Top tips for choosing an engagement ring

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We live in a plentiful time today. Never before has a buyer had so much freedom in terms of taste and choice. The abundance of options has predictably produced favorable results for us buyers in all quarters. In engagement rings too, this freedom of personal style and choice prevails. Rules no more apply to genres and categories. Today, any ring can work as an engagement ring. There are no set rules for what an engagement ring should look like or what amount of money should it be worth. Diamond, colored stone, halo, asymmetrical, it can be anything you like, or more appropriately, your significant other likes.

But with all the variables and options that come into play, buying an engagement ring is still an overwhelming task.  So, to help you cut through the endless line of choices, here are some tips. These will help you land a major eye candy ring at minimum hassles. So, let’s begin.

Keep an Open Mind

It’s best to go with an open mind when it comes to buying an engagement ring. Keep your mind free of the clutter, but that is not to say that you want to be clueless on purpose. Like choosing your trousseau, time should be on your side when buying an engagement ring. Don’t rush to a decision. When you shop with no particular style in mind, there is so much room for surprises and good ones at that. You may very well end up picking something wholly different from the kind of ring you thought you’d go for. Also, try on every shape of stone you can find in the GS Diamonds gallery to see which ones work best for you. At the end, go by your gut. Never try to make yourself believe that you like something when your intuition is telling you otherwise. Pay attention to what your instincts say because that’s always the best choice for you.

Shape is primary, setting is second

Shape is what gives a ring its aesthetics and its character. So, shape always has precedence over other details like settings. Settings are important, but it is the shape that holds sway over how a ring looks in your hand. It dictates the geometry of the ring, and its compatibility with your hand. It is shape that can make pudgy fingers look long and reedy fingers look shapely. So, pay attention to the shape, first. Setting is second, but nevertheless important. It determines the compatibility of a ring to your lifestyle. Once you have decided with the shape, picking a setting becomes all the easier.

No pressure for the perfect gem

There is a tremendous amount of pressure on the buyers, when it comes to the choice of gemstones. But here is a thing, do not feel burdened by the silent pile-up of expectations. The stone, even for an engagement ring, does not have to be pluperfect. You can go as high on the clarity or as low on the carat as you like. There is also the matter of budget which all practical buyers like to stay loyal to and everybody must also. But what are the ideal specs of a gemstone that is charismatic enough to sit on an engagement ring? That ring changes for every person, but to give you a rough idea, your focus must be on color and carat. If you make adjustments on one, it easily makes way for saving on the other. So, suppose you want a fairly big diamond, but you are not especially hung up on the perfect color. So you can go a little down in color so that with the money you saved you can afford a bigger stone. For a reasonable amount, you can find a diamond weighing 2 carats in the slightly lower color grades. So, depending on your taste, prioritize these two Cs.

Play it by ear, or more appropriately, eye

Let your eyes decide on the clarity. The higher in the scale you go, the clearer the diamonds get, but also the pricier. There are many spectacular stones to be found at lower clarity grades too. They do not cost as much, but are fairly clear. If you pick from the middle grades, you can never see inclusions in the stones which make them fairly clear, but also reasonably inexpensive. As for the sparkle, clarity does not take a toll on that. So, you can be rest assured that by cutting on clarity, you will have only saved some money and not lost anything.

Throw the money rules out the window

The cost is the part that poses the biggest dilemma of all. There is no set rule for how much an engagement ring should ideally cost. There is such a saying that your three months’ salary is the ideal cost, but that’s really redundant. There is absolutely no rule that applies to how much you should pay for an engagement ring. The only figure that is advisable to spend on an engagement ring is the figure you are comfortable sparing at the given time.

Don’t fly solo when you have a partner

If yours is not a big surprise proposal, do not go through the trouble of shopping the ring on your own. If you are of the modern school of thought where two people plan it out together step by step, then include your partner in the process. That will help infinitely with narrowing down of the preferences. Building the ring together is twice as much as fun as doing it alone. Also, it’s best to clear out the design preferences as early in the process as possible for the designer to stay on track.

Now that you are wised up with the secrets and advices above, it’s time to go shopping. GS Diamonds is one of the stores to hit for exquisite diamond rings at affordable prices. Have fun building your own or just buy off-gallery, the ring of your dreams is yours. 

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