3 questions to ask when choosing an engagement ring

Buying an engagement ring for your partner is probably going to be one of the most exciting and invigorating experiences of your life so far. You’ve planned the proposal, you’ve chosen the date and you’re convinced that you want to spend the rest of your life with your partner - all that’s left is to make that investment and buy the perfect ring. When you go to the jewellers, you’ll likely have an idea of the style that your future fiance/ee is envisioning, but you should still go prepared with at least these three questions to ask the vendor.

What are the 4Cs of the ring?

If you’re looking to get your partner a ring with a traditional diamond on it, you need to know about the 4Cs. Cut, colour, clarity and carat weight are vitally important but can be confusing - your jeweller will be able to explain each aspect and characteristic to you to ensure you know exactly what you’re buying. Each characteristic has a different cost-level, so you may have to mix things up if you have a specific budget for your ring. If you’re getting a ring with a different stone, such as an emerald or a ruby, then this isn’t something that’s necessarily as important, but your jeweller will still be able to give you all the information you need. Go armed with this question and you'll be an expert on the difference between cushion cut diamond rings and emerald diamond rings, as well as 2-carat diamond rings vs 1.5-carat diamond rings.

Can the ring be easily resized?

It’s likely that you’ve already got your partner’s ring size marked down somewhere, but on the off-chance that you’re buying on a whim, then you need to consider whether the ring you’re purchasing can be easily resized. Certain bands and diamond clusters can only be resized to a certain point, so if you buy a ring that is way off the size your partner would actually wear, then you may have difficulties in resizing it. Query this with the jeweller beforehand to ensure that you’re not left with your tail between your legs.

Does the stone have a grading report?

A grading report basically provides you with the above information - every detail you could possibly need regarding your purchase and the 4Cs. Such a report is good to keep hold of so you can appropriately insure the ring after you’ve purchased it - a fine investment such as a diamond ring needs to be insured for loss, otherwise, you might find yourself with a hefty replacement cost a few years down the line. You should also receive information about the band as well as the diamond in this circumstance, which will help in keeping the ring clean and shiny.

For more information and guidance on buying the perfect diamond ring, contact us at Silk Road Diamonds today.