt. Every couple is different and there is no right or wrong way. Every element of your dream ring can be adapted to suit your budget.
Here are Joseph’s Jewelry, we specialize in engagement rings. We carry numerous types, metals, styles of engagement rings catering to every budget, and desired style. We are here to help residents in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie find your perfect engagement ring as unique as you and your love! We will also repair and restore your engagement rings whether or not they were purchased through us.