Even with today’s shifting of common gender roles, it is still the guy who will often buy an engagement ring and propose to the love of his life. Many men do not even know where to begin when it comes to shopping for a diamond ring, so here are some basic points that can help make the process easier and a lot less stressful.
Choose a Gemstone: The most commons stone used in engagement rings are diamonds. They have come to be a symbol of elegance, beauty, passion, and endurance – the things all couples want in their relationship. There are many things to consider when it comes to finding the best diamond for the ring, but it is easy to find guides and resources to help with the specifics of the 4 C’s of diamonds – clarity, color, cut, and carat.
Select a Shape: Diamonds can be cut in a number of different shapes, with rounds and ovals being the most common. Other popular cuts you can look for include princess, emerald, cushion, heart, and teardrop. This is really all about personal preference and what looks good. Some girls like simple and traditional shapes and others will enjoy the creative flare of a more intricate cut and shape. So this is a chance to get personal and very creative.
Precious Metal: Once you have your diamond in mind you need to think about the precious metal you will use for the ring. Most engagement rings are made of platinum, or one of the golds. Platinum and white gold continue to rank as the most popular. Both share a silver/white color that looks great with diamonds, but platinum is much stronger and much more expensive. Guys can get clues as to what their girls like by watching what they normally wear and casually asking them about the metals they like.
Choose a Style: Most girls have a set style or look that they prefer when it comes to jewelry. Some like a more modern look and feel with others leaning more towards a traditional flare with their rings. Also consider the diamond inserts. You can go with a large diamond as a solitaire setting or go with a style that includes smaller diamonds in a grouping. There is no one right look or style, a lot will depend on what your girl likes and prefers.
Consider Custom: If your relationship is very unique and you enjoy being creative or it is very important that you have a ring that is as unique and original as your relationship, then you need to look at creating a custom ring. Many jewelers will work with you to create a ring that is one of a kind. But remember custom rings can end up costing 2-3 times more than what a standard ring could cost.
With these simple tips in mind, you can start looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring. Stay within budget and find something she will love and cherish for years to come.