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Choosing an engagement ring can be daunting at first, but it’s all about how you approach the process. Depending on your relationship with your significant other, you’ll need to decide if you prefer to present a ring to her after shopping alone, or if selecting a ring should be a collaborative process. By surprising the one you love, you’re sure to make romantic memories to last a lifetime. She’ll be delighted to see how much time you spent researching the perfect ring, and nothing says marriage like a stunning diamond.

Surprises aren’t for everyone, however. Many couples decide to shop for an engagement ring as a

pair. This can be beneficial as it allows the bride-to-be to select the perfect ring, with limited guesswork by her partner. Shopping together can also

help couples stay within the right price range, and can be helpful if the ringwearer has varied taste in jewelry.

When shopping for a ring as a pair, sizing is a cinch. Conversely, it can be much harder when planning a surprise ring unveiling. You’ll have to do a little detective work to ensure the correct fit:

One idea is to take note of a few of her favorite rings, and check the sizes when she isn’t looking.

Look online for printable ring-sizing rulers to ensure the right fit. Try a few as they tend to vary.

Bring one of her rings to a jewelry store so they can use it as a model for creating the final ring.

Style is the most important aspect of selecting an engagement ring. The options

are endless, whether she’d love a classic diamond ring or a non-traditional emerald ring with diamond accents. Start dropping hints to get an idea of what she’d like, such as asking questions about her current jewelry collection or

commenting on rings owned by friends and family. You can also ask her friends for feedback on the rings you’re currently looking at. If you’re completely

uncertain, sometimes it’s best to go with simple and traditional, as the ring will be worn

for a lifetime.

Cut pertains to the proportions of a diamond, as opposed to its actual shape (pear,

marquise, etc.). Regardless of shape, diamonds must be cut to ensure maximum brilliancy. With the right cut, light can enter through the top of the stone, then reflect and disperse throughout the diamond’s facets. A stone that’s cut too shallow or

too deep will allow light to escape from the bottom of the stone, without showcasing its utmost beauty.

Most engagement ring buyers shop for clear or “white” stones; however, diamonds come in every color of the rainbow. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) rates the body color in white diamonds from D (“colorless”) to Z (“saturated,” which appears light yellow to

“I” level diamonds are near-colorless and are

the naked eye).

often a popular choice for engagement rings.

Clarity refers to any flaws or “blemishes� in a diamond when viewed under magnification. Jewelers rate each stone from FL (flawless) to I3 (heavily included). Flaws can be internal, such as clouds or pinpoints, or can extend to physical imperfections as well (pits and scratches). Imperfections can interfere with light passing through the diamond; however, completely flawless diamonds are extremely rare.

The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. •

One carat equals 0.20 grams.

As the weight of a diamond increases, so does the price.

Weight alone does not dictate price, however. The Four C’s work

together to determine the overall price of a diamond.

American Diamonds Jewelry offers exquisite fine jewelry, including custom designs and 100% guaranteed conflict-free loose diamonds at low everyday prices. At a m e r i c a n d i a m o n d s j e w e l r y . c o m , customers can search for diamonds by shape, size, price, or desired grading lab. To make an appointment at American Diamonds Jewelry’s New York City

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How To Choose An Engagement Ring  
How To Choose An Engagement Ring  

This presentation includes an overview on how to select the right engagement ring for your significant other, including tips for the perfect...