An engagement ring is an expression of your love for your fiance (and soon-to-be spouse). If you want to properly communicate your steadfast and never-ending love, it starts with purchasing an impressive ring that blows them away. But do you even know where to start?
5 Tips for the Engagement Ring ‘Wow’ Factor
There’s a lot that goes into selecting a diamond engagement ring. This isn’t like buying a TV where you walk into the store, find one that strikes your fancy, and purchase it on the spot. Buying an engagement ring takes time and planning (especially if you want to wow her).
With all of that being said, here are several tips that you can use to purchase the perfect engagement ring.
- Know Your Budget
This isn’t a “sexy” tip, but it’s an important one. Whether you have a tight budget or a generous one, having a clear idea of how much you can spend on a ring will bring some clarity to the shopping process and allow you to be targeted (and reasonable) with your search. There’s a big difference between spending $2,500 on a ring and $7,000. You can find rings that have the wow factor at both price points, but it changes how you shop.
The old idea of spending two months’ salary on a ring is no longer a good rule of thumb to follow. If you’re making $7,000 per month in this economy, spending $14,000 on a ring is probably excessive. Likewise, you don’t want to cheap-out and only spend $1,000. There’s a sweet spot somewhere in the middle. Pick a number you’re comfortable with and let it serve as your “north star.”
- Start With the Center Diamond
It all starts with the center diamond. Make sure you think about the diamond before you get too carried away with all of the other details. As you’ve probably learned by now, there are four different factors that dictate a diamond’s quality. They are carat weight, color grade, clarity grade, and cut grade. You definitely need to pay attention to each of these factors, but don’t underestimate the importance of size.
If you want the ring to scream “wow,” you need a center diamond that really pops. A five carat diamond ring will certainly do the trick, assuming it’s within your budget. In fact, five carats is really the sweet spot. It’s the point where people really start to notice the ring, but it’s not so big that it overwhelms the hand.
- Think About the Setting
While the center diamond speaks for itself, the setting helps accentuate the underlying beauty. This is one factor that you may want to gather some ideas and suggestions around. If your soon-to-be fiance feels especially passionate about having a halo style setting, for example, you probably don’t want to get a solitaire setting.
The ring’s setting should enhance the overall look of the ring without taking away from the center diamond. You also get to choose the material, which impacts the look and style. Yellow gold, white gold, and platinum are the most commonly chosen options.
- Keep it a Surprise
Do your best to keep the ring a surprise. As much as friends, loved ones, (and even your fiance) may want a sneak peek of the ring, you should make a habit of saying no. Nothing kills the wow factor quite like spilling the beans before you pop the question.
- Think About Presentation
As you know, first impressions are everything. In fact, your first impression of your significant other likely had a defining impact on why you wanted to date them (and vice versa). The same goes for the ring. You want your fiance to have an amazing first impression that immediately makes them fall in love with the ring. You can enhance this impression by thinking tactfully about the presentation. Don’t just pull a loose ring out of your pocket. Think through the ring box, where it’s stored, and how you present it.
Adding it All Up
Your love will never be measured in carat size, or your affection in the sparkle of the diamond. However, there’s something to be said for selecting a ring that makes an impact. If nothing else, the tips and suggestions highlighted above will help you make the right choice. Good luck!