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Posted: Tue 4:01, 15 May 2012
Post subject: often defects are not visible to the naked eye
How does a man pick the perfect engagement ring for his future wife? When it comes to engagement ring shopping there are a few tips every guy needs to know. Find out her ring finger size: You can try taking a ring of hers and slipping it on your own finger and take a note on where it stops on your finger. Or if you don mind involving a friend or family member they can always get the ring size for you. Ask others for help: Asking her best friend or family member may help your search for that perfect engagement ring go much smoother. While someone else opinion may help, you may risk blowing the surprise of the proposal. Know her style: Does she like contemporary designs or more traditional? Is her jewelry flashy or more understated? Does she usually wear silver-colored jewelry or pieces made of yellow gold? Pay attention to subtle hints she may drop. This will make choosing the perfect ring easier! Don forget to ask your jeweler questions. After all,
, that what we are here for! Finally don stress, after all youe found the perfect girl?the hardest part is done!
Spy on Her Taste The trend these days is for couples to ring-shop together, but if youe more of a traditionalist and looking to surprise her with a ring shel love, be sure to do some reconnaissance. You can ask her best friend or sibling for help -- and swear them to secrecy. But if youe set on not telling anyone, pay attention to the jewelry she wears. Is she more of a platinum/silver girl than a yellow-gold one? Does she gravitate to vintage jewels as opposed to simple, classic pieces? Watch her for a couple of weeks and take mental notes to size up her style.
Consider the Metal When it comes to the band, you've got a variety of metals to choose from. One popular choice is platinum -- it's extremely durable and especially pure,
, making it a great hypoallergenic choice for brides and grooms with sensitive skin. There's also gold, which comes in a variety colors, including white, yellow, rose,
, and even green. Beyond platinum and gold, you might also consider palladium (which has a grayer hue than platinum) or even a recycled metal band, which might include a mixture of platinum and gold. Think of it as a "something old" and "something new" all rolled into one. Buy Loose Diamonds Unless youe buying an estate ring, chances are, youl be looking at loose (stones
diamonds} as opposed to stones in a setting. (The ones you see in the jeweler case are often just samples to give you an idea of the finished product.) The stone accounts for the vast majority of a ring cost, so wouldn you want to get the most gorgeous one imaginable (or at least in your budget)? Be sure to inspect the stone with a loupe (a handheld magnifier that most jewelers have). A good jeweler will be able to guide you and tell you what to look for. Work Your Budget Well Throw out that old two-months salary myth; You should buy the best ring you can without going into major debt. If she a size queen and your budget isn super-sized, go for a ring with a slightly larger table, or surface, area. You won get as much sparkle, but a one-carat ring will look much larger if the stone isn as deep. Don want to sacrifice the look of your stone? Buying just shy of the next carat (1.8 instead of 2) can equal a savings of nearly 20 percent. And when it comes to clarity, buying shy gives you the most wiggle room without affecting sparkle (often defects are not visible to the naked eye). Shop Safe Always start your jeweler search with recommendations from friends and family. No leads? Check for industry organization affiliation. Stores accredited by the Jewelers of America or members of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) are good starting places. Often large, renowned chains are reliable and offer sales. And always find out what a store return policy is. You want to be able to at least exchange the stone if it not the one she wants. Give Yourself at Least Six Weeks Remember that once ordered, a ring can take up to six weeks to arrive, potentially longer if you're having it custom designed.
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