A man walks into a high end jeweller with his fiancé. After much deliberation they choose a ring. The jeweler studies them both from behind the counter then nods in the man’s direction and tilts his head towards his fiancé. “How much is she worth?” Without thinking for a second, the man replies, “Everything.” The jeweler looks down at the chosen ring. “Good. Because that’s how much it’s going to cost you.” Jokes aside, wedding rings are an investment. They invest in your marriage and in your relationship with your fiancé. Because they are such an investment and because every bride’s taste in jewelry is so unique, choosing a ring is a process that should not be rushed. It is a process that should be entered into with a delicate balance of knowledge and preparation, taking into account budgets, personal style, as well as the technical aspects of cut, clarity, colour and carat. This article will break down three things to keep in mind when choosing a ring with the aim of easing some of the pressure surrounding this little piece of rock real estate.
A small lesson in diamonds: cut, clarity, colour and carat
To break it down simply, ‘cut’ refers to the shape and setting of the diamond. In terms of cut, what you should be looking for is a cut that allows the most amount of light into the diamond as this will create the maximum amount of sparkle. The ‘clarity’ of a diamond relates to the internal purity of the stone. The highest level of clarity is labeled flawless and will not show up with imperfections even under magnification. The lowest level of clarity is when there are some imperfections visible on the surface when your eye is trained on the diamond without the use of a magnifier. Without getting too technical, the ‘colour’ of the diamond is how the diamond appears inside the actual body of the diamond and not what you see when on the surface. The colour of the diamond is another factor that will influence the depth and appearance of it. Lastly, ‘carat’ refers to the weight of the diamond. Larger and heavier diamonds will usually be worth more. It is important to note, however, that size does not always equal brilliance and sometimes it is better to opt for a smaller stone with an intense sparkle over a larger one that is not as bright.
Trends change but gut feelings usually don’t
When choosing a ring, you will likely be shown several ring designs and options. You may be tempted to go with a design you saw in a magazine or on a celebrity, but keep in mind that you will have this ring for life. Trends are in and out of the door faster than we can keep track of them, so consider going with a more classic style that will be less likely to date. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a ring you really dislike. So go with your gut and trust it to help guide you towards the right decision.
Rings have styles, but fingers do, too
What some people fail to consider is that rings should be chosen in accordance with the finger they will be worn on. As a general rule, short, slender fingers will usually suit a finer, more delicate ring, with a narrow band to elongate the fingers, while taller and slightly wider fingers will tend to suit a larger and wider ring, perhaps even one with a large central stone and smaller stones around it. Whichever style you do choose, try it on your ring finger and see which one works the best.
So, you’re going wedding ring shopping, and now that you’ve read this abridged guide you’re all sorted, right? Wrong, because there is a lot more to learn on the topic. Keep the above in mind, but do a little research before you head out so you’ll come prepared. Knowledge is power, after all. Make sure to ask the jeweler about the cut, clarity, colour and carat of the rings you look at, and pretend you know what you’re talking about by holding the stones up to the light and shaking your head in that all knowing French aristocrat way. Keep in mind that sometimes it is better in the long run to choose classic styles over trendy ones and realize that you are choosing a ring to match your individual finger. Choose carefully and when the process is over, simply look adoringly up at your fiancé and say in the sweetest way imaginable, “You don’t mind paying for this, do you, darling?”
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