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.
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!”