Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Ring Shopping
As with other things in life, preparation and a quick review of what you need to know can help your ring-shopping experience go much more smoothly. Browse through our quick list of essentials as you head out and search for your dream ring!
Know your budget
You need to figure out how much you can afford to spend before you even begin pursuing the ring of your dreams The “right” amount to spend on a ring is whatever you feel comfortable with, taking into consideration your financial situation. Decide whether you want to pay for the entire cost of the ring at once, or if you’d rather start with a down payment and pay it off over time. The cost of a single ring can vary depending on your location, the size, and quality of the stone you’re purchasing. Keep in mind that you really wouldn’t want to begin your new life with your loved one under a pile of credit card debt. Stay within your budget even you might tempted to go overboard your budget.
2. Know the stone you want
Times have changed and engagement ring stones aren’t all about diamonds anymore. More couples are choosing awesome alternatives that have the same, if not better, features as diamonds. These options are easier on the budget and come with the assurance of being conflict-free. Moissanite is one of the best stones out there and is considered as the most beautiful in the world with more brilliance, fire and lustre than any other jewel. It is guaranteed to be 100% conflict-free as a lab-grown jewel. It’s also popular for its durability, measuring a 9.25 on Mohs’ scale of hardness.
3. Know the four Cs
No couple can possibly know everything there is to know about an engagement ring from the get-go, that’s why many opt to ask for assistance. Still, it pays to study up on the engagement ring basics. You might have already heard about the 4 Cs of a stone: colour, cut, clarity, and carat. These four factors can affect the appearance and cost of your ring, so understanding the differences can come in handy. And among these four, you may want to particularly take note of your ring’s cut. Yes, while people may like to boast about a diamond’s carat weight, cut is actually the most important of these four qualities for it determines how much the gem will sparkle.
4. Know the metal
You have a bevy of options when choosing the metal for your beloved’s band. Yellow gold is a traditional choice, although many are also choosing the white gold variant for its versatility. The trendier rose gold, which gets its pinkish hue from copper that is mixed with the gold, is also a recent favourite among many brides-to-be. You can choose a platinum band if you prefer a silvery white colour (and have room in your budget). The material is harder and hypoallergenic although it is quite more expensive.
5. Know the setting
A ring’s setting is the way the stone is connected to the band. Some of the most common ones include the Solitaire, the Bezel, the Tension, the Pavé, the Halo, the Cathedral, the Bar, the Flush, and the Cluster. Having the right setting can make your stone appear larger, sparklier, or more striking. Think about the ring as a whole when making a decision. Ask yourself this question before picking a ring setting: Do you want one large stone to be the focal point, or do you prefer a cluster or row of smaller stones?
We make ring-shopping easier for you
Still not decided on the perfect ring? We’re here to help! Drop by our Sydney store and you will receive expert advice and a complimentary on-the-spot quote for your dream ring. Ring-shopping is easier than you think with Moi Moi! See you there!