There are many factors that go into deciding on your engagement ring. And there are pros and cons of different metals and diamonds that brides (and their fiancés) must be aware of. Platinum is one of the most refined precious metals. It’s strong and durable. Which means when it’s scratched, the metal is merely displaced rather than worn away. It’s also hypoallergenic for those of us with sensitive skin! The downside? It’s pricier than white gold and feels slightly heavier on your hand.
White gold is extremely resistant to rust and tarnish. And because of its malleability, it’s easier to repair and great for engravings. But, the color is known to fade since white gold isn’t naturally white. This can be avoided by re-plating your ring yearly. But this isn’t absolutely necessary as the fading is usually light enough that it’s rarely noticed.
Now, what about gold and rose gold? And then when it comes to the diamond – Cut? Color? Clarity? Should I go for the halo or the eternity band? Personalization?
We feel you grooms, picking out an engagement ring is tough work! To pick out a ring that you’ll know she’ll love, here are the top things to consider (the jeweler can help with the rest). Side note for the ladies: it’s important to love the ring you’ll be wearing forever. But, give your man some freedom and an opportunity to surprise you. Drop some hints! Email him this blog post with some notes or let him know you have some ideas. But don’t go with him to pick out a ring. Just our opinion, of course!
What to Consider When Picking Out Her Engagement Ring
Band? Does she have a preference of the color of the band? Some women think gold is dated, while some women can’t wear certain metals due to allergies. Think about the jewelry she wears most – what color is the metal? As for the width of the band, does she normally wear more dainty jewelry, or does she accessorize with big, statement pieces? For someone who doesn’t wear a ton of jewelry, something more modest might be the best bet. For those who have a little flare, consider buying a ring with an eternity band or halo for extra va va voom.
Diamond or diamonds? While solitaires tend to be more popular today, it’s important to know whether your future fiancé will want this type of ring, or if she likes the three-stone look with a center diamond and a flanking diamond on either side. And possibly a more important consideration – which shape will look best on her hand specifically? Because what looks lovely in the case or on the sales woman’s hands might end up overwhelming or disappearing on your fiancé’s finger, get to know her hand shape before going shopping.
Is she more non-traditional? From diamonds in the rough to colored stones, or even pearls, there are so many non-traditional rings out there – and she might be just the girl for something new for I do. Has she mentioned liking anything a little different? Do a little research online, yes I’m recommending stalking her Pinterest boards. Etsy is also an excellent resource for unique, handmade or vintage rings and either getting some ideas – or purchasing directly from the sellers!
You know your lady… just go with your gut! She’ll love her engagement ring even more so because you picked it out. And if all else fails – ask her sister, mom or best friend to accompany you to the jeweler. We’d love to hear your ring shopping stories!