When it comes to engagement rings, you just want something big and sparkly, right? Wrong! There is a lot to consider when choosing your engagement ring. We wrote about how to get your significant other to choose the right ring for you, but now it’s time for you to decide what ring is right for you.
But let’s be real here — you are going to have to be realistic about how much you can afford to spend on your engagement ring. It’s going to be almost (never say never) statistically impossible to find a flawless 3-carat diamond for less than N200,000. Additionally, pricing for diamonds is never as consistent as pricing for, say, pure water, so costs are going to fluctuate depending on where and what you decide to buy. The easiest way to determine the price of the ring you’re going to buy is to determine your budget. Go as high as you can realistically convince yourself to go on your budget, and then stick to your hard limit when negotiating with jewelers. Waver only if you find the “perfect” ring and can afford it.
Now that you’ve established your budget, you are ready to look at some diamonds! To do this, we’re going to go over the 4 Cs: cut, color, clarity and carat.
The cut of a diamond refers to the shape of the diamond and the number of facets. Facets are cut into the diamond to achieve the highest brilliance, so as much light as possible is reflected out of the top of the diamond.
Most diamonds appear colorless, but some have tones of yellow or brown. The closer the diamond is to colorless, the more valuable it is. Diamonds also come in other colors, such as blue, green and red.
Diamonds are often formed with slight imperfections known as “inclusions.” A diamond’s clarity is determined by the number, size, type and placement of the inclusions. The clarity scale ranges from flawless to obvious inclusions.
I think it’s safe to say we all know what this one means – how big that rock is!
I recommend actually trying the ring to figure out not only what size looks best, but also what shape looks best on your finger. Sometime’s bigger isn’t better! It’s really up to the wearer.
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