Looking for the perfect man-made engagement ring can be quite a task. This is the ring your partner will have to wear for life and you don’t want them stuck with something they find appalling.
Making a pick is a whole lot of pressure, especially when you’re trying to make it a big surprise with zero hints.
Well, if you’re reading this, it means you’re closer to ticking off all your boxes than you think. You don’t want mined diamonds. You care about the history of the engagement ring and the safety of the environment, smart choice. So, we’re off to a good start!
Now, to the other boxes you have to tick. Here are some other aspects you need to pay attention to when you’re going for an eco-friendly gemstone.
Knowing the ring size of your partner is usually the hardest and most delicate part of keeping your engagement plans a secret. You don’t want to get a ring that’s too tight or too loose. But how do you measure their finger without giving your plans away?
Well, now’s the time to think and act like a top-secret agent. You can try taking a ring from their jewellery box and have the jeweller measure it correctly. If you can’t fetch one of their rings without them noticing, talk to their friends. Ally with one of their best friends or siblings and have them measure your partner’s finger in the least suspicious way possible.
The gemstone isn’t the only thing that makes an engagement ring beautiful. Its setting makes it unique and more captivating. The ring-style setting reflects the personality of its owner and shows that you truly know who you’re about to get married to.
If you want an idea of how your partner would like the precious stone centred, you can take a look at their jewellery box. You will see a pattern of how they prefer their rings to look. If they don’t own much jewellery, then you can always go for the famous solitaire ring setting and have it changed later - after the big surprise of course.
Many times, people forget how important the ring band is. It adds to the style, appeal, and durability of the ring. There are four commonly used precious metals for engagement rings, each with its unique qualities and outstanding aesthetics: rose gold, white gold, platinum, and silver.
Platinum is a durable metal, the strongest of them all. But its lustre fades out a lot faster. If you’re going for durability, which is rarely ever the case, go platinum.
Gold is fancy, shiny, and easy to maintain. Unlike platinum, you can always polish it if you want to regain its lustre. However, gold is a soft metal, durability isn’t its greatest feat. In a decade or two, it might need a complete replacement.
Silver is the most popular precious metal for engagement rings. It adds to the style and personality of the ring.
If your partner is big on jewellery, you can also take a look at some of their most worn pieces to get an idea of what precious metal they’d most likely prefer for their engagement ring.
Engagement gemstones come in different shapes and sizes. These two features add to the beauty of the engagement ring and also reflect the personality of your partner. Do they like big stones or do they want something small and barely noticeable?
Additionally, you can choose one of five stone shapes: princess, oval, heart, round, and pear. This usually affects the ring style setting because certain shapes have different angles they look best when centred.
When choosing a lab-made diamond for your perfect engagement jewellery, you need to look into four major parameters. Selecting quality diamonds becomes a lot easier when you know the four C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight.
Let’s show you why these four C’s matter.
The cut of the diamond is often confused for its shape, but it goes way deeper than that. Diamond cut refers to the angles, proportions, symmetry, and brilliance of the stone.
That sparkle you so desire is determined by the cut of the diamond. When the stone is properly cut, it reflects light, projecting it and giving off a captivating lustre. A poorly cut stone (cut too deep or too shallow) on the other hand, allows light to pass through it, giving it little to no sparkle.
Without a proper cut, the engagement ring could lose its whole aesthetic advantage - What’s a diamond without its sparkle?
Diamonds are graded from D to Z (from colourless to having a yellowish tint. The highest quality diamonds are colourless ones and are graded D. They are usually pricey and rare too.
Just like mined diamonds, lab-made diamonds can also be colourless or take up the white-ish colour of the popular mined diamonds.
If your partner prefers more colours, moissanite stones have a high refractive index that allows them to display colours like yellow, green, and brown when hit by light. Better still, request for a moissanite stone that comes in any of these colours.
The absence of inclusions in your diamond increases its price. Inclusions are minerals and other tiny metals in diamonds that make it less clear than it would be.
Heavier diamonds cost more money. But you shouldn’t care much about heavy stones for your engagement rings, they’re worn as a symbol of love and their appearance is a bonus. The carat weight has no added value to this glorious occasion.
You need to establish a budget before discussing with a jeweller. Your budget will help you narrow down your options and help the jeweller guide you better.
Luckily, man-made engagement rings aren’t as expensive as mined diamonds. So, you can always get a nice stone on a budget. And don’t overthink it, you have a lifetime with your partner to purchase a better ring on a bigger budget.
Congrats! You now have all you need to get your partner the most thoughtful and amazing man-made engagement ring. Now, you can focus on the many ways to make the day a special one for your and the love of your life.
If you don’t get it right the first time, that’s totally fine. You can always make adjustments later. Just make sure you make the proposal nice and memorable.
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