She’s the one. Now all you need to do is pop the question, right? But before you get down on one knee, you’ll need to find the perfect engagement ring. It’s not as simple as walking into the jewelry store and deciding which ring catches your fancy. Let’s take a look at four essentials you need to consider before you buy.

Stone Quality

Diamond quality is determined by the four C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Let’s take a closer look at each of these four characteristics.

●      Cut—Cut refers to the angles and proportions of the diamond. A quality cut causes the diamond to reflect light off its various facets, giving the stone its sparkle and brilliance.

●      Color—Diamonds range in color from completely colorless to light yellow. The more nearly colorless a diamond is, the more expensive it will be.

●      Clarity—The clarity of a diamond refers to how many inclusions, or imperfections, the stone has. The fewer inclusions, the more expensive the stone.

●      Carat weight—The weight of the stone also plays a significant role in its cost. You can compromise a little bit here, however, by sacrificing slightly on the quality in order to get a larger stone. Many diamond imperfections are not visible to the naked eye and will never be noticed by your special lady, while the size of the stone is something that will be judged by all her friends and family.

Diamond Shape

Diamonds can be cut in a wide variety of shapes, from traditional (round, oval, princess) to more unusual (pear or heart shapes). If possible, find out your lady’s preference before you buy, since shape is largely a matter of personal choice.

Setting

The setting of the diamond not only showcases its shape, but can also affect its brilliance. No matter what color band you choose, it’s often a good idea to choose a silver or platinum setting so as not to lend a yellow tinge to the diamond. You should also consider whether you want smaller diamonds or other gems to surround your primary stone.

Band Metal

The final consideration in your engagement ring choice is what metal the band will be. Gold, silver, platinum, and rose gold are the most popular metals used for engagement rings. Each one has benefits, but again, this is largely a matter of personal preference.

There’s no better feeling than seeing your special lady’s eyes light up when you pull that velvet box out of your pocket. Make sure she’ll never forget that feeling by choosing an exceptional engagement ring that will dazzle her family and friends.

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