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How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

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Choosing an engagement ring used to be as simple as answering a few questions: Is it best to go with a princess or emerald cut gown? White gold or yellow gold, which one should I choose? Nowadays, there are many factors to take into account when deciding on the best time, place, and method to purchase an engagement ring. We've compiled the best advice for making such a major purchase.

Make Sure You Don't Fall Prey To Trends

As a symbol of your eternal love, an engagement ring should have a stone that perfectly complements your fiancee's personality and style. Take a look at their existing jewelry to get a sense of their personal style. Is this person a gold or platinum individual? How much jewelry do they wear, or do they wear nothing at all? Pick a piece that they'll wear every day for the rest of their lives based on their current style.

There Is No Need For A Stone To Be Flawless On Paper

Aside from the "Four Cs" (i.e. color, cut, clarity and carat weight), diamond certificate grading should not be your only consideration when purchasing a diamond pendant. For a beautiful ring, you don't need a D Flawless stone The GIA grading (diamonds are graded from D to Z by the Gemological Institute of America) isn't the best way to judge a stone. To begin, consider your grade, but don't let that be your only consideration.

Size Only Matters If You (Or Your Future Spouse) Believe It Is Important

A mantra like "go big or go home" isn't appropriate unless you believe that your future spouse will value it highly. Consider your options if that's the case. The importance of color and clarity may be overshadowed by the importance of size.

That includes those in the jewelry industry. J.Hannah jewelry designer Jess Hannah says, "I think there's less pressure to have a showy ring now." There are times when someone's personal style demands that the ring be a little less blingy, and that's perfectly fine." It's wonderful that women now have the confidence to go against the grain of the traditional jewelry store model in search of something truly unique. The decision "felt like a feminist one."

Know The Origin Of The Stone

Designer and co-founder of Bario Neal, Page Neal believes that customers appreciate jewelry with a backstory, especially if that backstory involves gems that were sourced ethically. For Neal, the pursuit of sustainably sourced diamonds, metals, and gemstones begins and ends at the source, with full transparency from mine to market. According to Neal, "I think people want to know where their jewelry comes from." That we go out and find stones for their custom pieces is a big hit with our customers." Stones that are unique in some way are what we seek out, and we bring them back to discuss their options." As a customer of a jeweler like Neal, it's important to take note of all the tiniest details to share with your future fiancee.

This Isn't Something That Should Be Left To The Last Minute

What comes next after you've found the stone of your dreams is deciding what to do with it. According to Cynthia Smith of Cynthia Cook Brides, her fiancé worked with one of her best friends Montana Coady to design her ring. "Her words of wisdom were to view the center stone as a work of art, and the setting as the frame for it. The ring should reflect the personality of the person who will be wearing it, so don't be afraid to take a risk and try something new. Take the advice of an expert who you can trust and let them lead you to the right path.

Think Outside The Box When Selecting An Engagement ring

When it comes to purchasing jewelry, millennials want it to feel unique and personal. Diamonds and traditional jewelry settings are becoming less and less popular among women, who prefer something more personal, unique, and unexpected. Many are looking for something new. Instead of basic, boring, or predictable, they want something that feels both "fashionable" and "relevant," but also timeless. Azlee designer Baylee Zwart says, "They come to us for a ring that's unusual but still clean and sleek so it won't go out of style."

Minimalist, but with a twist: Zwart's pieces are sleek, geometric and ultralight. As a result of this, brides (or grooms, or couples) seek out her Eclipse or shield-cut engagement rings. There will be no restrictions on what Zwart can create for customers, he explains.

A Jeweler Can Be An Excellent Source Of Advice And Guidance

There is something special about having something made just for you, says Hannah. For the most part, today's customers want something that straddles the line between old and new." It's no longer about the size of the diamond, but rather the quality or uniqueness of the shape, such as a rose cut. In addition, many people are giving up diamonds entirely. While it appears greenish blue in daylight, alexandrite transforms into purple when exposed to incandescent light. One size doesn't fit all anymore when it comes to [engagement rings]."

Don't Do It All On Your Own.

If you're having trouble finding the perfect engagement ring on your own, enlist the aid of your close friends. Get recommendations from people who've been engaged and enlist the help of a friend or family member whose taste you admire for advice on jewelry. Most people have an idea of what they want in their heads and may have expressed it to a close friend or family member (or added to a Pinterest board).

Keep Your Options Open

Avoid making a legally binding agreement with the jeweler, as opposed to the matrimonial commitment you hope to make. There should be no problem exchanging it for something else if your intended doesn't like what you came up with. When you buy jewelry for your future spouse, you want them to cherish it for a lifetime.

In The End, It's Not About The Cost

Ads by De Beers' marketing wizards during the Great Depression urged men to spend one month's salary on a diamond ring in order to be "responsible." Don Draper would be proud. It increased to two months in the 1980s. At least three months' salary should be spent on this piece of eternal jewelry, according to the current guideline. Basically, it's a clever advertising ploy. There's no hard and fast rule for how much an engagement ring should cost, and some women prefer less-expensive, smaller diamonds (or want to forego diamonds altogether). Some are opting for a simple band like Amanda Seyfried's, while others are opting for a vintage or secondhand ring. Forget about the algorithmic price tag and go for what's best for your loved one.

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