It might be because the endless circle in a ring has been taken to represent endless love, but somehow with the evolution of jewelry it appears that there now is a symbolic ring for every stage of relationship and this is not something everyone knows. Avoid appearing like an uncaring partner by learning the various ring types and surprising your loved one with them on the appropriate occasion.
- The promise ring
This is given at a stage of a relationship where the couple is not serious enough (or old enough!) to actually get engaged but they want to signify a level of seriousness in the relationship. It is also common where one of the partners has to go away for some time and it is given as a promise that they will be faithful and they will come back because they are serious in their relationship. Most of the promise rings are simple rings made of white gold or silver and not too much importance is given to the gem, if any.
- The engagement ring
This is given when the couple is ready to move into the next, more serious phase of a relationship. It is typically given by the man though there are more and more girls popping the big question and is used to signify an intention to marry. More importance is attached to this ring and it is not uncommon to find lots of money being spent on it to get it right. The girl wears the ring on the fourth finger of her left hand and removes it if they break up or when they get married though many people still wear their engagement ring into their marriage.
- The wedding band
This is perhaps the mother of all rings because if all goes as it should, it should be worn for a lifetime. Wedding bands are worn by both the man and woman and are exchanged during a wedding ceremony. Most of them are made of pure gold and have an inscription inside reading whatever the couple wants it to read.
- The destiny ring
This is usually given many years into the marriage at an anniversary or something to signify the unending love between the couple. Many times it is given by a man to his wife. It is usually a made up of precious metal and studded with gemstones all round.
A diamond ring is a perfect ring, for engagement or wedding purposes. A diamond engagement ring is worn either on the right or left hand, on the ring finger depending on different cultures and countries. A ring is a perfect symbol of love and affection. If you intend to surprise your girlfriend, choosing a perfect diamond ring is the best option. Here are some tips on how to choose a diamond ring.
First and foremost, you have to do a research on diamonds, their history and prices before you go to a jeweller. This is important because you may have to bargain about the price or choose from a wide array of diamond designs. Being informed on the diamond ring you intend to buy to avoid instances of being conned. Such information is also essential in choosing the best quality of diamonds.
It is also important to save beforehand or come up with a good budget. There are different price ranges for different diamond cuts. Purchasing a specific one will depend on the money which you can freely spend. Diamonds are classy but they can be expensive too and a good budget will guide you in buying something you can afford.
Knowing the style and personality of your girlfriend is also important. The diamond ring you purchase will be worn for a long time and knowing what the wearer likes is crucial. This will determine whether you will purchase a classic diamond setting, pave or an eternity band design. Traditional designs are good but you may want to know whether your girlfriend prefers more modern designs before you get her the ring. If you intend it to be a surprise, you should not ask her directly. Checking out her kind of jewelry and personal taste will give you an insight into what to get her.
Next, you will need to choose the cut of diamond to go with. The cut is basically the outline or shape of the diamond as well as its arrangement of facets. There are many shapes, ranging from pear, emerald and heart shapes. The beauty of the ring will largely depend on its cut as this determines how the stone will reflect light.
There are different rings made of different gems and metals. One of the most popular metals is platinum, a rare and alluring metal. Commonly referred to as the ‘King of Metals’, platinum is pure and enduring. If you intend to purchase platinum rings you should be ready to do a lot of work before getting the best quality.
It is tempting to go to the nearest jeweller and purchasing a platinum ring from them. However, you may run the risk of getting a fake ring or being conned. It is therefore important that you do your homework well and know what it entails to but platinum rings of the best quality.
Firstly, you need to determine the purity content of the platinum ring which you intend to purchase. Platinum is usually alloyed with other metals in different percentages in order to give it the suitable hardness needed for jewellery pieces. The higher the percentage of platinum, the higher its quality and the more costly the ring will be. To determine the purity of the platinum, you should look at the hallmark or stamp which is usually found on the inside the ring.
It is usually advisable that you ask the jeweler about the metal which was alloyed with the platinum. Pure platinum, which is usually 95% platinum, is alloyed with a different variety of metals such as Ruthenium and Cobalt to enhance its hardness. This translates to durable rings. However, using less costly metals like Iridium, though cheap, can only make the ring more prone to scratch due to wear.
It is also important to note that there are few talented platinum-smiths around. It is relatively difficult to work with platinum pieces as opposed to other metals mainly because of the melting point of platinum which is higher. It is therefore recommended that you choose a jeweler who is reputable and one who does not outsource his duties to other jewelers.
A budget will come in handy once you settle on the type of ring you want to purchase. If your budget allows, you can personalize the ring by engraving the detail you want on it. You can also go for designer platinum rings which are available in different websites.
There are four major factors used to value a diamond and commonly known as the four C’s. These are cut, color, carat as well as the clarity of the gemstone. The cut of the diamond is the manner in which it is designed or fashioned, the color grading ranges from colorless to yellow, the carat is the weight of the diamond and its clarity is how clear or flawless the piece of diamond is. A piece of diamond of high clarity is clear, meaning it has no inclusions (fine lines or even spots) within it.
The carat or weight of a diamond is measured in terms of fractions or even decimals and the former can represent an array of weights. For instance, the weight of a half a carat of diamond jewellery would range from 0.47 to 0.54 carats. It is important to note that diamond carats measured in fractions are usually not exact. Despite the fact that cubic Zirconia is an imitate of diamond due to the similarity in their appearance, the former costs much less than the latter.
There are other gemstones created in labs that resemble diamond just like the one named above, hence one should ensure that their jeweler only uses the current equipment to test for genuine diamond. This ensures that buyers invests in real diamonds and not imitates. Before buying diamond jewelry, one must find out what constitutes real diamond and what is used to weigh their value. Knowing what a jeweler uses to grade their diamonds and the experience they have doing the same is also important in making the right decision. If possible, one should seek for a second opinion.
A diamond must be viewed under the magnification of a microscope and not on a black background. This is due to the fact that black is known to alter the eye’s perception of color. Conduct a thorough research and comparison of diamonds on sale in different jewelry shops before coming to a final decision. It is also important to know what makes up the four C’s and how to scrutinize and evaluate them. Ensure that the diamonds you choose are treated with lasers or even filled with fractures; this ensures that the gemstone’s general appearance is greatly enhanced.
Everything concerning the diamond and its sale must be put down in writing in the form of a contract or even receipt to act as the buyer’s evidence of what they have purchased. The buyer should also get the original certificates associated with the diamond and must go through all the guarantees as well as warranties that come with purchasing the jewelry.