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Symbolic of eternal love and devotion towards your partner, wedding rings hold a significance that goes beyond the idea of them being just a flaunt-worthy accessory. The Ring, metaphoric to a circle that has no end and is infinite just like love, is one of the most loved keepsakes of a marriage. Apart from the hearty meanings that wedding rings behold, they are without a doubt a huge investment; an investment that should be made wisely. A wedding ring is something that your partner is going to wear on their finger forever which makes it all the more essential for you to pick the ring that's best for them.
Wedding ring shopping is not just about going to a jeweler and getting one made. It requires a lot of time and effort and of course, a lot of things that you couples should be keeping in mind before you head out. There are a lot of different variables that you should judge the ring upon before finalizing the one that suits your liking. And that's exactly what this blog is about.
We've listed a few things that you should know and a few tips that you should adhere to before you go buy that ring for your significant other. So go get reading this further because they're going to be a big help to you!
Things to take care of before Buying Your Wedding Rings
1. Be aware of the rates and making charges.
Before you head out for your ring shopping be informed about the metal and the stone market rates. Also, be sure of the making charges that the jeweller is quoting you. Each jeweler levies different making charges which means that you can even try and negotiate for those prices as there aren't any standardized percentage of such charges.
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2. Keep your budget in mind.
It's important that you have an approximate set budget for the ring. Make sure to let your jeweler know about that budget beforehand so that he knows exactly what to show you. For your set budget, he'll obviously try showing you the best options available.
3. Buy only hallmarked jewellery.
First things first, don't buy your wedding rings from any local jeweler. Go only for a trusted jeweler and make sure to buy only hallmarked jewellery. BIS hallmark is a sign of quality, purity, and authenticity of what you're buying. Sure non-hallmarked jewellery would cost you less but, the BIS hallmark is a guarantee of what you're paying for.
4. Go ring shopping together.
Couples these days don't mind doing their ring shopping together and somehow it is a better option than doing it solo. A wedding ring is a lifetime investment and they're going to wear it for the rest of their lives. Therefore, it is essential that you get them something that they love. And there's no better way than taking them along. If at all you want to go solo then be aware of their likes. The metal and the stone they would prefer and the shape they would love amongst square, oval, round, princess and marquise. Also, don't forget their ring size.
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5. The metal you choose.
The metal you choose for the ring makes a lot of difference in the whole look and feel of the ring. Know your bae's preference and decide amongst gold, silver, rose gold or white gold. Platinum for that matter is another great option for wedding rings.
6. Choose from a variety of other stones.
A wedding ring doesn't necessarily mean that it has to be in diamonds or solitaire only. You can choose from a variety of other stones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires or opals. They look edgy and unique and costs less than diamonds. If you're on a tight budget then getting a ring in such stones is the best option.
7. Know the 4 Cs
Having a little knowledge about the 4Cs of diamonds is essential. These are the global set standards for judging the quality of the diamonds.
Cut: The quality of a diamond's cut is conclusive of how well the diamond is going to transmit the light and hence sparkle and shine.
Clarity: The process of making a diamond can result in a few inclusions and blemishes inside. Their absence in the rock determines the clarity of the diamond.
Carat weight: It simply means how much the diamond weighs.
Color: This is basically the color of the diamond ranging from colorless to light yellow. GIA's D-Z color grading scale rates a diamond's lack of color with D being colorless and of course, the better choice.
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8. Don't go ring shopping at the last moment.
Put ring shopping at the top of your to-do list. Finalizing on the best ring would take time and a lot of store hopping. Also, the making of a ring takes time and further would require ample amount of time if some size or design issue arises. Which is why it is best to buy the rings beforehand.
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9. Wearability factor.
A wedding ring is something that you and your partner are going to be wearing on your finger every single day. Buying a gorgeous ring that won't feel good on the finger or would need to be removed often is a big no-no. Consider the lifestyle of your bae before buying a ring for them. If they lead an active lifestyle or work with their hands a lot, avoid huge rocks and wide chunky bands that would disrupt their daily functioning or trap dirt. Just make sure that it's comfy for them.
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