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If you are in the market for an engagement ring, you have a fun but demanding challenge ahead of you. Finding the perfect engagement ring takes a bit of time and effort. More importantly, it takes a knowledge of rings as well the style of one’s significant other.

The Perfect Shape

When examining rings, take a close look at each’s shape. Shape refers to the stone’s geometry while the cut refers to angles of stone facets. The shape matters more than most other characteristics. Does your fiancee prefer a round diamond, or perhaps the square princess cut? Diamonds are also available in oval, pear and heart shapes.¬†Find out what shape your¬†fiancee adores and keep it in mind when hunting for her engagement ring.

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Quality Setting

The ring must have a high quality setting. The setting refers to the metal framework where the stone is placed. The setting really has the potential to add or subtract to the stone’s beauty. Some choose to combine opposite stones and settings to create a more complex and intricate aesthetic.

Focus on the Stones

When examining loose stones, inspect them with a loupe. This is the handheld magnifier that just about every jeweler has. Your Snow’s Jewelry stone expert will guide you around the stone, telling you exactly what to look for. Diamonds of one carat or more should be sold with a gem report. This is the gemologist’s review of the stone’s color. It should also have a clarity assessment.

Metal Matters

There are plenty of metals to pick from for the band. Platinum is quite popular as it stands the test of time and won’t disturb sensitive skin. Gold can be found in many different shades including rose, yellow, white and green. Palladium is also another popular option. Recycled metal bands that combine gold, platinum and other materials have also entered the marketplace.

Know her Look

If you find that you don’t have as strong of a sense of your significant other’s style as you originally assumed, don’t be afraid to take a look through her wardrobe. Or, find ways to mix in questions about fashion, style and her personal preferences in the weeks leading up to your engagement ring shopping. A last resort is to ask a friend or family member for help, but make sure they keep it a secret.