Legend has it that in 1477, Austrian Archduke Maximilian gave his bride to be, Mary of Burgundy, a diamond ring to celebrate their engagement. He chose the third finger of her left hand because the ancient Egyptians believed that it has a vein that goes straight to the heart.
Whether your partner has waited to hear your response before ring shopping; or perhaps you are about to pop the big question, and want to be prepared with a beautiful ring; you need to read up on how to choose the perfect engagement ring. Traditionally, at least a month’s salary is used to buy the ring, and as a permanent symbol of the most important relationship of your life, you need to get it right!
Not only do you need to get the size right for the ring, but there is also a vast selection of options available to you. Here are the 5 Cs to help you buy the perfect engagement ring.
The cut of the diamond or gemstone is terribly important, and it has the greatest influence on its sparkle. A diamond or gemstone can be of the most perfect clarity and have the most beautiful color, but a badly cut diamond or gemstone can make it seem dull. Being well-cut means that light is reflected through the top.
After the sparkle of a diamond, the next thing that is noticed is its color. If the diamond lacks color, then the higher the grade. You can choose a ring with a gemstone that is enhanced by the supporting diamonds, for example, if your intended’s birthday is in July which has ruby as its birthstone, unforgettable ruby engagement rings can add an extra level of thoughtfulness and romance.
People usually think that the carat refers to the size of the diamond or gemstone, but it actually refers to its weight. You need to think of the cut and carat together, as a high carat diamond or gemstone of a low-cut grade can appear smaller than a lower carat that has been cut well. Consider buying rings that are slightly below the whole or half a carat to maximize your budget.
The majority of diamonds and gemstones have imperfections that are called inclusions. The fewer and less visible imperfections there are increases the grade; however, to make your budget go further do not be afraid of considering diamonds with inclusions as they are often microscopic and do not affect the beauty of the ring. These are called ‘eye clean’.
Ordinarily, buying diamond rings are considered by the ‘4 Cs’; however, cost has to be the most influencing factor. Calculate a budget: as mentioned, a month’s salary has been the tradition, but this is to be a permanent feature on your other half’s finger, so you may want to save up to add more to your budget. You know your finances, and it is important that while you may want to get the most impressive ring possible, you do not want to get into unnecessary debt. The money that you save can be used for the wedding, or even the honeymoon.