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What to Look for When Purchasing Diamond Rings by Andrew Stratton

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What to Look for When Purchasing Diamond Rings

If you are ready to pop the question to the love of your life, it is imperative that you do it with the right hardware. Do you need to know the characteristics that make diamond rings valuable? Do you need to discover what makes them durable and attractive to your future wife? If you find yourself in this predicament, then you have come to the right place. In the paragraphs you will learn the ins and outs of picking an engagement set that your significant other will flip over.

When searching for diamond rings, the first thing to do is to become familiar with the terms that are used in the jewelry business. Salespeople will throw these words at you constantly and if you do not know what they mean you could end up making a purchase that you will regret. Here is a crash course in engagement set terms. First is band. This is the round part that actually slides onto the finger and is usually made of silver, gold, or platinum.

The next term you need to become familiar with is setting. This is, quite simply, the area that holds the gemstone in place. It is attached to the band on top and is often made of platinum because of its durability. Settings come in invisible and pronged varieties, so keep an eye out for the type that your girl likes best.

The highlight of the engagement set is the gemstone. This is the rock that sits on top of the setting that everyone goes gaga over. Many people go by the adage that bigger is better, but this is not always the case. When choosing a gemstone, you have to keep the "four Cs" in mind. They are carat, color, clarity, and cut. If a rock is huge, but has poor clarity it could greatly diminish the value. Conversely, if you select a smaller gemstone that is the cut that your girlfriend prefers with beautiful color, it could create the perfect setting.

As you have probably noticed already, a big part of selecting the correct diamond rings is knowing the tastes of your significant other. An engagement set can be worth one million dollars, but if it does not fit your girlfriend's tastes the value will not matter. To find out your girl's tastes, the best thing to do is ask her. Talk to her about her friend's engagement sets. Talk to her about jewelry in general and just let her tell you what she likes. You can also ask her family members and friends for help if you are trying to surprise her. However you do it, the main thing is to find out what she likes and what she does not like. Once you know the difference, it will make shopping for diamond rings much easier.

When you are ready to shop, be sure to set a budget and let the jeweler know how much you can afford. There is no sense in wasting your time looking at jewelry that is too pricey or feeling bullied into purchasing something entirely out of your price range.

Finally, it is important to know what you are buying. A carat refers to the weight of a gemstone. The color of rocks varies greatly, but most women prefer white for their engagement sets. Clarity measures the amount of imperfections in a rock. There is no perfect gem, but the less imperfections, the greater the clarity. As for cut, there are round, square, emerald, radiant, and princess cut among others. Round cut brings out a stone's sparkle, while radiant and princess cut are excellent at hiding imperfections.

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