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Things to Know When Deciding on a Wedding Ring
Things to Know When Deciding on a Wedding Ring
The engagement and wedding rings, these will be very symbolic items in your relationship. Your decision will be a momentous one and your goal set. The circular shape of the wedding ring as long represented the universal symbol of betrothal and everlasting love. The ring being placed on the third index finger was believed in ancient Egypt to be the finger that that holds the vein which leads directly to the heart (romantic yes?). There are some cultures that believe the wedding ring also protects the couple from evil. The diamond became standard in and around 1477 when it was given from a king to his betrothed bride as an engagement.
Choosing a Diamond Ring
There are no rules written or otherwise that the wedding ring must be with a stone of diamond, though you will find that more than 90% of all brides will indeed prefer to have a diamond wedding ring. The rounded shaped diamond cut (called brilliant) is most favored. Among the other shapes diamonds come in are; oval, pear, heart shaped, marquise or emerald cut. The value of a diamond is set by a global standard called The Four Cs: color, clarity, cut and carat. See our article in on The Four Cs for detailed information on this topic.
The centuries have done well at making the gemstones a prized possession for some people who admire their beauty and romantic folklore. The variety of colors that they present have over time developed these folklore into more popular beliefs, for example: sapphires symbolizes sincerity and fidelity, green emeralds is to ensure lasting love, opals represented hope and purity and so on. Gemstone values are also determined by method of The Four Cs and like diamonds no two gemstones are exactly alike. Many of these stones are not rare and so are less expensive than diamonds which makes for a good bargain. Among the affordable in gemstone types are:
Rubies are to date the most valuable gemstones with some even more valuable than diamonds.
Ensure the fit is perfect
Having the ring fit perfectly to your finger may turn out to be more of investment protecting idea than anything else. The comfort of the ring is indeed important but losing it or to have the blood circulation reduced to the finger are risk you would rather not have to deal with. Take the time to ensure that the fit is perfect, not too tight but not too loose.
A rule of thumb would be to use a toothpick or match stick to rotate between the ring and finger. Keep in mind that your finger will under certain circumstances swell and may become irritated if the ring is not a proper fit. Using a match stick is one way to ensure there is enough room to accommodate minor changers to the finger.
Buy safe and stay alert
This diamond is an important investment for you. Risk is a factor in any sale let alone those that are of such fine details that could easily be missed due to salesmanship techniques and tricks. If you are like most couple, detecting fraudulence and imperfections otherwise known as inclusions which are imbedded flaws within the diamond will not be detected. The use of a magnifier with a lens scope of 10X is preferred to see these inclusions and would require your care to details in order to spot some of them. Using the naked eye its almost impossible to spot them at all. Avoid a stone that looks dull, lacks brilliance and presents a cloudy or yellowish look, this can be considered low in value. There are other diamonds however that are called fancies that are deep yellow, these diamonds are very rare and very priceless but would unlikely be present in your ordinary jewel store.
Here are a few good measures of what to do before and after purchasing your diamond ring:
- Do some reading and locate jewel stores that have developed a reputation for business.
- Research their length in service and find out about the policies they have enforced on diamond purchases.,
- Find out about their inventory of diamonds with varying prices.
- Find out through the Better Business Bureau if there are any complaints against them logged
- Keep your receipt of purchase locked in a safe place.
- Pay by credit card preferably, this will provide you with more convenience if or when a situation should arise.
- Always remember before purchasing your diamond or gem to have its four Cs certified (clarity, cut, carat weight and color).
- Have the ring appraised by an independent gemologist (not one referred to by the jeweler).
- Find out if the sale of the ring can be under contingent so that you may have it appraised for your own personal satisfaction.
- Have the jeweler provide you with a written detailed description of the diamond that includes its flaws of all kinds (inclusions, blurs, chips, color etc.)
- Ask the jeweler to explain to you the characteristics of the stone and how it adds to the total value.
- Have the jeweler plot the diamonds flaws and inclusions on a drawing showing the location of the diamonds inclusions. This will work to help you in identifying your diamond should there be a situation that requires you to.
- Have the ring insured especially if it is worth over $4,000.00 dollars. You just never know what may happen until it does. The last thing you want is to have invested so much to loose so easily without supportive options.