Life events pose a unique challenge because each is a new or infrequent occurrence for which many people have little or no prior experience.
An engagement is no exception to this rule.
When planning your engagement, a little dose of commonsense advice can help
Here is our advice on this topic.
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Engagement and Wedding Rings
|Buying an engagement ring is often the first
big step for a couple planning to be married.
Sometimes the presentation of the ring is
part of a proposal, but many couples prefer
to pick out a ring together. Although a diamond
is the traditional choice for an engagement
ring, any precious or semi-precious stone
is appropriate. An antique or heirloom ring
is always a wonderful choice. If the bride
has a treasured stone from her family, the
groom can have it reset in a new ring.
If you are buying a ring, make sure you use a reliable jeweler who can help you select the perfect ring for your budget. There are four things to consider when purchasing a diamond: caret weight, color, clarity of the stone and the way the stone is cut. Popular styles of cut include brilliant, pear, oval, marquis, and emerald. All four aspects (called the four "c's") affect the price of the ring.
While you are looking at engagement rings, consider what style wedding ring you want. Some rings are sold as sets so that they will fit comfortably together, but it is not necessary to buy them this way. Just make sure the two rings look and feel good on one finger. Couples often choose matching wedding rings if a double ring ceremony is planned, but there is no need for this either. Wedding bands can be set with precious stones. These are often a good choice when the couple decides not to buy an engagement ring. Most wedding rings are engraved with the couples' initials and the date of the wedding on the inside. Make sure you allow enough time for the engraving to be done prior to the ceremony.
For many couples, their rings are their single most valuable and easily lost possessions, so make an effort to protect and insure them.
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