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How to Shop for an Engagement Ring

Tips on shopping for an engagement ring from a local wedding planner.

Before stepping into a jewelry store, you should make sure to familiarize yourself with information so you know exactly what you're looking for. There are so many different cuts, stones, and metals to choose from.

Here is a an overview of some things you should know:

Stone's Shape

  • Princess Cut - Box or square shape  
  • Round or Brilliant Cut - Circular shape, this is the most traditional  
  • Oval Cut - Elongated circular shape  
  • Pear Cut - Resembles a tear drop  
  • Marquise Cut - Has points on both ends  
  • Emerald Cut - Rectangular Shape

The four C's

  • Cut - Refers to the different placement and amount of small polished surfaces that are "cut" into your diamond, which allows the gem to act as a prism  
  • Color - Diamonds can come in over colors, the more colorless they are the more they go up in price. Most colorless is coded "D" and "Z" for the least colorless which almost looks yellow.
  • Clarity - There are different clarity scale ratings: FL (Flawless) means no color, blemishes, or external chips. IF (Internally Flawless) means no flaws are visible under 10x magnification. VS1 or VS2 (Very Slightly Included) meants that at 10x magnification you will have moderate difficulty locating any flaws. SI1 or SI2 (Slightly Included) means that you can see flaws on 10x magnification. I1 to I3 mean you can see the flaws with your own two eyes.
  •  Carat Weight - Refers to how much the ring weighs.

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Mary Rack December 28, 2011 at 09:17 PM
What about financial considerations? Should a careful review of one's budget come first? Only after the couple knows what they can afford can they factor in the various styles and costs to make an informed and sensible decision.
You're The Bride December 29, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Hi Mary, this article was more to educate couples on the different styles of rings, etc. but yes budget is also very important. Typically though with my clients we don't really take the ring out of the main budget as the groom purchases it on his own first before we really establish the wedding budget. Thank you for the feedback :)

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