Author: Debbie Nguyen
Published: Mar 17 2014
Getting to the engagement part of a relationship is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life. However, choosing the ideal engagement ring should go beyond the basics. While carat (weight), clarity, color and cut are all important factors when it comes to choosing a diamond ring, you want to go beyond the 4Cs.
Whether you’ve been with this person for a few months or years, you should know her tastes and style by now. Choosing something traditional for an individual who has chic and exotic tastes may make her think twice about saying yes. Her clothing, car, and tastes in jewelry should all be taken into consideration before you set foot in a jewelry store. If you’re still at a loss for what to select, you can enlist the help of her best friend, especially if they’ve been friends for years. Since most women have dreamed about their engagement ring since they were little, her BFF will be able to give you actual insight on the hopes and dreams of her favored setting.
You can also take the easy route and innocently pass by a jewelry store together when you're on a date. This will allow you to see firsthand the exact direction of her style and tastes. The important thing to remember before you put money down on this important investment is that modern women like to be expressive. They want to dress and look in a way that makes them stand out in a crowd. They don't want to wear a ring daily that looks like something their neighbor might have.
If you really want to earn some points with your woman, you can personally work with a jeweler to design a custom ring. Many stores, like Icing On The Ring, premier Los Angeles jewelers, will help you select the setting, the stone, and customize it in a way that will be especially meaningful to you.
Colored stones are also gaining popularity with modern women. Engagement and wedding rings don't have to be with clear diamonds. Many modern couples now choose sapphires, yellow diamonds or the edgier chocolate diamonds. The type of metal you choose also makes a statement.
If your intended is environmentally conscious, you have a number of options for choosing a “green” ring. Your eco-friendly choices can begin with a recycled stone or a vintage ring. This can include an heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation. By selecting a new setting, you can surprise your loved one with a recycled diamond. Eco-friendly options also include purchasing something that hasn’t been newly mined or refined. Adorning the finger of your intended with a vintage ring can allow you to promote green living and be able to gift her with something different and unique that has a story with it.
Hands come in all different shapes and sizes. Choosing something ornate, large and gaudy for a tiny hand could look out of place. There are a host of considerations to take into account when choosing the right engagement ring and hand size and delicacy are key factors. You also want to determine the lifestyle of the individual that you’re purchasing for. If she utilizes her hands a great deal throughout the day, you may want to find something sturdy and indestructible.
Not every jeweler has the same return policies in place, and you need to discuss this with them ahead of time. If you’ve given the selection of the ring careful consideration, and you know your intended's tastes, you may not have anything to worry about. However, you want to ensure that if the ring just doesn’t make the cut, your bride-to-be can bring it back and select something that suits her own specific tastes.
Surprising your loved one with an engagement ring is a romantic gesture that is sure to get a resounding “yes.” However, you need to take the above important factors into consideration before eliciting the right kind of enthusiasm.
Debbie Nguyen got engaged with a traditional diamond in a gold 4-prong setting, before she changed it to a more contemporary ring. Icing On The Ring, premier Los Angeles jewelers, has a large variety of engagement rings and does custom work on site.
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