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HOW TO CHOOSE ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS
Your wedding day is probably the biggest day of your life – and you want to make sure that you have the perfect engagement ring and wedding band. Choosing a ring can be an exhilarating experience, so we have put together the ultimate guide to give you a better understanding of what is available and help you make all the right choices.
Choosing an engagement ring
Both rings come in a huge array of styles and material, so when shopping for engagement and wedding rings, consider your style and determine what is more important you by prioritising the 4 C's:
CUT: A diamond's cut and proportion determine its brilliance (the total light reflected from a diamond), fire (the dispersion of light into the colours of the spectrum) and scintillation (the flashes of sparkle when a diamond is moved), making the cut the most important quality characteristic. Precise artistry and craftsmanship are required to transmit light and sparkle so a perfectly-cut diamond will be staggering thanks to its brightness.
COLOUR: Moving from cut to colour, diamonds tend to be the traditional engagement ring choice because they are classic, timeless and durable. The most desired engagement ring is usually colourless or white, but coloured diamonds such as green (emerald), purple (amethyst), pink (kunzite), etc. are increasingly becoming fashionable alternatives to the classic white diamond engagement ring.
CLARITY: Diamonds are formed naturally so there might be tiny little marks like small cracks and darks spots inside them. The fewer imperfections, the greater the clarity and thus, the more beautiful, rare and valuable the diamond.
CARAT: Carat refers to the diamond's weight and size. While size still matters, the cut, colour and clarity characteristics are more valuable than weight because it is more important for the diamond to be flawless and possess a superior cut, than being bigger.
Choosing a wedding ring
Shopping for a wedding ring might be considered easier when compared to shopping for an engagement ring, but there still different shapes, metal colours and fittings that you need to consider.
The one of the most important choices to make is the material used. The traditional choice is usually either white or yellow gold, but precious metals such as platinum, titanium or rose gold are becoming an increasingly popular choice. Considering that the wedding ring will complement the engagement ring, it is important that they look fantastic and fit nicely together. In this case, you may decide to choose a shaped wedding ring, including designs like delicate curve, pronounced Z-shape or a cut-out in the ring. If you do not like it shaped, then you can choose from court shape (rounded on the inside and outside, D shape (curved on the outside and flat on the inside) or flat (completely rectangular). Last but not least, you need to decide if you want it embellished with diamonds or other precious stones.
Now that we have taken you through all the steps involved in choosing and buying both your engagement and wedding rings, from determining diamonds' value, rarity and beauty and to pinning down your style, it is time to put the pieces together and make that important decision. In the end, it comes down to personal preference and budget. Do not hesitate to contact our team to arrange a consultation and even get more useful tips!