Before you buy that wedding ring…

A wedding ring is an investment, just like your relationship is. You want the best product for your budget of course, and you want to make sure that it will last a lifetime, since that’s how long you are promising to spend with your significant other.

You wouldn’t just go pick a person off the street and ask them to marry you, would you? Not normally! Normally you date a few people before you find the right one, the one you want to spend your life with. Just like you shop for the right love, you need to make sure you shop around and do your homework before picking the ring you will wear to show your love for one another.

The Four C’s

The four C’s have everything to do with picking the right diamond for your ring. Cut, color, clarity, and carat are the four things to look for when it comes to diamond choice. The cut makes the diamond, and the right cut is a must have if you want the perfect gem.

The color of the diamond also has something to do with the grade of the diamond. All diamonds have a hint, or more, of yellow in them. However, you don’t need to buy a yellow diamond. Look into fancy diamond colors if that is what makes you happy. Just make sure you look at the other C’s too if you want to ensure you have a quality diamond that will last a lifetime.

Clarity of your diamond is determined by how many impurities are in it. The clearer the diamond, the more flawless it is (and the more costly). Also look at carat, which is basically the weight of the diamond. While bigger isn’t always better, carat does determine the price of the diamond. It can be a difficult subject to master though, so be sure to talk to your jeweler.

The Design

Finding your perfect wedding ring is not just about the diamond. Design and setting are also important.You’ll want to decide if you want a cold ring or a silver ring. You’ll also have to pick what karat gold you want, or weight of silver you want if you are opting to go with sterling.

It is also important to learn more about diamond settings as well as what kind of band you want, because the setting you choose will ultimately decide the size and style of band you need. There are many different settings, and the size and amount of stones you plan to have added are only part of what you’ll need to determine. Do you want prong setting, a lobster clasp, or maybe a bezel setting? These setting either enhance the view of your diamond, or they make take away from it. Spend some time looking at different rings. Pay attention to how the stones are placed and supported.

Certain settings, bands and diamond sizes will look better on some people than others. You’ll also what to take into consideration what type of work you’ll be doing while wearing your ring so you can have your jeweler recommend the best options for a sturdy ring if you might bang it around. A cheap sterling silver or the wrong setting could mean a dented ring or lost stone!

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