Getting engaged is a very big part of life, and only one or a few may come in a lifetime which is all the more important to savor. What better way to make an engagement memorable than with a luxurious engagement ring. Here are some buying tips for all the people who need it.
Set the budget
In recent years, the global luxury market has grown to $300 billion, however, these big numbers certainly don’t have to weigh down your decision. There are some unofficial rules of how much a person should spend on a luxury engagement ring. This varies from one to three months of the person’s salary, with the national average being short of $5,000. Another thing to have in mind is that your future fiancee will be wearing this ring for the rest of their life, so you don’t want to go on the cheap end if you don’t specifically need to.
Furthermore, you don’t want to spend all your money and end up having to pay off the engagement ring in the future year. This is why it’s very important to set a realistic budget and stick to it. When you step into the store, this budget will also help you limit your search, and make it easier to pick the right engagement ring. Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Luxurious engagement rings don’t come cheap, and if you want to get the best for your future fiance, by all means, do whatever it takes.
Know the basics
Anyone looking for a luxurious engagement ring needs to know the first buying tip is to mind the 4Cs. If you didn’t grow up with romcoms, you may want to pay close attention to what the basics of the 4Cs are. In short, the 4Cs stand for carat weight, clarity, color, and cut. These terms were created by GIA (Gemological Institute of America), the 4Cs have become the global standard for referring to the quality of diamonds and will make the job of comparing the engagement rings much easier. Once you know what these terms are, you should consider which one of the “Cs” is most important to you.
Carat weight determines the diamond’s apparent size. The second “C”, clarity, refers to the absence of blemishes or inclusions in the diamond itself. As the creators of alldiamond note, the cut of the diamond is essentially its quality and it determines how well it unleashes its light. Last but not least, the colors of the diamond are rated D-to-Z, meaning they rate the diamond’s lack of color. Diamonds with less color are extremely rare, and some diamonds that have unique colors such as pink diamonds can also be on the higher end. Prioritizing the 4Cs will help make your search quicker by eliminating some diamonds more easily. It’s also worth the time, because it allows much confidence in the search for the perfect engagement ring, and the diamonds are simply a must.
Choose the shape and the material
Once you’ve understood what the 4Cs stand for, and how they can help you look for the perfect engagement ring, you should then focus on the shape and the material for the band. No, the search doesn’t end with the diamond itself, even though it’s the most important part of having a luxurious engagement ring. It can help tremendously if you know what your fiance wants in terms of the diamond shape since it can narrow down the focus of the engagement ring hunt. Every shape (the cut, one of the Cs) is priced differently – each having a different price per carat. Round cuts are usually the most expensive, while pear and marquise are less so.
When you’ve decided on the shape, it’s time to choose a metal for the band. Traditionally, wedding bands are made from yellow or white gold, silver, or even platinum. In recent years rose gold has emerged as a fresh modern alternative. Furthermore, even if some metals look alike such as platinum and silver, keep in mind that platinum is much more expensive since it has greater density and is much rarer than silver. In addition to this, be sure to consider the budget, lifestyle, and the fact that some metals scratch easier than others.
Be sure to remember these key buying tips to help you in your search for a luxurious engagement ring. Furthermore, be sure to always shop for luxurious jewelry at respectable and reliable shops. This way you ensure you get the quality you are paying for, and all the proper documents.
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