If you have no clue on what you should be looking out for when buying an engagement ring, this list will help you get started!
1. The 4 C's
Cut, color, clarity, and carat.
When it comes to the cut of the ring, it doesn't actually refer to the shape or size of the stone but rather the angles and proportions. There are 2 factors to a well-cut diamond; mirror-like facets and white light. Both factors are crucial to consider if you want your engagement ring to shine bright! The color of a diamond is one of the determinations on how expensive the ring can get. The closer the diamond is to being colorless, the more valuable and pricey it can be. There is a scale from D (colorless) to Z (yellow light) that a buyer can choose from so make sure to ask your jeweler on your options! The clarity of the stone refers to how clear the diamond is. The price of the diamond can vary depending on the level and type of inclusions present. As for carats, this refers to the weight of the diamond. As you've probably guessed, the increase in carat sizes also means the increase in price tag... But keep this in mind! Just because you got a bigger carat it doesn't necessarily mean that the diamond will be big. Depending on the design and mounting of the stone, the actual shape of it might differ.
2. What Metal?
The metal for the band of the ring is also a crucial aspect to consider when buying an engagement ring. There are a wide variety of metals to chose from, but among those the most popular ones are gold, platinum, palladium, and silver. Platinum is known to be the most durable and pure, as well as hypoallergenic which is great for people with sensitive skins. If color is something that is important, gold can come in as yellow, white, or rose.
3. It Can Take Some Time
Ideally, receiving your ring can take up to 6-8 weeks, depending on what type of engagement ring it is and how you customized it. Of course, the more customization there is in the order, the longer it would take. So make sure not to time the arrival of the engagement ring and the proposal so closely together! Moreover, any customization on the ring should be said before making the order.
4. Make Sure to Have a Budget
Buying an engagement ring for your loved ones can feel like a lot of pressure without a budget. Once you have set a realistic budget for your spending, then buying a ring can turn out to be much easier and fun. There are many ways to get your loved ones the perfect ring without emptying your pocket. So set a budget, inform the jeweler on the budget, and then you'll be ready to start looking!
Now that you know the basics, come visit us, or call us at (212)-764-6725 today to learn more about your options!