Advice on What to Focus on While Looking for an Engagement Ring

By: NBR, Inc.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A few things to focus on while looking for an Engagement Ring

"The tradition of giving a diamond ring for an engagement dates back to 1477, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented one to his intended, Mary of Burgundy. The unique strength of the diamond, one of the hardest substances in nature, symbolized enduring love, and according to one superstition, the diamond was believed to act as a charm that enchanted a man's love for his wife." Living Romantically Every Day, Barbara Taylor Bradford



Online shopping has brought us more choice and more importantly an incredible amount of information to help us make the buying decision more informed.

We are more knowledgeable now, yet does it make the buying process less puzzling?

A young man finally deciding to propose to his lovely fiancee is obsessed with finding that perfect engagement ring. He eagerly dives in the sea of information on internet on 'How to find the perfect engagement ring...' By the time he is ready to make his purchase, he is 'an expert', spending a very significant amount of time getting educated, looking through a significantly broader selection for the perfect diamond - he learns everything about '4Cs' of the diamond and weights multiple pros and cons to make the right decision, and ... now he is even more confused when he needs to make a real decision.

Buying the engagement ring for a sweetheart is a stressful endeavor. What is going through the guy's mind while he is making the engagement ring purchasing decision? Two things usually come to mind:' Am I going to pay too much?' And 'Will the seller lie to me about how much a diamond is worth?' While these are helpful questions, one should focus on slightly different things.

A few things to focus on while looking for an Engagement Ring:

1. Everybody is talking about the diamond 4Cs, yet the most important') />
a) Remember that there is a very slight difference in a color between D,E or F colors, F and G look almost the same for the untrained eye, and H and I colors are still white diamonds, yet much less expensive.

b) Do not overpay for the diamond looking only for one with 'Excellent' characteristics for Polish and Symmetry. It is ok to have Polish and Symmetry with 'Very Good' or even 'Good' values.

c) It is better to pay attention to Depth and Table characteristics of the diamond because they affect the brilliance of the stone. Less perfect stones cost less, yet they are not desirable.

d) Do not always look only for VS+ clarity diamonds, pay attention to inclusions in the diamonds: some SI1 clarity diamonds have very small and insignificant imperfections, but cost much less that VS clarity diamond.

2. While looking for quality and longevity find something to fall in love with the engagement ring.

3. Take into consideration the lifestyle of your fiancee and how the ring will look on her.

4. Always remember the emotional attachment behind the engagement ring-it is a symbol of eternal love.



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