How to Choose a Wedding Ring
Let’s face it – most women are hopeless romantics. So, when you pop the big question down on one knee, that perfect engagement ring might very well turn out to be the clincher.
Engagement and wedding rings are likely to be the most important pieces of jewellery you will ever buy the woman you love, and with all the sentiment attached to them, you will want to spare no expense or effort in finding just the perfect ones.
Finding the perfect ring is as much about understanding a lady’s personal sense of style and preference as it is about the stone, the setting and the metal. Understanding her likes and dislikes before you embark on your shopping trip is absolutely vital, especially when the ring is meant to be a surprise.
You might want to consider:
- Her preference for white gold, yellow gold or platinum engagement rings
- Her personal style and preferred setting – simple versus striking
- Her favourite gemstones
- Cost – the traditional rule of thumb is the equivalent of 2 months’ salary
The desirability of diamond jewellery has made diamond engagement rings the traditional choice of men wooing their women. The perfection and sparkle of diamonds is determined by the interplay of the 4 Cs – their colour, clarity, cut and carat weight.
Other gemstone rings have, however, lately begun to give the diamond a run for its money. The exquisite blue-purple Tanzanite is rapidly becoming among the most coveted gemstones in the world, and Tanzanite engagement rings are seen as increasingly desirable due to the stone’s uniqueness.
While the same considerations go into the choice of wedding rings, there isn’t the element of surprise that is often characteristic of engagement rings. Wedding rings may be chosen together, to match each other’s rings and to go with the engagement ring.