How to Choose an Engagement or Wedding Ring
For both men and women, making the choice to get married is a very serious decision. By saying "I do", both man and wife make a vow to a lifelong commitment for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. Whether you are about to pop the question to your partner or you are both on the lookout for the perfect wedding ring, here are some tips on how to choose an engagement or wedding ring:
1. Conduct ample research. Rushing into a jewellery store and picking up the first ring that catches your eye is probably not the wisest thing to do. Assuming that you want only the best for yourself or for your fiancé, do your homework before making a purchase. If you want a ring with a diamond setting, bear in mind the diamond 4Cs: diamond carat weight, diamond colour, diamond clarity and diamond cut. You should also familiarize yourself with the different types of diamond shapes so you can be sure of what you want.
2. Choose a trustworthy jeweller. This is a key factor when choosing an engagement ring, wedding ring, or any other type of jewellery for that matter. If the ring that you want has a diamond setting, a credible jeweller should be able to present you with a diamond certificate from a reputable diamond laboratory such as EGL Asia. Diamond laboratories perform diamond grading services and having certification provides you with relevant information about where the diamond came from and what its exact characteristics and flaws are, if any.
3. Costly is not necessarily tantamount to high quality. Bear in mind that the most expensive wedding or engagement ring is not necessarily the most ideal. Go with a store whose staff is accommodating, helpful and makes you feel comfortable as you browse through the different rings. Do not forget to take your budget into consideration in your search to avoid getting disappointed once you find the 'perfect' ring. Tell the person assisting you what price range of rings you would like and make your decision from that point. If you are not sure which jeweller to go to, you can ask your family and friends for recommendations. That way, you reduce the risk of getting scammed or ripped off.
4. Select a ring that suits your fiancé's taste and preference. This applies to men who are shopping for an engagement ring for their girlfriends. Do not run the risk of selecting a ring that you 'think' your girlfriend might like because you know you can exchange the ring. A proposal is an once-in-a-lifetime, special moment and it should be treated as such. Take the time to find out from her family or friends what type of engagement ring she might like and be sure to take note of the specific diamond cut, diamond shape, and diamond colour that she would appreciate. Do not forget to find out her ring size as well. This will make the process of selecting the right ring much easier for you.
5. Consider the practicality of the ring. If you are a couple who considers themselves outdoorsy and adventurous, consider this when picking out your wedding rings. Choose a ring whose band is durable and that will not easily scratch. Platinum and gold are great choices for wedding bands. For engagement rings, it is important to realize that the higher the gemstone is positioned on the ring, the higher the chances of it getting snagged on one's clothes, hair, purse, etc.
6. Educate yourself on diamonds. While some women might prefer other gemstones on their engagement or wedding ring, most women opt for diamonds as their gemstone of choice. Again, remember the 4 Cs:
- Diamond Carat Weight — a diamond's mass or weight
- Diamond Clarity — how clear a diamond appears; takes into account the stone's internal defects or inclusions
- Diamond Colour — usually the more colourless a diamond is, the higher its value. However, some coloured diamonds, such as pink diamonds, are considered extremely rare and valuable
- Diamond Cut — the fashion in which a diamond has been shaped and polished from its original state; distinct from diamond shape
7. Don't forget to try it on. It is entirely possible for a ring to appear a certain way when displayed and quite another when it is on your finger. Hence, you should try the ring on for size (and appearance) and decide if you are satisfied with how it fits. Remember that you will be wearing the ring for the rest of your life so you need to be certain about your decision.
8. Invest in insurance. It is very likely that your engagement or wedding ring will be the most expensive piece of jewellery you will buy in your lifetime. Having said that, it would be wise to invest in an insurance plan in the event that the ring gets lost or stolen. By making this decision, you will be able to have peace of mind and assurance that you can collect a certain sum should any unfortunate incident occur.
Educating yourself on how to choose an engagement or wedding ring does not have to be a difficult or time-consuming task. Ultimately, what is important is that you or the person you are purchasing the ring for is happy with your choice.