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Choosing the Rings

October 22, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The proposal was special and the engagement period was full of bliss, love and anticipation for the big day.

Now that it's finally here, hopefully you have planned for one of the most vital aspects of your wedding: the

ring.

Style, cost and personality should all come into play when you are selecting the symbolic jewelry that will grace your fingers until death do you part. Since the engagement ring will be paired with the wedding ring in most cases, use it as a guide to building the perfect set.

THE FOUR Cs

According to the American Gem Society, the four Cs of diamonds that brides and grooms should consider are cut, color, clarity and carat.

Cut is the actual fashioning of the diamond and can have the greatest overall impact on the beauty of

the ring. Diamonds can be found in most colors, including blue, yellow and brown, providing an opportunity to customize your ring. Most diamonds possess blemishes or inclusions, but generally not to the point of negatively impacting a ring's overall clarity. The carat is the diamond's physical weight measured in metric carats, and is highly objective. Talk over the four Cs with your ring dealer to find the best option for you and your spouse.

COST (THE FIFTH C?)

The four Cs are crucial tools in determining the optimum rings, but so is cost. There is no cut-and-dried rule for how much to spend on wedding rings, so go into the selection process with an open mind and realistic expectations.

Set a budget on what you want to spend on your rings and stick to it. Some jewelers work on commission, so be ready for their best sales pitch. This also means that they may be willing to negotiate with you to make sure they secure your business.

Arm yourself with knowledge of various diamond and sets, and follow your plan of action.

MATCH YOUR PERSONALITY

Ultimately, you need to feel comfortable with the jewelry that you will sport for many years to come. If you generally do not wear a lot of other jewelry, then maybe a flashy, multicarat diamond is not for you.

Conversely, a largecut ring may be the perfect accessory to your jewelry collection. Match your rings with your personalities to make sure you don't end up regretting your ring-buying decision.

 
 

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