Why Not Propose on Your Anniversary Day?
Your anniversary day can be a wonderful time to propose to the person you want to marry. Maybe you celebrate your anniversary as the day you first met, or perhaps it’s the day you went on your first date. Some people even celebrate the day a friendship caught on fire and turned romantic. But however you note the occasion, it is a day that will already hold special meaning for the both of you and you can add to its significance by presenting your partner with an engagement ring that will be loved and admired for the entirety of your relationship. You should definitely take the time to learn some basics about ring and gemstone quality before the big purchase, and before you pop the big question, but you can also use these six steps as a guideline for buying an ideal engagement ring.
1. Determine Budget
Figuring out your budget for an engagement ring should be done before you go out to actually shop for rings. If you are unsure of your spending limits when you are in the jewelry store you could fall prey to the sales tactics of the industry, and end up digging yourself into a hole of debt that could take you years to climb out of. One way to increase your spending ability is to go with an online vendor. Not only can there be significant savings but there also tent to be more options with this route as well.
2. Look into Resilience
If you want the symbol of your love and commitment to maintain its beauty and last for a good long while you need to consider the type of metal and gemstones that the ring is built with. Platinum and gold tend to be the most popular choices for engagement rings, and although gold is cheaper, platinum is more durable. It is more resistant to nicks and scratches, is brighter than gold and is the more secure option for the stone. Gemstones with higher hardness ratings are ideal for engagement rings since they will be worn on a daily basis. The gemstone with the highest hardness rating is the diamond, followed by rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
3. Make it Eco-Friendly
Proposing a marriage with a diamond that has resulted in human rights violations or harmed to the environment is not something that most people want to do. The Kimberley Process Certification, which was adopted by the UN in 2002, verifies that the diamonds being sold were acquired in a legitimate way. If a jeweler can’t supply this certificate, you should be wary of purchasing the stone. Another option is to look into buying a man-made diamond that is identical to natural diamonds but guaranteed to be conflict-free.
4. Take Note of Individual Style
Pay attention to the types of jewelry your future spouse enjoys wearing before you go out and buy an engagement ring. Bold and extravagant pieces? Simple and understated? Does he or she wear gold or does most of the jewelry consist of silver, platinum or white gold? These are the types of questions that you should be asking yourself to get a feel for the ideal style of engagement ring.
Think About Wedding and Matching Bands
Before you make a decision, think about what you would be willing to wear as well. If you wouldn’t be comfortable wearing the same color band then it may be better to opt for something else since many brides and grooms want to wear matching bands. A lot of the time, your significant other may also want a wedding ring that matches or complements the engagement ring.
Take Advantage of the Custom Touch
If you have a hand in the design of the engagement ring, it will make it will increase its significance, and many jewelers offer custom-made rings without a hefty price tag. You can consider adding engravings as well, and go with colored diamonds or other gemstones as either center or accent stones.
Author Bio: Lexi Stewart is the associate director of internet marketing for MiaDonna, a fine jeweler specializing in high quality, man-made diamonds. She has been traveling around the world sharing her passion for educating people about conflict-free diamonds for more than ten years. Lexi lives in Portland with her husband, and two dogs.