How To Select The Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring

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How To Select The Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring


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How To Select The Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring

Outside of buying a house or a car, an engagement ring can be one of the biggest purchases in your life. For many of us entering a jewelry store or searching online for the ideal ring can be confusing and a little bit intimidating. To help you find the perfect engagement ring for your future wife, here are some vital facts and suggestions to prepare for this important purchase.

Set a Realistic Budget

The average amount spent in the USA on a ring in 2018 was $6324.00.

Research is Important

On average men spend up to 3 months researching engagement rings.

Hints can be helpful, but

61% of men consult with their girlfriend before buying the engagement ring.

Shape Matters Most?

Priorities for the brides

Preferred shape:

Followed by:

A Brief Lesson on the 4C's of Diamond Education

Cut: An ideal cut will maximize sparkle, brilliance and fire.

Color: The best color rankings are D, E, and F.

Clarity: Diamonds with minor inclusions cost far less making VS2 and SI1 the most sought after.

Carat: Large carat weight does not always mean high value.

Diamond size (carat) isn't as important.

46% of solitaire rings have a center diamond of between 0.50 and 1.00 carats.

Settings(s) the tone

Solitaires, which feature a single center diamond, are still the most popular ring setting.

Metal helps set the style

73% of engagement rings are made from white gold.

What is her ring size?

Secretly borrow a ring that she currently wears and carefully measure the diameter.

Shopping online can reduce costs

Buying online can save you 20% or more.

Insurance provides peace of mind

The cost of insurance is typically between 1 and 2.7 percent of the item's appraised value.

Purchase your engagement ring

Make sure your jeweler provides a diamond grading report from either the American Gem Society (AGS) or the Gemological Society of America (GIA).

Propose with Confidence and Enjoy the Moment

71% or grooms ask the bride's father for permission to propose.

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