Archive for May, 2010
For most people an engagement is a very special occasion, and hopefully a once in a lifetime one. This is what makes the engagement ring such as special item of jewellery. It is not a piece of jewellery that most people give lightly, it has real meaning and sentiment behind it, and it is something that will hopefully be worn and treasured forever by the recipient.
The timeless elegance and romantic aura of the diamond has made it a hugely popular choice of engagement rings for many years. Diamond engagement rings have become the most popular choice by far amongst loving couples that have decided to tie the knot. The beauty, sparkle, and richness of diamonds make them perfect for these rings, and their hardwearing quality means that they will stand the test of time.
Some of the things to consider when buying a diamond engagement ring
An engagement ring is an important item of jewellery, so you need to make sure that you make the right choice. However, you also need to consider your finances, including the fact that you may have to put money towards the forthcoming wedding and honeymoon. Some of the things to consider when buying a diamond engagement ring include:
* The cost: You should take the time to work out how much you can afford to spend on the ring so that you can look at rings that are within your budget. Whilst you may have heard things about how you should expect to spend at least one or two months’ salary on the ring this is unrealistic, especially in the current climate. Instead, you should focus on how much you can personally afford to spend, taking into account other costs involved in the engagement and wedding.
* The diamond: The overall quality of the diamond that you choose will depend on your budget for the ring. However, it is well worth familiarising yourself with the Four Cs of diamond quality so that you have more of an idea of what to look for – especially if you do have a reasonable budget and are looking for higher than average quality.
* The metal: You also need to consider which precious metal you want for the engagement ring. Diamonds are gems that look stunning in all precious metals, so you have an excellent choice including the main precious metals which are gold, sterling silver, white gold, and platinum.