That special moment when you realize you find ‘the one’, your soulmate, your best friend for a lifetime is priceless. Sealing that moment of togetherness with an engagement ring is one of the biggest moments of your lives. That’s why Truly Bridal By Kalyan Jewellers got fellow blogger Shreya Kalra in one of their video series. The video gives you an insight on the basics of buying an engagement ring: carat, quality and cut. She covers important information for both men and women! Here’s what she has to say:
While we have you totally covered, here are some points to remember:
1. Decide your budget—a usual assumption suggests an engagement ring costs about three months of your salary. While this should be enough, be ready to go 7-10% higher than the allocated budget you saved so far.
2. Make sure the jeweller is a reputable seller with a history of satisfied customers.
3. If your partner wears yellow gold currently, 18K gold would be ideal. It has 75% gold and 25% alloy metals and has a deep sheen to it. If your partner prefers white gold, 14K (58.3% gold and 41.7% alloy metals can prove to be better than 18K gold (the polish will wear off faster). I prefer 22K gold which is usually 91% gold and 9% silver or copper but let me tell you—it’s really shiny and requires a lot of maintenance.
4. Another option is to buy Platinum if your partner likes the silver/white band more than gold. Also, Platinum is harder and purer than gold (platinum has 95% gold).
5. Now comes the cut you’d want to wear for the rest of your life: solitaires, diamond settings or matching bands. Solitaires showcases all the attention on one stone in a ring: a lot of settings like round, princess, oval and emerald cuts are considered classics. The second one means a big diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds, gemstones. Sapphires and emeralds are a hit in this zone. Finally, matching bands would mean there’d be a unified theme between the bride and groom’s rings. These come in handy where both partners have a similar set of aesthetics.
6. If buying an engagement ring for your man, think of buying a plain platinum/gold band—it’s much classier than the vintage square designs our Fathers had to wear.
7. Finally make sure you have the best quality and clarity in your budget.