The Engagement Ring Lowdown

So you’ve been dating the man of your dreams, and you guys have talked future, houses, babies, the whole thing. You haven’t gone ring shopping, but you’ve been doing some online exploring of your own…  sound familiar?  Me too.

First, learn your gemstone shapes.  Round, Marquise, Pear, Oval, Square, Radiant, Cushion, Trilliant, Emerald, Princess, and Heart.  Which do you prefer, which do you hate?

The Four C’s.  Clarity, Cut, Color, and Carat are all things you have to become familiar with when looking at engagement rings.

  • Clarity is how clear the stone is, the clearer the more valuable.
  • Cut is the style used when shaping a stone, they are graded from excellent to poor. An “excellent” graded stone can cost up to 10% more, but the experts say it is well worth it.  A lower-quality stone with an excellent cut will pop like something much more expensive.
  • Diamonds come in lots of color, from yellow to black, but colorless diamonds are more traditional. The more colorless they are, the more valuable. Color grades range from D (colorless) to Z which is a pale yellow.
  • Carat is easy, it is the weight of the stone. The bigger the total carats, the bigger the price tag.

Metal madness.  What will your band be made of?  Platinum is the most durable and pricey, but when it comes to metal – what jewelry do you usually wear?  That may help you decide.

Surf the web.  Tons of websites have lots of ideas, examples, tips, tricks, and prices so you know exactly what you are getting into.  We like bluenile.com, kay.com and zales.com and don’t forget to check out their “Design Your Own Ring” where you have the ability to create unique rings and start to understand which styles you are drawn to.

Go shopping in stores.  Shopping in person is a ton of fun, they treat you like a princess, and you will get to see what these rings actually look like on your finger.  You might realize that 3 carats on your tiny size 4 ring finger is just too big ;-)  Sure, that happens… HA.