Thinking about popping the big questions? Getting inside the imagination of another and reaching into your pocket to bring the engagement ring of their dreams to fruition is not an easy task. There are a few important things to consider before the shopping adventure begins. These tips should help you find the perfect engagement ring.
Engagement Ring Rules
There are a few rules to buying the engagement ring. Before we visit common rules, let’s consider a fundamental one. We should never go crazy in debt to buy the ring. Even when we have the impulse to do it, do not let emotion control the purchase. It is okay to use store credit and finance the ring, but do it responsibly. When we are getting married and beginning a life with another person, we want to begin without a lot of debt. Debt makes a relationship stressful. While keeping this ground rule in focus, let’s visit a few rules to buying the engagement ring.
Estimating the Cost
The old rule about the cost of an engagement ring is that it should be twice your salary. That old rule is not setting the trend anymore. Every budget is unique, making this rule obsolete. Imagine making $5,000 a month and trying to save for a $10,000 ring. Instead, spend a comfortable amount on a ring that demonstrates an effort to save and sacrifice for the purchase without breaking your bank or creating a large amount of debt that will hurt you later. The rule of cost is determined by your individual budget.
Color of the Engagement Ring
However we try to measure trends, each bride is unique, and so is their stone. We all want something different. More and more brides are wearing gemstones for their engagement rings. The rule of color for an engagement ring is to match the bride and match the band. If you are choosing a platinum, silver or white gold band, color in a diamond will make the ring look dull. With that said, if you are choosing a ruby or an aquamarine stone, platinum, silver and white gold make a perfect match and intensify the color in the stone. Match the stone to the color of the band, and keep your diamonds as colorless as possible. Keep in mind that not every bride wants a diamond. You might be shopping for a ruby.
Cut of the Engagement Ring
The cut of the engagement ring affects the look on the hand and of the stone. The round stone is the most popular among engagement rings. The cut is one of the most important characteristics of a round diamond. The round cut has exceptional brilliance and fire. The princess cut engagement ring has a symmetrical square shape, and provides elegance, brilliance and sparkle. The emerald cut is sophisticated and elegant. They are more transparent than a round diamond, but provide less sparkle or fire. The marquise cut has a distinctive shape that provides the illusion of long and slender fingers. This cut provides one of the largest surface areas of any other shape, and features 33 facets on the crown and 25 facets on the pavilion. Heart shaped diamonds are for those die hard romantics. 59 facets create a fiery sparkle. A cushion cut requires larger facets for the bling, and makes the perfect vintage inspired look. The rule of cut for the engagement ring is to know what they want.
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