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Top Tips for Choosing a Wedding Ring for Her

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In the same way your girlfriend gets to make an effort with fashion to look perfect for you on a daily basis, it's reasonable to assume you're going to do some research and put in the time when it comes time to buy her engagement ring. It's not just about presenting her with the ring, you need to have the best strategy possible if you want her say yes.

It's time to learn about the Four Cs.

Carat, color, clarity and cut. Those are the four qualities that determine how much a diamond is worth.

How much should you spend on a diamond? That's up to you, but it's a good idea to start with a budget in mind. Once you know how much you want to spend, choose a diamond with the best combination of carat weight and cut quality that fits within your budget.

Carat: The size of the diamond is measured in carats (1/5th of a gram). A larger carat weight means more diamonds, but also more money. A 1-carat stone will cost twice as much as a half-carat stone with similar quality characteristics.

Color: Diamonds come in many colors, from colorless (completely clear) all the way down to light yellow or brown hues. The more colorless or white your diamond is, the higher its value will be. If you're looking for a fancy colored diamond like blue or pink, expect to pay considerably more than if it were colorless.

Clarity: Clarity refers to how closely all the internal characteristics of a diamond are aligned together. In other words, if you could see inside a diamond with clarity issues, you'd notice imperfections in its structure like tiny fractures and mineral deposits called inclusions. The less clarity issues your diamond has, the higher its value will be — but again, this doesn't necessarily mean that it's better quality!

Cut: This refers to the shape of a diamond. There are several types of cuts, including round, princess, oval, marquise and more. Cut affects the brilliance and fire of a gemstone and its sparkle. A well-cut diamond will allow light to reflect through it in many directions, increasing its brilliance and fire.

Your choice of metal matters.

Your choice of metal matters. Whether it's platinum or white gold, each metal has its own benefits and drawbacks. Platinum is considered a rare metal because it's so expensive; it's also durable, so it will last longer than most metals without any wear and tear. White gold is more affordable than platinum but less durable than silver or titanium. If you're looking for something even more affordable, try titanium rings that are made with cobalt-chromium alloy; they're hypoallergenic and very strong

Don't go it alone if you can help it.

This is one of those times when it's better to have friends in high places. If you have an older sister or friend who has been married before, ask them what they would recommend. If they're not soldering the two of you together based on their knowledge, they might at least be able to give some pointers on what sort of cut works best for different fingers and hands.

You should know what size she wears.

You don't want to buy something that's too big or too small. If you don't know her size, ask her friends or family members if they can help out with this task. They might have some insight into what size would fit best on her finger.

Keep in mind that women typically get measured every six months or so as their hands swell and shrink throughout the year due to hormonal changes and other factors such as weight loss or gain. Some women even have slightly different sized fingers on each hand because one side may be slightly longer than the other due to injuries sustained long ago. It's good to keep these things in mind when trying to decide what size ring will fit properly without being too loose or too tight on someone's finger.

Choose a style that suits her personality/style/taste.

If you're having trouble picking out an engagement ring that suits her style and personality, there are plenty of online resources that can help — from blogs to social media groups and forums. You could also ask friends or family members who have been married before if they have any ideas or suggestions for rings they liked during their own engagement experience.

Consider what she likes to wear on a daily basis too — maybe she prefers plainer colours over sparkly ones; maybe she prefers "bling" over minimalism; maybe she likes gold bands over silver ones; maybe she prefers square-cut diamonds instead of round ones;

You have to put in the effort and do some research if you want your engagement ring to be a big success.

At the end of the day, when you're trying to choose a wedding ring for her, remember this one basic rule: unless you know what she likes, you probably won't make the right call. Fortunately, it's not too hard to find out. You just have to pay attention. Don't be afraid to ask questions—and don't be afraid to tell the ring salesperson that you know nothing about jewelry and could use some help getting started. At the end of the day, if you can get your soon-to-be-fiancée involved in the process (even if she feels like it's more work on her part), you're more likely to make a bigger hit out of your engagement ring than ever before.

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