The time has come in your relationship to take the next step. You have been dating for over a year and living together for almost as long. Both you and your significant other are getting restless and something needs to change. You either need to break up or get engaged and start planning a wedding and a life together.
If you decide that this is the person you want to be with for eternity, then you need to propose. In order to propose, you need an engagement ring. An engagement ring is a major investment, and it is expensive, too. Therefore you need to do some research before you step into the store.
First, see if you can find out what your love wants when it comes to a custom engagement ring. While you could come right out and ask, that would both spoil the surprise and let them know you are going to “pop the question.” If you do not want to let the cat out of the bag, then you will need to enlist the help of family and friends. They should be able to find out his or her preferences for you without giving anything away.
One of the best ways to purchase an engagement ring is to buy a loose diamond separately from the setting it will be placed in. In order to do so, you must first decide on what type of metal to have the ring made from. You can choose white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold, as well as platinum, just to name a few.
After you have selected a metal, you then need to decide how many prongs should be used to hold the gemstone in place. You can have four or six. The more prongs, the less likely that the diamond will come loose and need to be reset. If your fiancee to be does a lot of work with his or her hands, you may want to have the stone set in a bezel setting, as it is the most secure.
You next decision is the style of the ring. The most popular are pave, which has small diamonds set on both sides of the ring, halo, where the big diamond is encircled with smaller diamonds, and cathedral, where the stone is raised above the sides of the ring. Another setting that is becoming popular is the three stone setting. A three-stone setting is when two large accent stones are placed alongside the center stone. However, three-stone rings can also have smaller accent stones.
When choosing a setting for a loose diamond, remember to take into account both the cut of the stone, as well as its size. In addition, do not hesitate to ask your jeweler for assistance. He or she is the expert and should be able to direct you on how to make the perfect ring for that perfect person. Once the ring selection is complete, you can then move on to determining the best time and place to ask for his or her hand in marriage.