So you’ve found the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with. You’ve asked her parents for her hand in marriage. Now the only thing that’s left to do is get down on one knee and pop the question—but wait! What about the ring?
Perhaps the hardest part about proposing is picking the perfect engagement ring. There’s a lot of pressure on this purchase because it basically symbolises the beginning of a new and exciting journey. Like finding ‘the one’, buying the perfect ring can also be overwhelming, what with all the choices and technical terms you need to understand.
But fret not. Here, we offer a guide to help you pick the ring for the one.
When jewellery shopping, take note that there’s more to a ring than the gemstone it features. You also need to pay attention to its other components, such as the band and setting.
This is basically the body of the ring. There are a number of choices available, but the most common are:
This refers to how the gemstone is secured or placed on the band. Popular settings include:
The obvious choice is, of course, a diamond. Take note though, that diamonds aren’t created equal. So if you want to give your lovely lady the best friend she deserves, you’ll want to take into account the four Cs: cut, clarity, colour, and carat weight. These elements determine the quality, beauty and value of a diamond.
While it’s common to give a dazzling, diamond ring when proposing, you can always break the mould and choose other types for your special someone, such as:
Also known as the “Queen of Gems,” opal makes for a great engagement ring as it symbolises loyalty and fidelity. The most valuable and rarest of opals is the black opal, which can be found in the Lightning Ridge area in New South Wales. This Australian opal features a kaleidoscope of brilliant colours that shine against a dark, mysterious backdrop.
For women with a refined and eclectic taste, pearl jewellery is the perfect fit. Pearl engagement rings are not as common, but they still make for an ideal engagement ring as they are timeless and symbolise faith and harmony.
Buying an engagement ring may be a daunting task. But all the planning, researching and confusion will definitely be worth it once you get the sweetest “Yes!” you’ll ever hear in your life.