Choosing the Perfect Wedding Ring

20 Jul

After deciding to ask the woman of your dreams to be your bride, the next problem would be getting the perfect ring. Whether you believe it or not, buying the perfect wedding ring is an artform. Getting something too fancy would invariably burn a huge hole in your pocket while something too shabby would be likely to get you one of two results. The luckier of which is your bride-to-be would simply say no. The other is that she would say yes and spend the rest of your years together making you pay for that mistake, which is honestly not a pretty sight. But jokes aside, a traditional estimate is to spend about 2 months’ salary for your wedding ring. An un-traditional estimate is well… as they say, the sky’s the limit, depending on how deep your pockets are.

Besides deciding on the amount to spend, you need to do some other homework before you start looking for the ring. First up would be to find out her ring size. Just a reminder, it’s suppose to be for her left hand, fourth finger. There are several ways to go about finding this information. You can ask her close friends, look for an old ring she used to wear, make an impression of a ring she still wears or use a piece of thread to measure her finger when she is asleep. But the key is to be discreet and not to let her find out what you are planning prematurely.

Next, the type of diamond to buy. The common gauge of diamond quality is the 4Cs – Carat, Cut, Clarity and Colour. It is important pick a diamond that is balanced in all the 4Cs as each factor contributes to the overall quality of the diamond. Below are some of the basics about the 4Cs.

Carat – The carat is frequently thought of as the size of a diamond but it is actually a reflection of its weight. One carat is approximately 200 milligrams. Due to the rarity of large diamonds, a 1-carat diamond would cost significantly more than two 0.5-carat diamonds. Also, the ring setting and the cut of a diamond may make it appear larger than it actually is.

Cut – The cut of a diamond affects the amount of light that is reflected. Generally, the number of cuts and the depth of the diamond will decide the amount light that is reflected back. A diamond that is too shallow or too deep will cause light to be refracted out of the diamond instead of being reflected back and hence cause a loss in brilliance. Some common diamond shapes are featured below.

Asscher

Emerald


Oval


Marquise


Pear


Princess


Radiant


Round

Clarity – The clarity of a diamond is a measure of its intrinsic flaws. Most of these imperfections are invisible to the naked eye. In fact, with the exception of the “I” grade, a diamond’s clarity only affects its value, not its appearance. As such, VVS and VS diamonds are excellent choices for value and appearance. It is generally not recommended to buy I1-I3 diamonds as their flaws are visible to the naked eye. The standard rating system for the clarity of certified diamonds is given below.

F Flawless – No internal or external flaws
IF Internally Flawless – No internal flaws but some surface flaws
VVS1, VVS2 Very Very Slightly Included – Minute inclusions that are very difficult to detect under 10x magnification
VS1, VS2 Very Slightly Included – Minute inclusions seen with difficulty under 10x magnification
SI1, SI2 Slightly Included – Minute Inclusions more easily detected under 10x magnification
I1, I2, I3 Included – Inclusions visible under 10x magnification and even to the human eye

Colour – The presence of colour in a diamond affects its brilliance. Ratings of D-J are considered to be of excellent quality as they are colourless to the naked eye unless compared to a diamond of a higher colour grade. Generally, colourless diamonds (D-J) are best complemented when set in white gold or platinum while tinted diamonds (K-X) should be set in yellow gold for best effect.

Despite the importance of the diamond as the centerpiece of a wedding ring, the setting and design of the ring also plays an invaluable role. Take the time to look around for a suitable setting for your wedding ring and talk to respected jewelers for their advice on the right combination. Hopefully, at the end of the day, you’ll have a wedding ring that will melt your future bride’s heart.

 

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