From diamond quality, to metal properties, to design considerations, there's a mountain of information to take in when choosing an engagement ring. How do you know you've covered your bases? Here are 5 questions to ask, for peace of mind.
1. Can it be worn with a parallel wedding ring?
Although you may be focussed on the proposal, consider the wedding ring when choosing an engagement ring design. If parts of the engagement ring protrude out low on the side, you'll be limited with options for a matching wedding ring down the track. Ask whether it will work well with a straight parallel wedding band.
2. Is it handmade or cast?
There are two main methods of creating engagement rings. In short, 'cast' rings are made from moulds, while 'handmade' rings are made from traditional robust techniques. Asking how your ring will be made will help you better understand your piece.
3. Will it need rhodium plating?
If you're interested in a white gold engagement ring, ask about the type of gold that will be used to create the ring. Some types of white gold require frequent rhodium plating to keep them looking good. Other types will still look great without rhodium plating. Get an idea of how much maintenance your ring will need.
4. Is the diamond certified?
If you're thinking of including a diamond in your engagement ring design, ask whether it is certified, and if so, by who. Certification by a reputable agency, such as GIA, will give you peace of mind about the quality of your diamond.
5. Will the style date?
If you have a particular style in mind, ask your jeweller for advice on whether it will date. While some 'on trend' designs are stunning, the style may not be quite as in fashion later in your marriage. Your jeweller can help you to bring the design elements you like into a timeless classic piece.
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