Selecting the perfect engagement ring starts with assessing your budget. Once you’ve determined how much you can afford to spend, you can then begin shopping in your price range. Engagement ring costs vary greatly depending on the style, quality and size of the diamond.
Remember that knowledge is power. The more you understand about diamonds, the more educated your decision will be. The quality and value of diamonds are based on four factors: color, clarity, cut and carat. A grading system is used for what’s better known as the 4 C’s of diamonds.
Choose a ring that will work well with your lifestyle. Playing sports and working outdoors can be very hard on jewelry. Stones can easily scratch, chip, break or fall out from rough activities. If you have an active lifestyle, consider smaller round or oval stones as opposed to a marquise or pear cuts. These shapes have points that can easily be chipped or broken.
You should also consider aesthetics. Certain ring sizes and shapes look better on the fingers of certain hands. A wider band may look better on a larger hand, while thinner bands may look better on more slender fingers. Trying on different styles and shapes is the best way to determine which style looks best on your hand.
Lastly, the perfect ring isn’t the largest ring or the priciest ring. The perfect ring is the one that speaks to you personally. Remember that your ring is a symbol of your love and commitment to each other and thus makes the true value of your ring priceless.