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How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring

From moissanite rings to the risk of purchasing illegal conflict diamonds, there is a lot to consider when choosing the perfect engagement ring. Whether the ring is for you or your partner, it’s hard to know where to start.

To make the process a lot easier, we’ve put together this breakdown of the things you need to consider. We’ll go over everything from what to look for in a gemstone and how to match it with your band, to the reasons you need to choose your jeweler carefully.

Diamonds Are Forever, So Choose Wisely

Choosing the perfect engagement ring gemstone may be the most important part of this whole process.

When determining the value of gemstones, refer to the 4 C’s. The 4 C’s are Carat weight, Color, Clarity, and Cut. Finding the right balance of each to fit your budget is the most involved part of this whole process. These also determine the price of the stone.

There are many diamond simulants and alternatives which offer more affordable options. You might know about cubic zirconia, but there are many different options. Moissanite rings are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those wanting a balance between quality and affordability.

Determine Your Ring Size

You can spend years researching and pricing the perfect engagement ring, but it won’t mean much if it doesn’t fit. Before even considering any of the designs or styles of your ring-to-be, triple-check your measurements. Many jewelry stores offer sizing as a service if you’d prefer a more professional, experienced hand.

If your ring is meant as a surprise for your partner, measure a ring that they already own to get a good idea. Thankfully, most precious metal rings can be resized one or two sizes either way. This means there is an option if you don’t have access to a precise measurement.

They Aren’t Precious Metals For Nothing

There are many factors to consider before deciding on what precious metal you want for your band. If your gem isn’t a diamond, you may find that gold fits some colors, while silver better matches others.

For example, red gemstones such as ruby work best with a gold band, whereas blue gems like sapphire pair nicely with a silver color. While those conventional colors and combinations are popular, the choice is ultimately yours. 

It’s also important to consider that some metals can irritate or discolor the skin over long exposure periods. Ensure you test different precious metals for problems before making your choice.

Find The Setting Style That Speaks To You

Now that you have an idea of the colors and general size and shape, here comes the fun part! The setting refers to the space your gemstone will fit into. Choosing a setting style is all about personal preference. 

Take your time looking at references, and layouts, and play around with the complexity and level of detail. There are tons of different style options to choose from, but custom designs are also possible.

This is where your engagement ring will really start to stand out, so it’s important to go with something that screams ‘you’ or your partner.

Consider Adding Side Stones 

While almost all engagement rings these days feature a single gemstone set on a band, those aren’t your only option.

Side Stones are a great way to ensure the colors you choose for your gem and band stand out more. These gems are smaller in size than the main gem, but the same or similar in color. 

The addition of side stones also allows for more elaborate and unique setting styles. For those looking to go all-out with their engagement ring design, side stones are a perfect choice.

Work With A Reputable Jeweler

The value of jewelry and gemstones will always attract the attention of bad actors. Whether they’re looking to turn a profit by scamming customers or engaging in illegal conflict trading, the risks are high. 

That’s why it’s always a safe bet to go with an established jewelry store or brand that you know well. Their public reputations and mainstream recognition mean that they won’t risk breaking the law and misleading their customers.

Don’t Be Afraid To Get A Second Opinion

Look, getting an engagement ring can prove stressful and requires months of research. With all that investment still not guaranteeing you make the right choice for you or your partner, there’s no shame in asking for help.

A second, neutral opinion can help frame your views and preferences. Ask a close friend to discreetly help you move through this list so you don’t risk developing tunnel vision.

As long as it’s you making the actual decisions and organizing the ring, it’s reasonable to bring in someone you trust for assistance.

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