You’ve found the person you want to marry and spend the rest of your life with…and now you just need to pop the question while presenting the perfect engagement ring – no pressure, right?! Wrong! Stella Moissanite shares tips and tricks on how to navigate the seemingly endless options of engagement rings out there in order to find the perfect one. Let’s get started:
Step 1: Set a budget first. Knowing how much you want to spend on the ring will help you narrow down the options, making the process less overwhelming.
Step 2: Find the style. Is your soon-to-be fiancé more or a traditional person, a minimalist or a creative? Knowing what style the future ringbearer loves will help you decide on the overall look as well as the stone setting and cut.
Step 3: Understand the metals. Gold and platinum are the most popular choices. Gold comes in different colours (white gold, rose gold and yellow gold) and in different levels of purity (9 carat, 14 carat, 18 carat) based on your colour preference and budget.
Platinum only comes in one colour and is the most durable option. It is also the metal that costs the most, as platinum is a heavier, denser metal to use in ring making.
Silver, however, is a much softer metal and is suitable for engagement rings that will be worn everyday. It’s an ideal option for smaller budgets or grooms who plan to upgrade their fiancé’s ring in a few years.
Step 4: The right setting. The setting is what holds your moissanites in place in your ring, so you want to look for something that will not only display your gemstone, but also keep it protected from knocks and bumps. Poor settings can result in prongs failing and gems falling out, which is not ideal. Prong and bezel are the most common settings.
Step 5: Start shopping. Shorten your time spent in various jewelry stores by doing some research online to find a couple of options you like, while being able to compare prices and making sure you are still on budget. Once you have a fair idea of what you are looking for, speak to trusted jewelers about having a custom ring made to create a unique, special engagement ring.
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