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It can be both challenging and overwhelming to figure out which engagement ring will really wow your partner. You need to think about the metal type, setting, cut of the diamond and everything in between. If you don’t know the difference between a setting or a diamond cut, don’t worry. We’ll break it down for you to make it easy. When deciding on the engagement ring you and your partner will love forever, here are some things to keep in mind to choose the best ring for both of you.
1. Consider Personality — Think about your personality. Are you laid back and minimalist and would prefer a ring that matches your cool as a cucumber personality? Are you bold and energetic and need a flashy ring that matches your loud and proud demeanor? Perhaps you’re a chameleon of sorts, and you need a ring that will match you no matter how you change and grow over the years to come.
2. Think About Style — What’s your fashion style like? Do you not really put a lot of thought into what you’re going to wear every day, so you’d rather have a simple, solitaire no frills kind of ring? Are you a hardcore fashionista who follows all the blogs and trends and wants a ring that’s in vogue? Then do some research or ask a jewelry expert for advice on what ring styles are hot right now. If you want a ring that reflects your unique look, consider getting a custom engagement ring and working with a jeweler to craft your dream ring.
3. The 4Cs of Diamonds — According to the Gemological Institute of America, the 4Cs of diamonds are carat weight, color grade, clarity grade and cut grade. This standard helped create a globally accepted way to determine the quality of any diamond around the world. Weight refers to the size or weight of the diamond. The color grade refers to the color or absence of color in the diamond, with the most high-quality diamonds being virtually absent of color. Diamond cut refers to how the diamond is shaped into different cuts like a pear or round shape. A diamond’s clarity can range from included with obvious inclusions to flawless, although a purely flawless diamond is exceedingly rare.
4. Lifestyle and Daily Routine — Depending on your everyday routine, you’ll want a ring that matches your lifestyle. If you’re constantly on the go, you want a sturdy ring that won’t fall off or won’t make you nervous if it accidentally scratches the furniture. If you have a career that requires frequent use of your hands or you enjoy being an outdoor adventurer, a bezel set ring or any other setting that actively secures and protects the diamond or center stone is best.
5. Metal Type and Setting — According to the Engagement Ring Bible, 56 percent of brides already know what kind of ring setting they want, and another 23 percent have a particular center stone in mind as well. Chances are you may be one of those people who knows they want a princess cut setting with four prongs. If you don’t know what type of setting you want, an experienced jeweler can help you pick your best setting, depending on the center stone cut and your style. You’ll also have to figure out your metal type, such as the perennial shiny white gold or the fashionable rose gold option. One way to make your ring shine bright like a diamond is to have a setting surrounded by diamonds, like the pavé ring.
6. Cut of the Diamond — You’ll also have to consider the cut of the diamond. Do you want the ultimate round, brilliant cut diamond, one of the most popular options? Maybe you want a diamond that looks exquisitely plush like the cushion cut diamond. If you want a cut that is sure to get a couple of enviable glances, opt for the marquise or football cut diamond.
Whether you’re looking for stunning pavé engagement rings that will turn heads or more understated men’s wedding bands for quiet luxury, Verragio’s jewelry experts are there to help guide you through your forever purchase. Make an appointment in person at your local Verragio boutique or request a virtual appointment today to find an engagement ring that you’ll love from the moment you say, “I do!”