So, you’re thinking of getting engaged… Congratulations! Now to the next step: picking the perfect engagement ring for your sweetheart. While this is a very special part of getting engaged, selecting the ring that will grace the hand of your beloved for eternity can feel extremely daunting, and even stressful. You want them to love it after all! Here are a few helpful tips, the 5 S’s, (our personal twist on the 4 C’s — carat, color, cut & clarity) to keep in the back of your mind when looking for that extra special ring.
Shape. Diamond rings are traditionally cut into ten different shapes– round, princess, emerald, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, heart, cushion and asscher. Because a solitaire circular cut diamond is the most popular, this is typically the priciest pick. Non-round shapes are gaining traction today because they offer an uncommon and exclusive substitute to traditions. It is actually reported that the square cut princess style reflects light the best, and will come across as more clear and brilliant.
Style. Modern or traditional? Sleek or vintage? Understated or over-the-top? There are countless different engagement ring styles to base your final decision off of. This may seem like the hardest pick of all. Try to pick up hints according to her preference in decor, music and clothing. If she adores shopping at stores like Urban Outfitters and listening to hits from the 80′s, maybe a vintage style ring or an antique would best suit her. On the flip side, if she is a Neiman Marcus regular and listens to sultry tunes from Frank Sinatra, she may prefer something a little on the glamorous and over-the-top side.
Stone. The classic engagement ring style features a brilliant center cut diamond. 90% of sold engagement rings feature this traditional style, so if you’re trying to brainstorm other options, perhaps something more unique or unconventional, look to sapphires, rubies, Tanzanite, pearls or Moissanite. These are all very high quality gemstones, similar in hardness to diamonds, which means they will last through the wear and tear of daily life. Tanzanite would be a gorgeous alternative because it is extremely rare. Similar in color to a deep blue sapphire, Tanzanite is superb in color and 1,000 times rarer than a diamond.
Setting. The setting is an equally important part of the engagement ring as the stone. The four main choices for the setting are rose gold, yellow gold, white gold and platinum. Platinum and white gold are typically the most popular picks. Rose gold is a very delicate and unique choice because of the contemporary and feminine vibe it gives off. The metal does not matter underneath, should you choose a brilliant diamond encrusted band. In order to pick the best setting for your soon-to-be fiancé, pay close attention to the type of metal jewelry she wears. If she wears typically gold necklaces and bracelets, a yellow gold setting would match perfectly.
Size. Because carat size is a definitely personal choice and dependent on your own individual budget, another aspect of size is making sure you order your final ring in the correct size! This is a tricky part because you definitely can’t ask her, otherwise you would ruin the surprise. It would be ideal to get her mother, best friend or sister involved in this final step of selecting the ring. Purchasing the perfect ring in the wrong size would be irritating and bothersome, since she will be over the moon and not wanting to wait for it to be resized. It will also come across as impersonal! Luckily, if this does happen, most jewelers accept exchanges or will resize it properly.