Chances are that when you are searching for engagement rings, you will have quite a few questions. After all, this purchase is one of the most important ones that you will make in your lifetime, so you will want to know everything you can about it. Thankfully, once you get the important information out of the way, picking out the engagement ring is not as stressful as it might seem (unless you are planning for it to be a total surprise). With all of this being said, many people have questions about picking out their rings, and thankfully, there are many answers to those questions. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about these important rings. 

1) How Much Should You Spend on a Ring? 

For a long period of time, there was an unspoken rule that you should usually spend about two or three month’s worth of your salary on the engagement ring. However, as times change and as people become more open-minded about their life, this is beginning to change. Typically, it is more accepted that you choose something that both you and your partner will like, without completely ruining your budget. This means that some people might be fine with relatively inexpensive solitaires, saving up their money for other aspects of their life. Other people might want to have extravagant rings with countless diamonds. Ultimately, you should spend enough money that makes everyone happy, but not so much that you cannot recover from the purchase. 

2) How Do I Know If the Price Is Appropriate?

When you are not used to purchasing engagement rings, it can be tough to know for certain if your ring is overpriced, underpriced, or exactly what it's worth. Even if you know a thing or two about buying jewelry, it is never easy to work out the specific details. However, you can make it easier for yourself. By understanding the four Cs of diamonds, you will be able to get an idea of whether the ring you are looking at is worth its price for the quality. The four Cs will help you determine the overall quality of the ring, which is something that anyone can appreciate. 

3) What Are the Four Cs? 

This is something that you will hear about a lot when you are searching for any diamond jewelry, particularly engagement rings. These refer to four specific aspects of the diamond, and it is the best way to grade the quality of the diamond in an objective manner. Each category has its own scale, allowing you to easily see what areas are the best in your diamond ring. The four Cs themselves stand for cut, color, carat, and clarity. Cut refers to the way that the diamond is shaped. Clarity refers to the number of imperfections that alter the way the diamond sparkles. Carat refers to the quality and size of the gemstone itself, and the color obviously refers to the diamond’s level of tinting. If you are going to be searching for any rings, you will need to know what the four Cs are first. 

4) What Are the Most Common Engagement Ring Styles? 

While there are countless unique styles that you could go for, there are a few main styles that you will find at just about any jewelry shop. There is the vintage-inspired ring, which has a more antique or vintage appearance to it. The halo style usually has a small band of stones surrounding the diamond centerpiece, accentuating it and giving your ring just a little bit more flair than solitaires will. The three-stone style speaks for itself, having one large centerpiece and two smaller diamonds on each side of it. The solitaire ring is the most minimalistic of the bunch, with one single gemstone in the center of the band. This style is also the most budget-friendly, which is something that young couples can appreciate. 

5) How Often Should You Be Cleaning the Engagement Ring? 

Once you purchase the engagement ring, you will want to take good care of it. There are several ways that you can go about doing this, but the most routine thing that you can do is clean it. After all, cleaning the ring regularly will help the diamond’s ability to shine. Everything from shampoo to dish soap can build up on the ring, tarnishing it over time. If you wear the ring daily, you should be giving it a quick clean every other week to keep it clean and sparkling. Once a month, you should give it a more thorough cleaning, no matter how much you wear it. Every six months, you should bring the ring in to your jeweler for a professional cleaning alongside an inspection to make sure that everything is as sturdy as it should be. 

6) What Does “Eye clean” Mean? 

This is another term that you will be seeing when you are looking at diamonds of any sort. It refers to how clean a diamond looks to the naked eye, and it is related to the clarity of the diamond. In a sense, eye clean has a pretty standard meaning. It means that the diamond looks clear to the naked eye, without any sort of magnification. If you purchase a diamond that is eye clean, but still has imperfections on it, you can end up saving a fair bit of money, and it can make everyone happy as long as you don’t put it under magnification. Do keep in mind that the larger the diamond is, the more noticeable the imperfections are going to be. 

7) Should You Buy Diamonds Online or in a Store? 

There is a fair amount of debate on whether or not a person should be purchasing their diamonds online, where it is more convenient, or in-store, where a person can physically see imperfections and unique aspects. I, Sanjay Kalsi, personally think that going to a store like ours, J.D. Solitaire is going to be the better option. When a person chooses to visit a jewelry store, they will be able to see some aspects that you simply cannot fully replicate online, such as how the ring looks at certain angles, how the light catches the diamond, and so on. 

Author: Mr. Sanjay Kalsi, Gemologist, Founder of JD Solitaire.

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