If you have taken the big step of deciding to get married, you will need a wedding ring. If you haven't purchased a wedding ring before, there are a few things you should know before you commit.
1. You will choose the shape of your diamond
One of the biggest issues you will face when shopping is deciding on the shape. The shape of the diamond is determined by how it is cut; the word cut and shape can be used interchangeably. Certain shapes will cost more than others, so you need to consider this. Along with the shape, you will need to decide on the metal for the ring band. Silver is cheapest, but you may want to consider yellow gold. White gold and rose gold are also popular options.
2. You can save money with odd-weight diamonds
Diamonds are measured in carats—this is the weight of the gem. But consumers tend to want diamonds in even-numbered carats, or at the most, those that weigh in the half a carat range. In other words, they want to buy carat weights of one, one and a half, two, two and a half carats, and so on. This means when a diamond weighs anything other than those sizes, it is harder to sell. With this in mind, instead of buying a full carat diamond, you may find a good deal on one that is nine-tenths of a carat. No one but a jeweler will ever know the difference—and even a jeweler will need magnification to notice.
3. You must ensure the diamond has been certified
There are different terms used to describe that the diamond is real and not a fake. Sometimes it simply called a report, but you may also hear the term verification or grading. The exact value of the stone will also be dependent upon its quality, but some of this is something only expert jewelers will notice. However, a diamond that is certified is one that will have a verified carat weight, clarity, color, and cut. Because you will be making a long-term investment in this ring, you want to make sure you are buying what is advertised. You may need to do some research on the lab that does the verification. They should be an organization that has been around for many years.
These are just a few important things to keep in mind when shopping for a ring. Of course, you should also work closely with local jewelers; they can help you find something that will match your future spouse's style.