There is no symbol of love that is more recognized then the diamond engagement ring. It means permanence, marriage, adoration, and commitment.
As tradition dictates, a man who wants to marry the woman he loves will give her an engagement ring as a sign that he intends to marry her. After placing the ring on her left hand it is known that they will soon marry and live life together.
Before the proposal takes place though, the man needs to buy the ring. This often causes the most bewilderment because there are so many choices when it comes to diamond engagement rings.
That’s where we come in to help the grooms-to-be. Hageman Jewelry is an educational website about diamonds and engagement rings.
First of all, there are different materials such as gold, white-gold, or platinum. You will also need to decide what kind of stone to use. Current fashion trends usually dictate what type of cut is most popular in the market.
To give you some examples, the most common diamond shapes are:
* Round brilliant
* Pear shaped
All of these shapes have their own unique personality that can reveal a lot about the woman wearing it.
Buying a Diamond – The 4 Cs
When buying a diamond engagement ring you need to take into consideration the 4 C’s of diamonds, Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat. This is what makes the diamond what it is.
The color describes the actual amount of color the diamond contains. It can range from colorless to yellow and may contain slight tints of gray, brown, or yellow. There are also fancy colors that include intense yellow, brown, blue, green, pink, or red. These are rarer and more valuable then the traditional color diamond.
The clarity describes the purity of a diamond. This is determined by the number of, size, and location of internal and external imperfections. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has instituted a grading system that ranges from flawless to obvious inclusions. Most diamonds have qualities that are somewhere in between.
The cut refers to the proportions, symmetry, finish, and polish of the diamond. Well cut diamonds are obviously more expensive and harder to find.
For most women, carat is the important part of the diamond equation. They say size does matter, and in the case of diamond rings, it is usually the truth.
A ring can range anywhere from ¼ carat to 10 carats, and possibly more. The average carat for a diamond engagement ring is approximately 1 carat which is large enough to look wonderful but small enough that it is not overwhelming on the finger.
Where From Here?
Women wait most of their life to have a diamond engagement ring put on their finger by the man they have dreamed of. Men have one shot to do this the right way, so it best to invest a lot of time and research into finding the perfect ring.
If you need a hint of what her style might be then look in her jewelry box to find out what kind of setting, what color band, and what color stone she may like. Chances are, you know her pretty well by the time you get engaged.
So, take your time to research what she likes and get her a ring that will last a lifetime. Good luck in your search!