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1. Learn their ring size.
You can be very James Bond about it. Or you can just, like, ask them.
2. Get an idea of what different carats look like.
If you’re looking for a delicate ring, a smaller carat might achieve the look more than a larger carat.
3. Check out even more carats on the average female hand.
While carat is used to refer to the diamond’s size, it actually refers to the gem’s weight. Two diamonds can weigh the same, but appear to be two different sizes, depending on how they’re cut.
4. Or maybe you think diamonds are worthless…
And you’d like to stay away from them completely.
5. And you’d prefer a gemstone instead…
Their birth stone might have special meaning.
6. Or a diamond alternative.
Like moissanite, which is a stone made of a durable mineral called silicon carbide. Learn more about it here.
7. Study this so that you know what you’re talking about.
Because, before this moment, a “shank” only meant something in the context of prison.
8. Know that a diamond ring’s price is mainly determined by the four C’s (carat, color, cut, and clarity).
To save money, prioritize what’s more important (like a really clean cut or incredible clarity).
9. Determine the perfect color.
The clearer or more colorless the diamond, the more expensive it will be. But a slightly tinged stone could have a nice vintage look. And fancy yellow diamonds are growing in popularity.
10. Know your ideal cut.
Is a classic round in order? Or maybe a romantic marquise?
11. Save money by opting for a spread diamond…
A spread diamond is wider than it is tall, meaning it looks bigger than it actually is.
12. Or creating a halo effect.
13. Learn the different codes for a diamond’s clarity.
This is the part where they hand you that cool monocle-type thing to look at the stone. But now you know what you’re looking for!
14. Now, pick your favorite metal…
Find out if they have an allergy to certain metals because, well, that would be awkward. Also, some are more durable than others.
15. And if you’re just getting a simple band, maybe you can splurge a little.
Since you’re not paying for a diamond and all that jazz.
16. Think about how you’d like the band to look.
The bypass style is kind of modern while the cathedral feels very Kate Middleton.
17. Do you want any accent stones?
Maybe a lot of stones around the band? Or maybe just a few?
18. Maybe an embellishment?
Or you might just want to keep it simple.
19. Think about an engraving.
And don’t stress! You can always be super sweet and suggest adding one as part of an anniversary.