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How to choose the Best Diamond Engagement Ring.

Diamond Engagement Ring To any girl a receiving marriage proposal is one of the most memorable moments in her life. And as a guy making that proposal, making that moment really stand out is a big challenge. Of course, the highlight of any marriage proposal is the engagement ring. Most of the engagement rings all stunning, but with so many to choose from, it can be overwhelmingly difficult to choose the best one for that "woman of your dreams".

Here are simple tips to help guys find that perfect engagement ring for the woman they want to spend the rest of their life with:

  1. Know your budget. Make up your mind on how much you are willing to spend for an engagement ring. Doing so would help you to identify your options and alternatives more clearly. Make sure to choose a ring that it is within your budget. Normally, engagement rings would cost you at least two months’ salary. But note that the price could range from hundreds to thousands, depending on the choice of stone, metal and design.
  2. Choose the perfect diamond. There are 4C’s to remember in the diamond grading system—cut, clarity, color & carat. CUT determines the brilliance of a diamond which makes it probably the most important of the four C’s. A well-cut diamond reflects much brilliance than a poorly cut one. You need to carefully choose your style of cut as it would determine the shine of the diamond and the fit in the ring. The popular cuts are the round, oval and princess. Note though that unique designs may require different cuts. CLARITY is characterized by the number of a diamond’s flaw such as scratches and cuts. The fewer the flaws are in the diamond, the more brilliant and prized it will be. COLOR usually refers to the mineral composition of the stone or the amount of color in a diamond. It shows the shine of the diamond. Colorless diamonds are the most valuable as they allow most light to be reflected, which makes it more brilliant. CARAT is a measurement of the weight of the diamond. The larger the diamond, the more expensive it is. Diamonds come in various price ranges depending upon their originality, cut and carat weight. Therefore, make sure be sure to know all of the diamond’s characteristics and quality by asking for a Diamond Certificate before making a purchase.  Though diamonds are the most popular stone choice for engagement rings, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and other birthstones are also favored these days.
  3. Know what metal to choose.  After choosing the stone, consider the quality of the metal to be used in the ring. Most engagement rings are made of gold, white gold or platinum. It is important to have a strong metal supporting your stone, such that it can handle wear and tear over the years. Platinum is an ideal choice because it is very durable yet has a light feel and enduring shine.
  4. Know the ring design. The design of the engagement ring design is a matter of personal preference and would normally depend on your lifestyle. Conservative people may choose traditional designs while others may be geared towards the modern styles. Just make sure that the ring looks good and is practical to wear everyday.

Three questions about emerald engagement rings



Modern Emerald Engagement Rings

Modern Emerald Engagement Rings

Contemporary engagement rings have the same two elements found in traditional engagement rings a setting and a diamond. That diamond can be either a solitaire diamond or an emerald cut diamond. In light of that fact, it seems logical to wonder if the displays of contemporary engagement rings include any lab created emerald rings.




Contemporan Emerald Engagement Rings

Contemporan Emerald Engagement Rings

Do the makers of Native American wedding bands design any of the lab created emerald rings? While many people have seen the striking contrast of silver and turquoise, fewer have admired the contrast created when a green gemstone is placed on a silver ring band. Yet such a combination has appeared on items that were fashioned by Native American jewelers.



Granted, most present day, Native American jewelers use either malachite or chrysoprase when they want a green gemstone. Still, there is no Native American legend that dictates the jewelers’ reliance on those two green stones. For that reason, the time may come when Native American jewelers will abandon use of those gemstones, and will make lab created emerald rings.

How could a young man benefit from taking the time to study the available, lab created emerald rings? Could such lab created rings provide young men with excellent Christmas gifts? An emerald is green, but how can a jeweler put green and red together in a reasonably priced ring.

A ring could have both an emerald and a ruby. Such a ring would have a fairly high asking price. Such a ring might not be the ideal Christmas gift for a young man on a limited budget. Yet that same man might consider buying a lab created emerald ring. How can he find such a ring with a red and green combination?


Perhaps he could look for a ring made from rose gold. Such a ring contains a mixture of three different metals – gold, silver and copper. It is the copper that gives the metal a rose color. A ring with a rose colored metal might be the right ring to give as a Christmas gift. Such a ring could serve as the setting for a lab created emerald.

Now that this article has posed and answered three questions about lab created emerald rings, here is another pointed question: What is keeping you the reader from going out and buying a lab created emerald ring? If you plan to get an engagement ring, a Christmas gift or a piece of Native American jewelry, then you might want to think about buying a lab created emerald ring.