D eciding to share your life with someone else is a big step to take. It’s not a decision that is made in a haste or out of coercion. When you decide to spend your life with an individual, you choose to take them as they are, the good sides and bad sides, on good days and on not so good days. Sometimes, to make your decision known to the individual, you make plans. It could be really simple, or it could be elaborate, flashy and loud. But what’s most important is the engagement ring you use in popping that life-changing question.

So, you have made the big decision but how can you decide on the best engagement ring to pop the big question? Here are some tips that can help you in fulfilling one’s dreams:

1. Diamond Shape:

There are a large number of shapes for diamond rings. However, there are ten types of cut that are the most popular when choosing a diamond ring. They are round, oval, emerald, cushion, princess, marquise, pear, Asscher, radiant, and heart. Each diamond shape is believed to have a significance, so it would be a good idea to do a little research before you make a purchase. Learn more about diamond shape.

2. Diamond Cut:

One important quality of a diamond is the cut and workmanship. If a diamond is poorly cut, it will affect its brilliance, making it look really dull. A diamond has to be cut to determine its shape. Also, the cut of a diamond will determine its brilliance, the way light bounces and reflects within it, and the flashes of colour you see within it. The cut and shape of a diamond are not the same things. Learn more about diamond cut.

3. Diamond Clarity:

This refers to the assessment of imperfections of a diamond on the surface or within the diamond itself. The flaws that can be found on the surface are referred to as blemishes, while those found inside the stone are known as inclusions. Inclusions do not necessarily affect the beauty of a diamond since most are not visible to the naked eye. Diamond clarity is one of the four C’s in diamond grading. Diamond clarity range from IF (Internally Flawless) to I2 (Inclusions 2) and I3 (Inclusions 3). I2 and I3 are not recommended pieces for use as a center stone because these inclusions are visible to the naked eye. Learn more about diamond clarity.

4. Diamond Color:

A diamond’s color is one aspect of the buying process you shouldn’t ignore. Diamonds vary hugely based on their color and you could save a lot of money by picking the right color for your specific needs without affecting the brilliance of the diamond. A diamond’s color can range from colorless (which are referred to as the highest quality of diamonds) to slightly yellow or even brown. Knowing the different diamond colors will help you pick out the best one that suits your needs. Learn more about diamond color.

5. Diamond Carat:

A carat is a Greek word that comes from “fruit of the carob tree”. A carat is measured in 200mg, known as metric carat. Each carat is then divided into 100 points. This allows precise measurements to the hundredth point. The price of a diamond increases with its increase in carat weight. So, the more the carats it holds, the bigger it is. However, the cut, colour and clarity also affect the price of the diamond. Learn more about diamond carat.

6. Diamond Certification:

Another important aspect of choosing a diamond engagement ring is the diamond certification. A diamond certification is a document gotten from a 3rd party lab that gives a detailed description of a diamond and all its characteristics. It describes various entities such as its clarity, size, colour, etc. The diamond is evaluated, measured and scrutinized by trained diamond professionals using specialized tools such as a loupe or microscope. Purchase your diamond with a certificate from a highly reputable lab or grading entity. Also, review the diamond and the details in the certificate before you make your final purchase. Learn more about diamond certification.

7. Ring Settings:

The style of the ring setting has a huge part to play in what kind of ring it turns out to be. There are many styles to choose from and your final choice may be dependent on the individual whom you are making the purchase for. Each engagement ring style has its advantages and disadvantages. They are also quite different in appearance. Hence, if you are making the purchase for someone who is simple, elegant and classy, you would ideally go for a piece that clearly reflects these qualities. Learn more about diamond ring settings.

8. Ring Metals:

Many people wrongly assume that the only metals that exist for rings are gold (white, yellow, and rose gold), steel, and silver. They couldn’t be more wrong. Finding the right metal for your engagement ring should be taken seriously. There are so many metals that you can choose from including platinum, gold, diamond, silver, titanium, etc. Each metal has its advantages and disadvantages including weight, price and allergy effects. Ensure you find out if your partner is allergic to certain metals before making your final purchase. Learn more about ring metals.

9. Custom Design:

You may not have found what you have in mind or you want something so specific that all the jewellery stores you have checked and spent hours browsing through do not have what you require. When all else fails, an option that will definitely work is to create a custom ring for your loved one. This will give you the opportunity to create the “perfect” ring and add extras such as engravings or things that mean something to you and your partner on the ring. You will also be involved in the creation process from start to finish.

10. Ring Pricing:

It wouldn’t be a good feeling to find out that you have been ripped off by the jeweller where you purchased your engagement ring. As with everything else, to get the best price and deals for an engagement ring after comparing all the other factors such as shape, color, style, etc. is to shop around. It is possible to find exactly what you have in mind in the first store you try but it is common practice to check a number of other reputable places before making your final purchase. It is also a good idea to contact a jewel professional for help and advice if needed. Learn more about buying loose diamonds.