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April 11, 2018

4 Tips For Designing An Engagement Ring

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We don’t always get what we want in life, but you can if you design your own engagement ring. It’s fun, and it’s certainly a satisfying experience if you know what you’re doing. Here are some tips to get you started.

1.      Begin with the Centre

The primary stone is the main attraction. Once you choose that, it’s easier to design the ring and make the rest of the decisions.  Before you check the engagement rings in Sydney or in your local area, you should also have a basic understanding of the 4 Cs:
  •  Carat – This is the measurement of how heavy the diamond is.
  •  Cut – The cut gives the diamond its glisten and should be top of your priority list.
  •  Clarity – Most flaws are invisible to the naked eye, so you can go for a lower grade to stretch your budget.
  •  Colour – You don’t have to aim for perfection, it all depends on the budget.
2.      Choose a Setting

Once you’ve found the perfect central feature for your unique engagement ring, you need to think about what you are going to put it in. The two oldest and most popular settings with brides-to-be are three stone and solitaire, but there are plenty of other popular engagement ring settings to choose from and just like planning your dream wedding, there are lots of choices to be made.

So, decide if you would like to just draw attention to your central gem or if you want to give it a little extra competition. Maybe you prefer the single-band look or you have your heart set on the illusion of two bands. It comes down to deciding which physical features of an engagement ring are the most important to you and then picking a setting that best shows off those special features.

3.      Decide on a Metal

Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to metal than the shine or colour. But, those are also important. Another consideration is durability. If you work with your hands and are very active, you may want to go for something like 14K gold or even platinum. If you’re more about the dazzle, then lighter coloured metals such as platinum or white gold will make your stones appear brighter.

If you want a low-maintenance type of metal, don’t choose white gold which needs to be re-plated every couple of years. Rather opt for platinum or yellow gold. Most importantly, make sure you love the metal you choose.

4.      Pick Your Size

The internet is full of ways to figure out the size of your fiancée-to-be’s ring finger. But, if you want complete and utter accuracy, your best bet is to take her to a jeweller or even two or three to make really sure. If you do have a ring that fits her ring finger to perfection, you could always print out a couple of sizing charts and compare the ring to those.

Now that you know what you need to consider when designing an engagement ring, it’s time to find a jeweller and begin the exciting process. 

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