Engagement Ring Buying Guide
ENGAGEMENT RING BUYING GUIDE
Picking out an engagement ring is one of the most important decisions a couple can make, to the point where it can feel very overwhelming when presented with a vast amount of choices. Whether choosing with your partner or hoping to surprise them, our guide will help you understand all of the engagement ring terms, the latest styles, and top bridal designers.
DEFINING YOUR BUDGET
The first step when buying a ring is figuring out how much you are willing to spend. This will help you set boundaries for your budget when looking at different options. Chose something that makes sense for your loved one’s lifestyle and your price bracket. Remember that diamonds are often sold separately from the settings, so make sure you have budgeted accordingly.
HANDPICKING YOUR DIAMOND CENTER STONE
Pay close attention to the four c’s of diamond buying—cut, clarity, color, and carat. The cut is the shape of the diamond, which can affect how well it refracts lights. Clarity is for how clear the diamond is. Tiny imperfections can greatly impact the value of a diamond. Stones graded at VS1 or VS2 have no discernable defects to the naked eye. Color is graded by the absence of color within the diamond. Diamonds with a D, E, or F are the most popular as they are nearly colorless. Carat is the weight of the diamond, with the U.S. average being 1.08 or 1.2 carats.
HOW TO CHOOSE A STONE SHAPE
The cut of the stone contributes to the engagement ring’s overall aesthetic. The brilliant round cut is one of the most favored shapes because of its radiance and timeless style. For a vintage option, the marquise cut, pear shape, and oval cut are ideal. A marquise diamond is similar to the oval cut, except that it has a point on each end. Pear shaped diamonds are rounded at the bottom before coming to a point. The oval cut is an elongated circle. The square princess cut and the rectangular emerald cut work well in both classic and modern settings.
HOW TO CHOOSE A RING SETTING
If you are selecting an engagement ring without your bride-to-be, think about what kind of jewelry she already wears. Is it more cool-toned, with silver and platinum, or does she favor the warmth of yellow and rose gold? A sleek band with a solitaire ring is a popular choice because it pairs well with many different styles, but for those who wish for something more unique, bridal designers like Gabriel & Co. are a good option to consider.
WHERE TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING
Serving the Central Massachusetts region for over a century, Hannoush Jewelers is Marlborough’s premier jeweler for bridal jewelry. Our commitment to our clients and high standards for designer brands are just some reasons why couples chose us to help them find their dream engagement rings and wedding bands on their journey to the altar. We offer luxury bridal brands like CrownRing, Gabriel & Co., and Verragio, as well as jewelry repair to ensure your beloved piece stays in pristine condition. Call us at (508) 624-9994 for more information on our products and services.