Your Guide to the Perfect Wedding Ring
Getting married is one of the biggest events in a person’s life, perhaps the biggest there is. It’s a testament to the bond you forged with your other half, and it’s the beginning of your journey together.
The event of a lifetime requires the wedding band of a lifetime- an eternity band for brides and grooms.
In this guide to wedding rings, we will walk you through the world of wedding rings and all the little hidden details of special significance. Here are some useful questions to ask yourself before the wedding date.
How to Choose a Wedding Ring
1. What am I looking for? (narrowing down your choices)
Deciding what it is you’re looking for doesn’t mean you have to be a diamond expert in any way, but there are a few details that you need to know about wedding rings before you shop for one. This is about visual preference and what catches your eye, which brings us to what needs to be done: Research, research, research!
In this wedding ring buying guide, we will explore what different engagement and wedding rings can look like and give you a very good idea of what’s out there in terms of choice. You might have already found a certain piece appealing but still have no idea what size you want your diamond to be, the color you prefer or even the types of metals for the wedding band you would want to see on your significant other’s finger.
This guide is designed to help you in choosing a wedding ring. It will assist you in figuring out the size, color, cost, carat and every little detail that you weren’t even aware was an option. This is a huge time saver.
Take your time with this, and decide at your own pace what it is you want. Write down your preferences, and revisit them later, put them in order in terms of appeal or ask your significant other for some extra input.
With that in mind, let’s get started.
2. What should I know before getting a diamond ring?
Diamonds hold a special place among precious stones. Its value and meaning make it a perfect symbol for strong relationships and serious commitment.
The special significance of a diamond is what made it the traditional wedding ring stone. Its value depends entirely on its quality, which in itself can be judged through various aspects and little details. Before buying a diamond, here are some things you should know.
- The better the quality of the diamond, the more it costs. The fewer the flaws in the stone, the higher the price. Diamonds are a purchase that lasts a lifetime making the investment worth the costs.
- There are other stones like Cubic Zirconia which have a similar look to diamonds. So similar in fact, that only a trained expert can spot the difference. The stone appears similar to diamonds in almost every way but costs a lot less. Over time, however, it will lose its “Diamond sparkle” and will look like a normal ring. So if you want a temporary diamond look you can go for a stone like Cubic Zirconia.
- With the Internet, you’re no longer bound to local retailers. Not only do you have access to wider international collections, but you can also find better prices that are competitive to suit your wedding budget.
- Find your favorite shape. With so many different types of wedding rings and styles, you are bound to find styles you would love to wear forever. People are more familiar with the round shape of a diamond but there are more styles that might fit your ring finger better.
Carat is the way the weight of a diamond is measured. It has a huge impact on the stone’s price and value. 1 carat equals 0.2 grams, 1 gram equals 5 carats and so on. Purchasing two diamonds of 1 carat each is not equal to a single 2-carat diamond. It might seem unfair but as diamond weight increases, its value and rarity increase too. In other words, a 1-carat diamond can be easily found but a 2-carat diamond can be a bit rarer which also means buying 5 diamonds of 1 carat each will be much cheaper than buying a 5-carat diamond. In short, the more carats a diamond has the more valuable and rare it is.
- When it comes to making a decision here, it would be ideal to consider the budget you have at your disposal. One thing must be kept in mind: This is a lifetime love item, so when you choose a ring need to make sure you get the best quality and value for your budget.
A diamond’s clarity is also a very important factor in both its value and quality. The amount of inclusion in a diamond signifies the visibility and extent of its flaws. This impacts the sparkle of a diamond, and the higher the amount of inclusion in a diamond, the less sparkle it displays. Flawless diamonds are the most expensive and but the price drops depending on the number of inclusions that impact its clarity.
- The color of the diamond also plays a role in its value, quality and rarity also. Colorless diamonds are more expensive than colored ones and they appear to have more of a visible sparkle. Colorless and near colorless are the more expensive stones in the clear/white diamond range.
- Diamonds come in many colors and the value depends on how rare that particular color is. Some of the more common colors are blue, green, orange, pink and yellow. One of the rarer colors would be red, however its uncommon nature makes it very expensive.
- We mentioned diamond cuts early on. It’s a term that you might hear a lot when it comes to jewelry and precious stones. This is also another factor that affects the stone’s value and sparkle. Here are a few examples of diamond cuts that we will explain in depth later on in this article.
- The diamond industry is large and there are many links in the supply chain before the stone ends up in the consumer’s hands. Sometimes an unclear chain might have a large impact on certain lives or be related to inhumane or exploitative practices that go against international law. Before you purchase a diamond, you need to make sure that the source of the diamond you are purchasing provides it through ethical and responsible practices. You’ll often see phrases such as “Conflict-free diamonds” or “Ethically sourced” when shopping for your precious stone ring. This ensures that the money you are paying is not financing international conflicts or rogue militias across the world. The impact we have on the world might be small, but by ensuring that your diamond is responsibly sourced, you might just keep atrocities from happening.
3. Set a budget
It’s possible to find a ring for your wedding ring budget as long as you do your research and shop around. The best way to approach this is to buy what it is that you can afford, keeping in mind that the quality of the gem rises alongside the price you’re willing to put on it.
The price of Diamond rings depends on the factors we mentioned previously such as the carat, color, rarity, metal, cut, etc. For example, you can choose a cheaper metal, common color, low carat, and a fine cut, you pay less but you still get a diamond ring. Some people want to invest in their diamonds and they choose the best that they can get despite the price. While this is a valid plan as long as they can afford it, it’s important not to pressure yourself and to get what you can comfortably afford.
4. Choosing the ring: The how and why
Choose your diamond: (The 4 C’s)
The 4 C’s were created by the Gemological Institute of America as a compact way for people to avoid making a bad purchase. Not everyone is a professional or gem expert, and knowing the 4 C’s might help you make a more informed and confident decision. It can be a bit difficult to judge the quality of a diamond, or whether the purchase is worth the price just by looking at it. The untrained eye generally cannot tell the difference between a fair deal and a scam. Even professionals resort to microscopes and various other methods to identify the clarity of a diamond and the number of blemishes or flaws it might contain. As such, these 4 points are a must-know if you’re thinking about buying a diamond. Learn more about diamonds.
Cut refers to the quality of a diamond’s cut, specifically its proportions and symmetry. Learn all about the most popular cuts available.
See our Diamond Cuts Guide.
There are numerous types of diamond cuts and shapes, all with their own unique style and unquestionable appeal. When we refer to the shape of a diamond, mean the physical shape such as round.
Learn more about Diamond Shapes.
Pick a metal for the band
The metal for the band is a completely personal choice matter. While most people tend to go for Gold in one of its three most popular shades: yellow gold, rose gold or white gold- there are more metal options for wedding bands that might interest you, or even help you save on your purchase.
More importantly, however, the metal choice should be a personal touch. For an engagement ring, rose gold is a highly recommended choice as it holds a certain elegance to it, as well as complementing almost every skin tone there is.
Choose the setting
The setting is the way that your diamond, or diamonds, are set on the metal band. There are various styles of ring setting, a purely visual choice once the diamond and metal have been chosen. Here are three of the most prominent ring settings.