Every girl dreams about her wedding day, picturing it as the most breathtakingly beautiful day in the world. It goes without saying that, when this day arrives, you must have someone at your side who understands you and what you have in mind. When it comes to choosing your engagement ring, the same applies. It is important that you, the bride-to-be, must be happy with your ring. A general guideline is that the groom spends approximately one month’s salary on the ring. Choosing a ring is not merely a formality: choosing your ring is significant because it is a symbol of you and your fiancé’s exclusive and special relationship, a reminder to you and other people of what you mean to each other.
Be sure to choose a jeweller who is creative, but who does not try to force his
or her taste on you. A jeweller should establish a personal relationship with a couple and make an effort to get to know the bride as a person so as to make sure that when she chooses a ring it not only ts her hand but, most importantly, also re ects her personality. Some of the other aspects to be taken into account are the bride’s lifestyle, her preference as to the size of the ring, and the amount the groom is prepared or able to spend.
If the couple decide on a diamond ring, the style of the ring and the cut, colour and size of the diamond should suit the bride. In the industry people refer to the Four C’s of diamonds.
The cut of the diamond must go with the design of the ring, the personality of the bride and her hand. The cut determines how the diamond will re ect light and, therefore, how brilliant it will appear to the eye. How the diamond will look on the bride’s nger is in uenced by the shape of the stone; for instance, an oval shaped ring is ideal to make short ngers appear more slender.
The colour of a diamond is graded on a scale of D through to Z. The closer the grading is to D, the less colour the diamond exhibits, and the closer it is to Z, the more intense its yellow hue is. Diamonds are also available in a variety of other colours, such as yellow or black. Of importance is that the colour of the diamond matches the skin colour of the bride well.
Clarity is an indication of a diamond’s purity, and this is graded on a scale of IF (internationally faultless) to I3 (imperfect).
The weight of a diamond is measured in carat (ct). One carat equals 200 mg. Therefore, the size and weight of a diamond is expressed as carat.
A last word …
A large variety of ring designs, precious metals and precious stones is available. When you make your choice, be sure to choose the perfect ring to celebrate this major step in your relationship. Above all, enjoy every minute of the process!
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