If you are ready to propose, then you are, no doubt, facing the small matter of buying the perfect diamond engagement ring. No worries, we’ve put together a short list of the top things to consider when buying a ring, so you can hone your purchasing skills before even setting foot in the jewelry store!
Look at the diamond in different light environments. It should retain its sparkle in a range of lighting conditions.
Choose a shape that fits your future partner’s personality. Someone who prefers more edgy fashions might go for a square cut, while a romantic might prefer a cushion-cut. Diamonds come in a variety of shapes: round brilliant, emerald, pear, oval and specialty cuts.
No matter the shape, cut quality affects a diamond’s beauty and value more than any of the 4Cs (cut, color, clarity, carat weight). A well-cut 1¾-carat diamond may actually appear larger than a poorly cut two-carat diamond—and it will sparkle more.
If diamonds aren’t her style, consider sapphires or rubies, which are tough enough to withstand daily wear. Rings also come in a variety of precious metals, so if gold isn’t her thing, consider white gold, platinum or rose gold.