Everything You Need To Know Before You Put A Ring On It! *Tips, Tricks & Ideas!
BY Apoorva Pagar | 20 Apr, 2017
Are you getting engaged or planning to pop the question soon? Do the 4 c’s at every jeweller shop confuse you? Don’t worry; you are not the only ones! That is why we bring you the ultimate ring buying guide so you can shop like a pro the next time you hit the stores. After all diamonds aren’t cheap and not everyone can afford a 5-carat rock – so we have to shop smart.
- Cut – No, there isn’t just a round and square diamond. The cuts of a diamond vary and these are the most well-known ones. Find out which ones suit you and you like, because this is one ring that you will wear forever!
- Carat – What is carat? It’s basically the weight (and size) of the diamond. A one carat diamond starts around INR 80,000 and can go up depending on the other factors. Here is a quick chart for you to understand how a 1 carat diamond differs from a 5 carat one!
- Clarity – As the name suggests, it defines the clarity of the stone. After all, no one likes a yellowish diamond! The clear-er the stone, the more expensive and flawless it is. Usually FL to VVS2 is what is preferred!
- Colour – No, this isn’t a whether its pink or blue. Its basically the colours of a clear diamond. The colours start from D, which is the best, and range upto Z, which is on the side of yellow. The preferred ones usually lie between D-H, though the difference is so minute that no one but a jeweller can tell!
Image via Soumya PhotographyCustomization – Liked a stone and setting from two different rings? No problem. You can even customise your ring according to your specifications. Don’t get scared of customization. Communicate with your jeweller and tell them exactly want you need. Budget It – This goes without saying. You don’t want to repent buying your engagement ring, right? Set a budget before you go shopping. That way you won’t give in to the drooling that happens when you swoon over rings! (We promise that it’ll happen!) . On an average a decent 1 carat stone will set you back 1.5 lakh onwards and even a .10 increase in carat increases the price exponentially. So a good trick is to buy a 0.90 carat stone which can knockoff a ton of money but still look as big. Time It Right! – Dearest bride/groom to be, if you are planning to pop the question next week, the ideal time to pick the ring is atleast 2 months prior if you want it made. Or else you can always waltz into a jewellery showroom and pick up one! (You have to get it sized also, so pre-planning works!)