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How to Choose an Engagement Ring

How to Choose an Engagement Ring

For time immemorial, the diamond has been the ultimate symbol of romance and love, and the ring, a symbol of fidelity, constancy and commitment. The ancient Romans believed that the fourth finger of the left hand was a direct conduit to the heart itself. But purchasing an engagement ring is part of a much larger decision that goes beyond legend and tradition. The very fact that you’re even considering such a commitment indicates that you’ve already decided to begin your new journey. Whether purchasing your ring from Solitaires, we are here to guide you through the process and help you to select the perfect “gift of love.”
STEP 1: SET YOUR BUDGET
Spend time exploring the various diamond ring options. Make sure you know what is available and are comfortable with what meets your standards. Once you have narrowed your options, begin to establish your budget based on your income, what you feel you want to spend and the quality of diamond you wish to purchase. We will gladly assist you to determine the selection within your budget and hope to be there when the diamond chooses you.

STEP 2: DO YOUR DIAMOND HOMEWORK
The first place most people start when shopping for a diamond, is with the The 4 C's – Cut, Color, Clarity & Carat. This will help you to determine which traits are most important to you, and to find a balance between them which suits your needs. But however important the 4Cs are remember beauty is the only arbiter.
STEP 3: CHOOSE A SHAPE
The shape of a diamond refers to the outward appearance of the diamond, not the “Cut”. Diamond shapes are as varied as people. Whichever one you choose speaks to your own individuality and fashion.


Shape

STEP 4: CHOOSE A SETTING
The setting is what you may think of as the “ring” portion without the center diamond. It is the band (referred to as the shank), any accent stones and the prongs which hold the center diamond.

Setting
METAL: Settings are in platinum, white gold or  yellow gold.

SIMPLE SHANK: A simple, traditional “solitaire” setting where there are no accent stones.

SIDE STONES: These may be tapered stones (or baguettes) on either side of the center stone or
smaller versions of the center stone on either side called a 3-stone ring. The 3 stones represent
the past, present and future.

PAVÉ: Several small diamonds “paved” either halfway around the shank or fully around.

MOUNT: Solitaires recommends 6-prong settings may be used for larger center stones.

STEP 5: SIZING
To ensure the perfect fit, we recommend that you speak with one of our experienced representatives in our store.

Tips on finding the ring size:

- Take any opportunity to "borrow" one of your significant others rings for a moment. With pencil and paper, trace around the inside of the ring. Bring the tracing to us to be measured. For accuracy, remember on which finger he or she wears the ring.

- Offer to take your significant others jewelry to be cleaned, and have one of the rings sized at the same time. To ensure the correct size for an engagement ring, be sure to size something that is worn on the fourth finger.

- Ask your significant others best friend or family member for help finding the right size.


STEP 6: DOCUMENTS
Setting

Once you’ve done your homework and decided on the type of ring, make sure you are obtaining the proper paperwork for your diamond. At Solitaires we provide the Diamond Certification for every diamond purchase. We meticulously catalog and document for you the unique numbered code we give every stone, the color, clarity, carat weight, metal type and the exact cut and measurements. The Diamond Certification is also our guarantee that every diamond we sell is natural, untreated, conflict-free and child labor free. It is made by the same leading security paper company entrusted to produce governmental documents. Its aim is to prevent any potential substitution of the diamonds in the event of a modification to its setting or when being passed from one generation to another.




Setting

In addition, for diamonds purchased that are 1.0 carat or greater we also provide a certificate. This certificate is the blueprint of the diamond. It tells you the diamond's exact measurements and weight, as well as the details of its cut and quality. It precisely points out all the individual characteristics of the stone. Certificates also serve as proof of the diamond's identity and value. A certificate is not the same thing as an appraisal. A certificate describes the quality of a diamond, but it does not place a monetary value on the gem. An appraisal places a monetary value on your diamond, but does not certify the quality of the diamond.






STEP 7: LET US DO YOUR HOMEWORK
The Solitaires collections are beautifully selected diamonds set in classically elegant settings at competitive prices. They come in 3 platinum settings – simple shank, pavé or tapered side stones in either Color G, Clarity VS+ or Color H, Clarity SI+. We have also selected the most popular sizes - .50, .70, 1.0 or 1.5 carats. As with all of our diamonds they are selected not only for their quality but for their beauty as well. Additionally, they come with all of the assurances of any of our engagement rings, but with the added ease of knowing we’ve done the homework.
STEP 8: MAKING YOUR PURCHASE
Your love journey will truly begin when you look into the heart of your diamond, and know, beyond any glimmer of doubt, that you don’t ever want to take it off. 

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