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How to Choose the Perfect Ring for your Summer Engagement

Summer is a time for romance, and if you’ve been entertaining the idea of popping that big question to that special woman in your life, now’s the time to start looking for that perfect engagement ring; the one that will light her eyes with amazement and delight; the one that she won’t be able to resist; the one that she will be so proud to show off to her friends and family, and look upon fondly, each and every day, for the rest of your lives together.

Maevona Diamond Engagement Ring

Maevona Diamond Engagement Ring

Before you venture out in search of that magical, life-altering piece of jewelry, however, there are some basic things you should know about diamond engagement rings; things that will assure that you’ve not only chosen the perfect ring for her to wear forever, but also that you’ve chosen wisely from an investment perspective.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, after all, and an investment worth researching prior to making the big decision.

First, it’s important to realize that engagement rings options span far beyond the premade selections you’ll find online and in the jewelry cases of your local jewelers.  Though you will definitely find plenty of rings to choose from in this category, most jewelers these days also offer the option to design your own ring and, while that thought might be intimidating right at first, the process is actually very simple, and you’ll have a jewelry expert to guide you throughout the entire experience.

Design your own ring options are great for a variety of reasons.  First of all, you can customize your engagement ring from the diamond solitaire to the accents to the wedding band, itself.  But also important is the fact that by designing your own ring, you can often get more ring for your money by choosing the center stone carefully and pairing it with a setting that maximizes its natural beauty and brilliance.  To maximize this benefit, be sure to study up on what’s commonly known in the jewelry industry as “the four C’s.”  These include cut, color, clarity and carat weight, and each category has an effect on a diamond’s overall value.  Your jeweler can help you to pair just the right stone with just the right setting to create a breathtaking engagement ring that also fits the bill of wise investment.

The perfect engagement ring is closer to your grasp than you might think, and so is that one little word you’re just dying to hear pass through her lips; “Yes!”

The 4 “C”s of Diamond Value

How are diamonds graded? What exactly makes up the final price you pay at the fine jewelry store? Well, it all comes down to a simple and easy to remember formula – the 4 “C”s of Diamonds. These carry over in some ways to the grading of other gemstones – even pearls – but when we talk about diamonds in relationship to the 4 “C”s, we are talking about a very specific way of exploring production and perfection quality.

4 C's of Diamonds

4 C’s of Diamonds

 

Color refers to the hue of the diamond. Chemically perfect diamonds are without hue and translucent, creating the stunning and glamorous shimmer we associate with these stunning natural miracles. However, colored diamonds – while many are synthetically heat treated to produce outlandish and brilliantly unnatural shades of reds and blues – can be even more valuable than diamonds without hue, depending on the type. Pale pink diamonds are extremely rare and highly valued, for example, because their natural impurities are so rare.

Cut refers to the facets of the diamond itself and the shape that it takes, which is all determined by the way in which it is cut and how many planes are carved into the stone. When diamonds are set into specific band settings, they have to be cut in a way that allows them to stay still and safe. Loose diamonds can be inspected more adequately in relationship to cut because all angles are easily visible.

Carat weight refers to the mass of the diamond, or, to put it simply, the amount of diamond you are dealing with. The more diamond, the better, although size and weight is not a hard and fast rule when it comes to value. A very impure diamond with visible surface scratching with certainly be worth less than a smaller and chemically perfect piece.

Lastly, we need to talk about clarity. When we are talking about clarity in reference to diamonds, what we are referring to is the surface scratching, cloudiness, and overall impurities found on the diamond itself. The more visible these impurities are, the more that those impurities will have an effect on the overall value on the diamond. Some impurities can only be seen under extreme magnification, and won’t weigh as heavily. Some are highly visible and detract from the value significantly. It all depends on the diamond.

The 4 “C”s of diamonds is important to understand for anyone who loves precious gemstones and wants to know more about them.

 

Wedding Rings That Tell A Story

My parents haven’t been together for many years, and only my father has remarried. Things have settled down for me and my siblings, and being an extended family with step-siblings and a step-parent, is now no longer a tumultuous transition but a pleasant reality. Now that I am leaving college and watching most of my high school friends (and some of my college roommates, even) get engaged, I’ve been absolutely bombarded with images of engagement rings. People I haven’t seen since high school graduation are chatting me up to show off their new pieces of jewelry. In the span of four months, during my work as a barista at a popular local cafe, I heard about no less than three weddings. I saw three different rings. All of them were so unique to the couples they belonged to.

 

 Maevona Eorsa Engagement Ring

Maevona Eorsa Engagement Ring

My parents wedding rings are a warm gold with interlocking shapes etched inside of the band. It was a very beautiful and warm design that evoked their youth – it made a lot of sense. My father and stepmother’s rings, however, are cooler and more simple in their design, displaying only vague and subtle design work (although part of this can be attributed to my dad’s terrible habit of losing rings – he works with his hands and often has to remove it to prevent damage, but it’s no secret I inherited my clumsiness from him, and things tend to go missing). Beyond that, the strong unity for the design itself tells the story of it. After I started noticing this trend, I couldn’t help but think of my grandparents wedding rings, which are gold, well worn, consistently polished, and plain in appearance – all thematically representative of who they are as a couple and a unity of their value system and beliefs.

 

In a very real way, my dislike of rings in general – and of the concept of traditional engagement and marriage rituals – are also ways of identifying parts of who I am. I am nontraditional, someone who values commitment and the idea that we make our own relationship rules. This is further evidenced in my love of watching others celebrate their love with beautiful and unique jewelry, including diamond engagement rings and wedding parties. There is something to be said about tweaking the traditional so that it really reflects you – it’s very special to experience, even secondhand.

Designing Diamond Engagement Rings For Forever

Even though I had followed a slightly more practical path through college and into the business world, I have always had a bit of an artistic side. Growing up, I was always drawing and painting, and even took an occasional class after college in sculpture or design just as a hobby. It’s a good thing I did because that was where I met the woman who just recently became my wife. Knowing that she was as artistic as me, I knew I had to do something special when it came to finding the right diamond engagement rings.

 

Maevona Noss Pave Engagement Ring

Maevona Noss Pave Engagement Ring

I started window shopping and looking online long before I was going to make the proposal to give me enough time to find the perfect ring. In my searches, I came across something I had never considered: having a custom design engagement ring. I guess I just didn’t realize that custom made jewelry was something that could be done easily and affordably. It sounds like to me something only royalty and Hollywood stars could afford.

 

I visited my local jewelry store and found out that they had several artisans who worked on creating all types of handmade jewelry. When they explained the process of using computer aided design and 3-D models, I could understand how they had made it affordable. In fact, I realized that I could create not just a diamond engagement ring, but also matching wedding bands for the amount I had already budgeted. They also told me that making custom jewelry only took a matter of weeks, and that had me hooked.

 

Since I had the extra time built in to my search, I started asking my girlfriend casual questions about what her perfect diamond engagement ring would look like. Naturally, she knew what I was fishing for, but she always laughed, saying I’d never be able to find a ring exactly as she described. She was right, I wouldn’t find one, but I could make one. When she had finally given me all of her details, I took those notes to the jeweler. Within a few weeks, I had her exact ring. The look on her face when she opened that box was priceless, knowing that she is going to have the perfect diamond engagement ring for the rest of her life.

Looking To Find The Right Diamond Engagement Rings

I discovered the best thing about shopping for diamond engagement rings is that there is no deadline. My girlfriend and I have been together for two years now, and for the last several months, we both have known that we’re going to get married. I know I can’t wait forever to ask her, nor do I want to, but I want to make sure that every part of the proposal is perfect, and that includes making sure I have the right engagement ring.

Maevona Diamond Engagement Rings

Maevona Diamond Engagement Rings

 

Even if I wasn’t in the market for such a purchase, I still would have been spending a lot of time in jewelry stores, thanks to both Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I’m very happy that exchanging gifts is not a tradition associated with St. Patrick’s Day or I might not ever be able to find the right ring. Looking for her holiday gifts, I had in mind what I was looking for: diamond earrings for December 25th and a gold necklace for February 14th, and I’m happy with what I got, but both times I knew I had to make a decision. It’s not like I could change the days the holidays were on.

 

Choosing the engagement ring has given me the freedom to take my time. I’ve certainly been looking every time I’ve gone into the jewelry stores, getting a sense for what is out there. The good news is that I’ve gotten to know the people working there and they understand the type of ring my girlfriend wants and the budget that I’m working with. They help me see different options that I have that will work best with me, and have even pointed out the possibility of having a custom designed ring.

 

I’m putting together the rest of the plans in my mind about how to make the proposal something special she will always remember. So far it involves a country inn and a hot air balloon. Of course, all of those moments will be fleeting, here and then gone. The diamond engagement ring, on the other hand, will be with us forever, and I want to make sure it is the ring she has always dreamed about.