There comes at time in your relationship where you want to take it to the next level and ask your girlfriend to marry you. Of course you are going to need an engagement ring to signify your engagement and plan to get married. Popping the question can be quite nerve racking but choosing the engagement ring is another challenge in itself. With so many choices of engagement rings out there, how are you going to know that you are choosing the right one? Well lucky for you, we are going to talk about the rules when it comes to shopping for an engagement ring.
1.) Shape – The number one and most important rule is that shape matters. Now I know what you are thinking, “what about the 4Cs?” Well the 4Cs which the color, cut, carat, and clarity of the stone comes after the shape. Take note of the shapes that your girlfriend likes. Does she like triangular stones, or rounded out ones? Don’t confuse the shape with the cut however. The shape of the stone indicates the stone’s geometric shape while the cut on the other hand talks about the angles in the stone.
2.) Setting – After you have settled the stone of the engagement ring you are going to buy, you must then look to the setting of the stone. The setting pertains to the metal frame wherein the stone of the ring is being placed. It is important to note that the setting can set the tone of the engagement ring. The shape of the stone will influence the setting it is placed on. For example, rounded stones look good on a bezel metal frame which can give it a fresh look while oval stones look good on a four-prong metal frame giving the engagement ring a traditional look.
3.) Her style – Now other than the shape of the stone and the setting on which it is set on, you must also take note of her style. Now you might find couples who are shopping for their engagement ring together but if you are one of those guys who likes to surprise your significant other, it can be a challenge shopping for a ring that fits her style. Try spying on her and see what style she is in to or you can even ask her best friend, her sibling, or even her mother, someone who really knows what she like.
4.) The Metal – It is also important to consider the metal of the engagement ring band. There is a wide variety of choices. One of the common choices people go for is platinum which a metal that is durable and even pure. Platinum is great for people who experience allergies with metals or have sensitive skin. Another popular choice is gold which you can find in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and other unique but uncommon colors. There are also people who choose to buy recycled bands which are actually some platinum and gold mixed into one engagement ring band.