The 4Ps To Ponder About Before Purchasing An Engagement Ring
You’ve met the love of your life and have dreams of spending the rest of your life with this person. Now it’s time for you to pop the question and make it official with a classic engagement ring.
However, making decisions may seem considerably harder due to all the myriad options that have recently popped up. To add on, this ring will symbolise not only the bond you’ve shared, but also commitment and promises of the future. It’s an investment, both in symbolism and materiality. You wouldn’t want to spend so much on a ring that may not last long. To make the best purchase, here are some few considerations you need to take note of before proposing.
When one thinks of an engagement ring or a wedding band, you’d imagine it retaining its brilliance for a very long time. It’s more than just durability. You will need to take into consideration of the ring’s maintenance and even your partner’s lifestyles.
When it comes to durability, nothing is better than the classic diamond. Scoring a 10 on the Mohs scale, diamonds are the hardest and most durable natural substance to exist on Earth. This means nothing can ever scratch your ring, and your ring will be able to last a lifetime. Interestingly enough, despite being grown in a lab, lab grown diamonds are just as durable and hard. They are the best alternative to mined diamonds, especially when it comes to shelf-life.
Maintenance is another aspect to look into. If your partner wears the ring and often uses their hands in their daily activities, the ring is bound to get dirty faster than most. If so, opt for a classic solitaire ring, as it’s relatively easy to have it cleaned.
You can also take into consideration of their jobs and work environment. If they have a job that requires careful handling such as a childcare teacher, a ring with a diamond set in a prong setting may not be wise. Instead, you can opt for rings with a channel or bezel setting that keeps the diamond secure while flaunting off its beauty.
2. Personal style
Personal style is often indicative of one’s preferences and taste, and this doesn’t just limit to mere clothing choices. Similarly, your partner will have their own set of preferences when it comes to jewellery as well.
To do so, you’d need to understand the fundamentals of what makes a ring. Just by choosing the gem alone involves a lot of factors. For one, you’d need to decide what kind of stone your partner might like. Do they prefer the classic, clear diamond or would they prefer something more colourful? These gems also come in different cuts, but round cut gems have always reigned supreme for a long time.
It might be slightly confusing and even overwhelming, but consult with your jeweller and they are bound to find something to match your partner’s style!
3. Personal values
Funnily enough, personal values are also worth pondering about, in relation to buying an engagement ring. For instance, if your partner is one who advocates for sustainability and environmentalism, lab grown diamonds are your best bet!
The only difference these diamonds have compared to their mined counterparts are their origins, as they are, essentially, grown in the labs. Having skipped the parts where mining is involved, they are more environmentally sustainable than your traditional mined diamonds. At the same time, they are physically and optically identical to a mined diamond.
Another aspect to choosing your engagement ring is, definitely, your budget. Figure out whether your dream engagement ring aligns with your budget, and whether you can use the savings for your upcoming wedding expenses. The great thing about the jewellery industry right now is the emergence of different types of gems that are more affordable than the classic mined diamonds.
At Star Carat, for instance, a 1 carat diamond ring costs 50% less than 0.4 carat mined diamond. This is great news for you, as you can gain a bigger stone that’s twice the size to flaunt on your hand. Our lab grown diamonds have also passed the strict 4C diamond grading, each landing themselves in the Type IIA diamond category, so you can be assured on quality.
There are affordable diamond simulants such as cubic zirconia and moissanite, but ultimately, nothing comes close to an actual mined diamond better than a lab created diamond that also has a wallet-friendly price tag.
These are just some of the considerations you need to take note of before purchasing an engagement ring for your partner. You’d want something that your partner will be proud to wear and show off after saying yes.
Better yet, consult the experts! With 30 years of experience in the industry, Star Carat Shop is more than able to provide you with a beautiful lab created diamond engagement ring that your partner is bound to fall in love with.