How to select a brilliant ring
7 steps to choosing the most beautiful ring for the woman in your life
Set a budget
The first thing you need to do before you walk into a jewelry store is to set your budget. You’ve probably heard the rule that a man should spend at least two-month’s income on an engagement ring. However, this tradition dating back to the 1940s has been overcome by the realities of today’s environment. There is nothing the least bit romantic about getting yourself overwhelmed by debt and falling into a financial morass.
Your girlfriend will appreciate more your intention to purchase an engagement ring than the amount of money you put into it.
It’s no secret that more and more men are coming to the jeweler’s with their girlfriends to select an engagement ring. On one hand, you can be sure your bride-to-be will select a ring that fits perfectly in every way, although on the other hand you’ve denied yourself the opportunity that comes once in a lifetime – to show her how incredibly observant and perfectly romantic you are. Imagine the expression of surprise that appears on your girlfriend’s face when you ask for her hand in marriage, you slip the ring on her finger, and it’s exactly what she wanted!
Find out her size
Usually the easiest way to determine the right size is to secretly take a ring she hasn’t worn in a while and bring it to your jeweler to be measured. But be careful to take
a ring she wears on her left ring finger and if this can’t be done, at least try to remember on which finger she usually wears the ring. It’s also important to know whether she’s left-handed or right-handed. An experienced jeweler can use these clues to recommend the size that will be as close as possible to the correct one. But you can only be absolutely certain when a ring that fits her exactly is measured.
Know her style
Take a close look at the jewelry she likes. Is she wearing a lot of jewelry? Does she prefer yellow gold or another color precious metal? Perhaps there’s a gemstone close to her heart and she’d rather wear it than a diamond?! Does she like simple and inconspicuous stones? Or is her passion instead large and distinctive jewelry? Likewise, think about her personality and character! Is she a social, communicative woman that you know would desire to show off her ring to everyone she meets? If this is the case, select something striking and vibrant! Or is she a sensual woman who rarely wears jewelry? Then choose a ring that’s simple, yet beautifully captivating!
Choose the right precious metal
The most commonly used and also most suitable gold (regardless of color) for producing engagement rings has a purity of 14 or 18 carats. Both these purities are precious metal alloys where gold constitutes an absolute majority of all the metals used, and yet it is hard enough to withstand everyday wear over long years and securely protect the gems set thereon. Higher-purity gold may in an engagement ring be a safety risk due to its low resistance, while a lower purity, such as 9-karat gold, would not meet the fundamental nature of the noble metal under the criteria the experts at BRILIANT would set. There should never be less gold than the other metals in the alloy!« Hide text
Choose the right gemstone
If the woman you’ve chosen has her own dream gemstone, then that is undoubtedly the right choice. A natural sapphire, ruby, emerald, aquamarine, tourmaline, topaz, garnet, citrine, amethyst and many other previous stones can form the perfect heart of your engagement ring, although you should consult an experienced expert at your jeweler beforehand about whether the gem you’ve selected will meet the most demanding criteria for everyday wear over many years.« Hide text
Choose the right style of gemstone setting
gemstone setting is a timeless, classic look that best enhances the gem’s beauty while allowing light to enter perfectly. This setting style is suitable for a precious stone to reach its maximum brilliance.
has a small metal trim that encircles the gem on all sides. This trim may hug the entire periphery of the gem or only part of it. This is a very secure setting and its relatively low, protective profile makes it appropriate for ladies with active lifestyles.
is setting style that consists of single central gem and everal of smaller gemstones set tightly next to each other.