An enduring symbol of love. Even if a bride does not intend to wear her engagement ring on a daily basis, it should still complement the reality of her lifestyle. For those who anticipate wearing their engagement ring with their wedding band, the width of both bands should correspond to the size and shape of the stone as well as the proportions of the bride’s finger. The rings should also be designed to be worn together. As with the style of the ring, the choice of the stone will impact how the ring will look on the bride’s hand. In addition, the color of the stone should complement the bride’s skin tone.
Things to consider… The Four C’s.
Carat and clarity. The Four C’s are the traditional guidelines used to assess the quality of a stone. A carat is approximately one fifth of a gram. The size and location of inclusion – flaws – in a diamond determine its clarity rating. The amount of clarity ranges from flawless to most desirable, to imperfect. The fewer inclusions, the greater the quality and the value.
Cut and color. A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance; more facets, or surfaces, mean more sparkle. Color is determined on a scale from D – the highest – to Z – the lowest. The whiter the stone, the closer it is to a D rating. If possible, the stone should always be appraised by the Gemological Institute of America.