Carat - Refers to the weight of the stone. Most people confuse carat with the size of the stone, when it is actually a measure of the weight of the stone. True the bigger the weight usually the bigger the stone, but don’t be confused when you think of carats you need to think weight. The cut of a diamond can make it appear much larger or smaller than its actual weight. While some value carat above all, others prefer a small ring regardless of budget. If you’re buying a ring as a surprise for someone, consider their taste in jewelry and buy accordingly. If they’re not someone who wears a lot of designer labels or big jewelry, perhaps you’ll want to opt for a smaller stone.
There are a few factors to consider when shopping for an engagement: ring. One of the first being will her engagement ring be used in conjunction with her wedding ring? Most engagement rings are worn with the wedding ring so you will want to keep this in mind when selecting a style of ring. You’ll want to buy something that can fit to a wedding band since most women have their engagement ring and wedding bands soldered together. Most jewelry stores offer a selection of bridal sets which include an engagement ring and a wedding band that is made to fit together.
The second thing to consider when purchasing the ring is the cost involved. We have all seen the infamous advertisement suggesting two months salary should be spent on his fiance’s ring but, as much as we would like that to happen, it is not always realistic. Remember, the engagement ring you are purchasing for your bride is a symbol of your love and your long-term commitment toward her. Keep in mind the amount of money you spend or the size of the stone does not equate to the strength of your love, Basically, do not go overboard and buy a ring that you will still be paying for when your first child is beginning college!