Choosing The Perfect Ring
When it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring, educating yourself on a few key aspects of this important purchase will help you find just the right one. An engagement ring is an once-in-a-lifetime investment, and like all investments, you want to be knowledgeable so that you are confident in your decision.
Because choosing a ring can be overwhelming, iDo Jewellery is here to guide you through the experience. You don’t need much to get started. All you’ll need to know before you start ring shopping is your favorite setting style, the 4C’s of diamonds and ring size.
Select Your Diamond
The Four C’s- cut, color, clarity and carat weight are a critical element in your engagement ring search. Being educated on what each “C” means will help you determine what is most important to you in a diamond. Some shoppers value color, choosing near colorless diamonds and are indifferent if this means a smaller stone for their budget. Other shoppers may be interested in a particular cut of diamond and not mind if many inclusions are present. Ultimately, it is up to you and your partner what characteristics are important to you. Here is a short guide to help you understand each “C”.
Ring Setting Style
A great place to start your search is by picking your setting. A ring’s setting determines how your center diamond is mounted and gives your ring its personality. From traditional to alternative, your setting should reflect your personal style and the options are endless.
TIP: If you don’t know the ring style you or your soon-to-be fiancé is hoping for, but want to keep your proposal a surprise, we recommend selecting a diamond and having it mounted in a simple Solitaire setting. Solitaires hold a variety of diamond shapes and accommodate any budget. Then after the proposal, you can shop for something that tells the story of your love, together.
Select The Metal
Your setting can be made of a variety of metal types and colors. A ring’s metal not only adds to the personality of the design but it can even enhance the look of the gems it’s supporting. Here’s a rundown of the most popular options for engagement rings:
- Platinum – The strongest jewelry metal and 30 times more rare than gold making it more expensive as well. It is 90 to 95% pure and does not cause allergic reactions.
- 18k Gold – Gold is one of the most precious metals in the world. Because pure 24k gold is too soft for everyday wear, 18k gold is a better option for engagement rings. This metal is 75% gold and 25% other alloys that determine its color. Naturally yellow and rich in color, this precious metal is more soft than platinum but also more affordable. With iDo Jewellery, all rings are made NICKEL FREE. We use Palladium instead.
FIND HER RING SIZE
When a proposal occurs, the ring should slide on easily but have a little resistance so it doesn’t fall off when worn. Finding the correct ring size is easy if the couple is shopping together, but can be more difficult when the proposal is a surprise. Choosing the right ring size is easy if you follow a ring size chart. All you’ll need to do is measure your finger or that of your spouse-to-be and match the measurement to the correct ring size listed on the chart.
While measuring ring size for yourself is one thing, it’s a different matter if you’re hoping to keep the purchase a surprise! Here are some suggestions that will help you to find out your future spouse’s ring size without alerting them to your plans:
Get help from your partner’s friends and family
If you ask someone close to your partner that knows them well, you may be lucky enough that they already know the answer from previous conversations. And if not, ask them to subtly work the question into conversation.
Measure it while they sleep
This one can be tricky if they’re a light sleeper but if you’re feeling stealthy, try wrapping a piece of string around their finger while they rest and then use the above measurements to get their size.