What to Consider When Buying an Engagement Ring

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What to Consider When Buying an Engagement Ring

The prospect of getting married creates both excitement and anxiety. On one hand, the decision to finally tie the knot with the person you love is one of the biggest milestones in your life. On the other hand, planning a wedding can easily become a nightmare because of all the details that need to be addressed, as well as the plethora of unexpected things that could go wrong.

One of the most important things to address is how to choose a wedding ring that’s right for the both of you. After all, the rings you choose are going to be the symbols of your unending loyalty to one another. It’s only fitting that we take utmost care in managing this matter. So, how exactly do you choose an engagement ring?

Metal

The metal of your bands is an important aspect, not just for their different characteristics, but also because they vary in terms of weight, likelihood of being an allergen, whether or not they tarnish, and of course, the level of care needed to maintain the band. Metals like platinum and titanium are hypo-allergenic. Steel is scratch-resistant, strong, and inexpensive, while palladium does not tarnish, nor does it need to be replated.

Profile

The profile of your ring refers to its shape. This is an important detail to consider because this directly affects whether or not the ring is comfortable to wear. A court is one of the most popular choices because of its rounded edges. A flat ring is a modern choice and as the name suggests, is flat on all sides. A flat court ring combines the aesthetics of a flat ring with the comfort of a court ring.

Finish

The finish refers to the lustre and reflectiveness of the band. It may also affect the comfort of a wearer, but only marginally. This is more of a matter of preference whether you want your ring to be shiny or matte.

Style

The style of your band is also more of an aesthetic choice than a practical one. There are many patterns and combinations to choose from that would alter the look and feel of your band. Whether it’s a plain band or one that comes with a duo-tone design, the decision behind the styling of a band is a matter of preference.

Diamond Cut

Finally, let’s not forget the literal jewel of your engagement ring. A “diamond cut” refers to two aspects:

Quality – This is determined by the skill of the craftsperson who carved the stone into a gem. This also determines how much your diamond sparkles.

Shape – This refers to the way in which your diamond is cut. Diamonds can be cut into varying shapes, whether they’re round, rectangular, or oval.

The combination of these aspects determines the kind of cut that a diamond gets. There are far too many different cuts to sufficiently explain the differences between popular cuts, so we’ll do that in a separate article.

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