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Purchasing The Perfect Engagement Ring

When it comes to ‘popping the question’, most men have more to worry about than the answer. To sweep her off
her feet, it is important to be advised on the various technicalities in order to make your decision easier when
purchasing the engagement ring.
 
Firstly, you need to involve your partner. While it is romantic to surprise her, her taste may differ to yours. It is
advisable to choose or design the ring together, but this is not always necessary. “If you do want to surprise her,
speak to your jeweller about purchasing a basic solitaire ring. You could always return with your fiancé
to redesign her dream ring,” advises Jeremy Pinn, of Pinns Jewellers.

Budget

Always decide on your budget before making any other decisions. Setting a budget makes it easier for both you
and the jeweller. “If you’re not happy with what that particular jeweller has to offer, there are plenty more options
out there, and you could also have a look online,” says Jeremy.

What you C is what you get

Find out more about diamonds by speaking to a certified gemmologist, or search online. In doing so you will find
out exactly what determines the cost or value of the diamonds. More specifically ‘The Four C’s’: carat, clarity,
colour and cut.

Carat is the unit of weight for the diamond. The value per carat increases with carat size, because larger rough diamonds occur less frequently. In other words, two half-carat diamonds taken together will not cost as much as one one-carat diamond, as one-carat stones are much rarer.
Clarity refers to the clearness or purity of a diamond. This could be determined by the number, size, nature, and location of the internal (inclusions) and external (blemishes) imperfections.
Colour describes the amount of colour the diamond contains. The colour of the diamond may range from colourless to yellow. Colours can also range from intense yellow to brown, blue, green, pink and even red. These fancy colours are rare and therefore much more valuable.
Cut refers to the proportions, finish, symmetry and polish of the diamond. These factors determine the fire and brilliance of a diamond.
“In my book there is a fifth ‘C’ – the certification of the diamond,” says Jeremy. He advises that one never, ever purchase a diamond that hasn’t been certified.

Keeping these tips in mind will enable you to purchase the perfect engagement ring that will take her breath away
(and hopefully seal the deal!)