Engagement Ring Shopping Simplified

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When shopping for the perfect engagement ring or setting it should be anything awful. Equipped with general knowledge about engagement rings, diamonds, and ring settings the task to find the right ring will be a positive experience. To ensure you are well on your way to finding that perfect piece of jewelry to ask the girl of your dreams to marry you, here is some advice.

Become an expert on the terms that come along with shopping for rings of all kinds in particular engagement rings. The term band refers to the circular segment that encompasses your finger. The metals that bands are usually created out of are gold, white and yellow, silver and platinum. Occasionally ring bands can be created out of a combination of metals. Setting is a term that describes the piece that holds the diamond, or other stone, and is attached to the metal band. A gemstone is the “rock” or stone, such as a diamond or emerald that is usually the show stopper. When it comes to engagement rings be safe and stick with diamonds unless you have a darn good reason to deviate from the norm.

Speaking of searching for gemstones and diamonds you need to know all about the four C’s; carat, color, clarity and cut. The carat of the diamond refers to the weight. Color ranges from colorless to light color. Depending on your budget this is one area with a bit of wiggle room. Note that a yellow gold band often times takes away slight imperfections in the color of the diamond. Clarity is another C when it comes to diamonds that can be played with as well. Clarity refers to imperfections and blemishes in the diamond. A FL is a completely flawless gem whereas an I3 is a gem that flaws can be seen, at least to the trained eye. The cut refers to the shape of the diamond.

Another C that is not included in the four C’s but is as equally important is cost. The more carats, the higher the clarity, the clearer the color and the cut of the gemstone will all way into the cost of the diamond. The stone is just one piece as the metal will also add to the cost of the rings. Platinum bands and settings are more costly then yellow and white gold.

One of the best pieces of advice that anyone can give a man on a mission to find the perfect engagement ring is to come up with and stick to a budget. If you have found a reputable jeweler they will be able to find exactly what you are looking for, within your budget considering the two are reasonable. Again, the best piece of advice anyone can give you is to make a ring budget and stick to it.

Armed with the basics in this article you will be well on your way to find the perfect engagement ring, setting and gemstone to propose to the love of your life.