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When buying an engagement ring, the reputation of the jeweler should be of utmost importance. This is the ring your fiancée will love, cherish and respect for all her life and it's a constant reminder of you. With this
in mind, beginning the hunt for the appropriate ring may seem daunting, but with careful planning and searching it can be accomplished.
First off make sure the jeweler you choose is a member of the American Gem Society. Members of this group must adhere to stringent quality specifications and maintain a high level of respectability. Choosing one of
these stores will assure you that you are getting the best quality and are not getting taken.
When in the store, be leery of jewelers who display their stones under bright lights or use different colored lights. They may be doing this to make the diamond seem more brilliant than it actually is. Ask to see the diamond in plain daylight, this will help you notice any and all flaws.
After selecting a ring, make purchase contingent on appraisal by the gemologist you select. Some jewelers have arrangements with appraisers that inflate the actual value of the gemstone, this could make you pay more than the actual diamond is worth.
The Debeer's diamond slogan urges you to spend "two months salary" on the engagement ring, actually 3 weeks salary or 6 percent of your annual income is customary. Remember these are just rough guidelines and feel free
to spend as much as you want and can honestly afford. Also, make sure set up an arrangement with the jeweler about any sizing, tightening or cleaning that is done during the first 6 months--these practices should be free.
Diamonds are the most popular stone for engagement rings. There are four guidelines to look at when purchasing a diamond. They are known as the "Four C's," cut, clarity, color and carat. Clarity is measured by the number
of flaws found in the diamond. It has been considered the most important factor in determining the beauty of the stone. The cut is the shape of the diamond. The most common cuts are round, marquis, pear, oval, and square.
The color of the diamond is also important. Stones that are clear are consider flawless. Finally the carat is the weight of the diamond. Carats can be misleading though. A smaller diamond that is flawless is actually more valuable than a larger imperfect diamond.