Just think about all those twinkly, sparkly diamond rings out there just begging for you to come look at them!
It’s enough to make you go ahhhh – then run and put your head under a pillow.
Oh, the pressure! All that bling to choose from. Solitaires, princess cuts, emerald cuts, heart-shaped, pear-shaped, not to mention yellow gold, white gold, platinum, titanium.
And then there’s antique diamond rings, vintage diamond rings, designer diamond rings . . .
Yes, it’s easy to see that choosing a diamond ring might be just a wee bit overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be, though. Really.
All you have to do is raise your diamond IQ. The first thing you always want to know about and remember are the 4Cs of diamonds: color, cut, clarity, carat. When it comes to buying diamonds, these are the most important things to keep in mind. Color and clarity are your main concerns because they are what determine the quality and cost of a good diamond ring.
So be sure you have some understanding of the 4Cs before you go shopping – and make sure any jeweler you want to do business with has not just a C+ but an A+ in the 4Cs of diamonds. A good place to start reading is here: http://beyond4cs.com
Then you want to narrow down the playing field, so to speak. And this is a matter of personal taste – and budget constraints. Your personal taste may say a 4 carat pink diamond ring with a diamond encrusted band. Your budget, on the other hand, is shaking its finger at you, saying “NONONONONONONO!!!!”
And of course, you’ll have to listen to your budget. But that’s okay. Because you can find diamond rings to fit any budget – even one you almost need a magnifying glass to find.
So relax. Yes, traditionally the man just went out and bought an engagement ring and brought it back and said here you go. It doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
You don’t have to be in the hunt for a diamond ring on your own. Go look at diamond rings together. But make sure you talk it over first. It’s good practice for the future.