If you have decided this summer is the perfect time to pop the question, you should start planning and saving now. Buying a diamond engagement ring will be one of the most important decisions of your life and hers too! From the clueless novice to the seasoned diamond window shopper, there are a few tips to help all those out there planning to pop the question.
HOW MUCH DO I SPEND?
Two and a half month’s salary. We all know it, and we have all deemed it impossible to spare that kind of money. Depending on your current salary level, financial situation and partner’s taste, tackling the issue of how much to spend can be extremely easy or the hardest decision of your life. What you must remember is asking someone to marry you was not a decision you came to overnight and therefore saving for an engagement ring will not happen in that short of a time period either. Saving up enough money to purchase a diamond will take you six months to a year and should be a major part of your budget during that time.
LEARN ABOUT DIAMONDS.
You have managed to save up the money to purchase the perfect diamond so you head off on the fateful journey only to find out five minutes after entering the first jewelry store that you have no idea what you are looking for.
Diamonds can be judged by learning the 4 C’s. Once you know the importance of the Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat, you will be able to choose the perfect stone for that special someone.
The CUT of a diamond refers to the precision and technique used to finish the rough diamond into the one set into a band. The more precise the cut the more expensive the diamond no matter the size. The cutter will have to sacrifice more of the rough diamond and therefore finish with a smaller carat to make the diamond more brilliant and you the consumer will pay for the extra lost stone. But you must remember the more precise the cut the more the diamond will shine. A perfectly cut diamond will shine even in the dark.
The CLARITY of a diamond refers to its visible flaws whether they are internal or external. Being a natural stone made from pressure, diamonds are bound to contain not only surface flaws which are left by the cutter, but internal flaws from the transformation process during the stones creation. The more clear a diamond the heavier the price tag.
The COLOR of a diamond is a part of selection most people are not familiar with. Diamonds do not just come in clear. You can buy these brilliant stones in almost every color of the rainbow, but be sure to note that the colored versions of the colorless counterparts being equal in every other way will cost you at least three times more money.
Finally, the CARAT of a diamond is the most familiar and weighed upon choosing points. A diamond’s carat weight refers to its size. When buying a diamond please try to remember that this should not be the only deciding factor. You must take into consideration all of the aspects of a diamond’s beauty because you can buy a 3-carat rock that is just plain, ugly.
TAKE YOUR TIME
The final factor in choosing the perfect engagement stone, is not rushing the inevitable. Look around and browse with lots of jewelers. Tell the jeweler what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend. Be sure not to choose the first diamond shoved at you with a clearance price tag. You and your partner will be happier with your decision if you simply take your time.