On a bent knee, they slowly open the box to reveal one perfect ring chosen from a hundred engagement rings. They search for the confirmation in their expression. How do we find that perfect ring? Perfection is relative, but this guide should help you on your journey to selecting the perfect engagement ring for your true love.
The types of stones, cut, settings and metals are numerous. You will need to do a little research to discover the ring they have been daydreaming about. You can ask friends and relatives for guidance, if you believe they can keep it clandestine. Observing behaviors and small cues about the way they wear their jewelry can help narrow things down.
Notice whether they wear a lot of jewelry or if they are a minimalist in that department. If they do wear jewelry, make a mental note about whether they are flaunting yellow gold, white gold, silver or another metal. Take notice of the size and color of the stones they choose to wear. Not every bride wants a diamond; however, a diamond is the most common stone when it comes to engagement rings. When shopping diamond engagement rings, consider 4 C’s.
Cut of Engagement Rings
The most important characteristic of diamond engagement rings is the cut of the stone. The cut of the stone determines how light enters and exits the stone. Each facet plays with the light to create brilliance, fire and scintillation.
These three characteristics define the cut of engagement rings. White light hits the facets and creates a contrast between white light and shadows. If more contrast exists, the brilliance is greater. Brilliance is a desirable characteristic, which determines the quality of the cut. The fire of the diamond is noticed when playing with the stone beneath a light to observe the scattered white light and the prism it creates. Light should pass through the crown after striking each pavilion, creating the fire. A shallow cut will produce a low angle exit of light through the bottom of the diamond, making it appear dull and darker. Diamonds sparkle. Scintillation is the flash of light or sparkle produced when light travels through a transparent object. An ideal diamond has symmetry of 58 facets.
The color of diamond engagement rings can vary from icy white colorless to light yellow. Colorless diamond engagement rings are rare, desirable and expensive. Yellow is the most common, and the least expensive. When selecting a diamond, it is important to consider the type of metal it will be partnered with.
While the metal used for engagement rings is mostly about preference, it is important to match the stone with the metal. If we choose platinum or silver bands, the diamond must be near colorless due to the bright appearance of the metal. Yellow gold is visually appealing, and compliments tinted diamonds that would not be compatible with silver and platinum bands. Almost anything goes with color and rose gold. Rubies, pink sapphires, garnet, and anything with a pink hue create eye-catching beautiful engagement rings.
We want all things to be flawless. When it comes to diamond engagement rings, there is no exception. The Clarity of a diamond refers to tiny markings on the stone. A flawless diamond is rare, making it the most expensive.
The carat weight refers to the size of the ring. It is important to know whether your true love desires a bulky diamond or prefers a smaller stone. What is small and what is big are also relative. Size is often believed to be the most important characteristic of engagement rings. This fallacy sends us on a hunt for the largest diamond we can afford. However, all factors, the cut, color, clarity and carat weight must be given equal importance. For reference, each carat is divided into 100 points.
The perfect engagement ring is just the beginning of your happily ever after story. If you need help along your journey to finding the perfect engagement ring, the Crystal Ballroom's preferred vendors can help you find the perfect ring for the perfect proposal, while the Crystal Ballroom can help you plan everything else. The designers at Crystal Ballroom are the finest in the art of designing and creating fairy tale weddings. Contact Crystal Ballroom to speak to a professional designer!