Thursday, 21 August 2014

Choosing The Right Engagement Ring

Hey lovelies,  

Maybe a little something for the men today? Or for you to be able to choose your dream ring or narrow down your choices? As I am yet to get a ring on my finger, believe me I am waiting, I came across a post from celebrity jeweller and founder of Vashi.com on the evolution of an engagement ring and what to look out for when choosing the right ring for you (http://www.vashi.com/blog/2014/08/08/evolution-diamond-engagement-ring/). I thought this would fit right on in for daintydollymix.com.

VASHI DOMINGUEZ’S  
TOP TIPS TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT RING FOR YOU 
 * Style 
* Shape 
* Size 
* Comfort 
* Bespoke Design 
*Budget 
Choosing an engagement ring goes far beyond buying a symbolic piece of jewellery. Not only does it signify a trilogy of commitment, love and passion, its also a clear representation of individual style, personality and flair. With more and more celebrities getting married and flashing their impressive size rocks, it’s only natural to be confused when picking the right engagement ring for you. Although this decision can be nerve-racking, when selecting your engagement ring, it is essential that it represents a true reflection of you.  
Rest assure, this doesn’t need to be a stressful experience, as the right amount of knowledge will make this an enjoyable exercise.  
Vashi’s top SIX tips to choosing the right engagement ring for you. 
1. Style 
Your style is down to personal taste and there is no wrong or right way to empathise this in your engagement ring. Consider designs that you think will stand the test of time, especially if you think your taste is likely to change and evolve. Themed and/or coloured stones are definitely ones to consider especially when deciding between a more traditional or trend lead ring (http://www.vashi.com/blog/2014/08/08/evolution-diamond-engagement-ring/)Do your research, and once you’ve narrowed it down, you can shop for the best quality ring and style that will have you glowing for years to come. 
2. Shape 
This is probably the hardest stage to decipher, since there are over 10 different diamond shapes to choose from. Solitaire and emerald cut diamonds are popular choices for engagement rings. Try on a few different styles to decide which shape suits you best and have fun deciding whether you’re an emerald-cut, solitaire or Princess-cut kind of girl.  
 3. Sizing 
When buying a diamond, it’s important that you’re knowledgeable on the magic carat weights. They are 1/2ct, 3/4ct, 1ct, 1.5ct, 2ct etc. 'Under-sizes' are diamonds that weigh just below a magic weight. If you’re looking for a bargain and are interested in choosing a 1ct diamond why not go for a 0.95cts, as there’s very little visual difference between the two, that even most jewellers wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Not to mention the additional bonus of saving up to 30%. Another factor to consider is re-sizing, as you may find over the years that your ring may become loose or tight. For this reason alone, it’s best to find a reputable retailer that offers re-sizing for free. AVashi.com we offer a lifetime warranty and free ring resizing.  
4. Comfort 
If you enjoy an active lifestyle or have a manual element in your work, you may want to opt for an engagement band that is robust, secure and doesn’t scratch easily. A diamond engagement ring with a huge stone looks fantastic, but you may find it uncomfortable in the long run especially if your day to day requires tremendous use of your hands. Stones that are not diamonds i.e. gemstones can be easily scratched or get caught in clothing. If you find that you have to remove your rings on a regular basis, you may wish to opt for a plain band, which can be easily replaced if you lose it. Ring bands range from white gold, platinum, and silver to yellow gold. Gold, whether in white or yellow, is the most popular and enduring choice. I recommend that you purchase a ring cast in gold purer than 18 carats, as 24 carat (minimum of 99%) gold is very soft - this can lead to quicker and more extensive damage and warping.   
5. Bespoke design 
Why not go the extra mile with a personalised and bespoke engagement ring. You will find many jewellers offer a bespoke service which is ideal for those who can’t decide. Don’t be shy to buy loose diamonds and work with your jeweller to create the perfect ring. The four Cs method (cut, clarity, colour and carat weight) is the perfect way to figure out your diamond preference. The brilliance of a diamond depends on its cut, the clarity refers to the amount of small imperfections within the diamond that affect its brilliance (in the world of diamonds, the clearer the better), the absence of colour allows a diamond to really sparkle, making it more desirable and the carat weight is the unit of weight by which the diamond is measured. The higher the carat weight, the bigger, and therefore more valuable the diamond. Another way to personalise your engagement ring, is to engrave it with a special message. 
 6. Budget 
Despite all the tales of how much an engagement ring should cost, the truth of the matter is every couple is different. I would recommend that you spend whatever feels right for you; however there is no need to start your marital life in debt. Prices tend to be cheaper for online purchases compared to retail stores. My advice would be to buy from a recognised and reputable brand as they will be able to support you in the future or offer additional services from years to come. 
                            
Thanks for reading!
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