Ultimate Guide to Buying the Perfect Wedding Ring
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You’re engaged and the engagement ring is just jaw-dropping, now it is time to select out the best wedding ring out there that will go along with you and you’re partner’s taste. As a couple, you must consider a set of criteria before buying a wedding ring. These criteria are often linked with diamonds that are seen on our inspirational wedding rings. With that in mind, choosing the right wedding ring doesn’t have to be a challenging experience that will leave you distressed. It should be fun and memorable for you and your future spouse.
Here is the ultimate guide that will help in choosing the perfect wedding ring.
Start your search early
Plan ahead on what exactly you and your partner want, visualize a concept for your ideal ring. The design and size matters to every couple. Give at least three to five months to plan on your wedding rings and start visiting ring shops. Allow ample time to browse and search online for examples and prices.
Wedding rings are often quite different from the engagement ring, which tends to be much more elaborate and expensive. While the engagement rings tend to focus on the diamond centerpiece, wedding rings tend to be more simple and take shape of a wedding band. Still, there are many options out there for wedding rings and bands for both the bride and groom, so it pays to do your research, and allow plenty of time to enjoy the journey.
Set a Budget
Get a sense of what you are willing and able to spend on your wedding ring. Set your budget appropriately, while also keeping in mind your future financial goals for budgeting your wedding. Nowadays, the size of the ring shouldn’t bother the couple’s decision in buying their bands. Most of them go for style and uniqueness.
If you want to save some money on your wedding rings and wedding bands, always look out for major holiday discounts. In New Zealand, some of the great time for great savings include Easter, Queens Birthday, Labour Weekend and of course Christmas. While us kiwis don’t celebrate Black Friday, many shops are now using that as a major sales event so watch out for this date as you can grab a great bargain. You can often spot a 50% discount on wedding rings if you choose the right time to shop.
Narrow down your Wedding Ring options
Select a few wedding ring samples for you and your partner to choose from. Pinterest is your friend, as well as the good old Google Images. Another popular option for inspiration is Facebook groups where past brides are always excited to share their precious ring design and look. If you’re still undecided, you can try mixing up designs that you both like. Ask each other if you want a matching wedding ring or not, find something that you both love. Consider buying your wedding rings together so that you can both talk to your jeweler the details of your wants, needs and budget. Then, they’ll be able to provide you with a selection of rings matching your unique specifications.
Most couples don’t take their wedding rings off; even if they gained or lost weight they still want them on. This means you’ll be wearing your wedding rings for a very long time, so finding the right size and style you want is really important. Choose a wedding ring that you and your partner will be comfortable to wear day in and day out. For the guys, who often have never worn a ring before, it is even more important to consider the comfort of the rings, especially the thicker bands which can feel very clunky in the fingers when the hands are closed.
Style and size your Wedding Rings
Once you have decided what your wedding rings are, think if you want to include a diamond or a gemstone on it. Go beyond the usual and experiment if you want. When choosing and styling your wedding bands all you have to remember is the four C’s of wedding rings. Make sure you give the shop plenty of time to resize the rings to suit your fingers, especially during the peak holiday.
Four C’s of a diamond
The quality of a diamond is often simplified to four distinct characteristics, also known as the four C’s. They are there as a simple guide to allow clients to compare between diamonds and to analyze and justify the cost differences the many options. A brief understanding of the diamond four C’s can help you to narrow down your diamond selection to suit your wedding budget and style.
Carat is a term that denotes a stone’s proportions. Gemstones are usually sold by the carat or “ct.” – defines as the unit of weight for precious stones and pearls. Hence, it is right that as the carat size increases, the price also increases. Why? Because the bigger it gets, the harder or rarer to find. Half a carat, good quality diamond ring would set you back around $5000 NZD. A full carat would be closer to $10,000 NZD. Of course, if you are able to get these rings on sales, you can definitely enjoy some good bargains and great prices.
Clarity is a desirable trait of gemstones that have a constant, steady, translucent appearance and are missing any undesirable imperfections in shape. Just like carat, the clearer the color of the diamond is, the more expensive it gets. Diamonds are rated on an 11 grade scaled, created by GIA.
It is classified into five types. (reference, https://www.gia.edu/gia-about/4cs-clarity)
- Flawless (FL) – No inclusions or blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification
- Internally Flawless (IF) – No inclusions and only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) – Inclusions are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10× magnification
- Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) – Inclusions are minor and range from difficult to somewhat easy for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
- Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) – Inclusions are noticeable to a skilled grader under 10x magnification
- Included (I1, I2, and I3) – Inclusions are obvious under 10× magnification and may affect transparency and brilliance
This refers to the proportions, symmetry, and polish of the diamond or gemstones. A cut is the hardest to determine because it affects the rings’ appearance, brilliance reflected by white light reflections, fire, the light dispersion in the diamond, and scintillation, the sparkle of a diamond when light sources are moved.
- The closer a diamond is to being colorless, the rarer and more valuable the stone.
- Diamonds can be measured on a color scale which ranges from D (the best and colorless) to Z (light yellow).
- The more advance down the alphabet the diamond is, the more yellow appears in the stone.
Diamonds that are high up the color grading scale, such as D, E, & F, are considered to be most valuable.
For more detailed guides to the four C’s of diamonds, you can visit some of the links below:
https://www.lumeradiamonds.com/diamond-education/index – highly recommended with an in-depth explanation
Take your time to buy the wedding ring for you and your partner. Ask questions. Do your research. Shop around and take photos for inspiration. You can visit our wedding inspirations library for some ideas. Remember, this piece of jewelry is something you would wear for a lifetime. You may want to choose carefully and wisely.
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