Choosing the Ring

When it comes to choosing an Engagement Ring, it can be a bit daunting. For men & women!  A diamond ring can be as unique as you are!

At Giraux there are always a few questions we ask our clients before we get started:

  1. Do you have a center stone shape in mind?
    Diamonds come in many shapes and sizes. Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds are among the most iconic, with Cushion Cut Diamonds becoming more popular recently. Once you know your ideal center shape you can choose a ring that will complement it the best! It’s also ok if you’re not sure! We’ve had customers come in looking for a pear, and will leave with an oval. You never know what you like until you try it on!
  2. What do you do for a living?
    Believe it or not your job and lifestyle has an impact on your ring choice. Are you in the healthcare profession? Then you may want a low profile ring so you don’t rip your gloves. Are you in an office all day? Then you can probably get away with a more delicate or higher setting.
  3. Do you want your wedding band to sit flush against your ring?
    Engagement Ring shopping is exciting! You’re probably not thinking about your wedding band yet, but you should be! Depending on your design choice, that wedding band may not sit up against the ring. If you want them close together, you’ll have to plan ahead so it can be designed that way. Whether you want them apart or next to each other is your choice! Everyone is different.
  4. What metal would you like?
    For Engagement Rings there are 4 metal choices: White Gold, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, and Platinum. There are pros and cons to each metal, and you’ll also have to take these into account when shopping. Platinum is the whitest of the metals, but it’s slightly softer than Gold. It’s great for engraving and pave setting, but over time it does take wear. White Gold is more durable, but will lose some of its white color over time, and must be dipped in Rhodium. Yellow Gold & Rose Gold are both great metals if your center stone is slightly yellow, since it helps hide the color.
  5. Do you have a budget?
    We know everyone hates this question. The reason we ask is so we can find the best ring, and the best diamond for the price you’re after. We do not want to show you a stone that you might fall in love with, only to find out it’s just too expensive. By knowing your budget we can make certain adjustments to a ring design such as: lower quality side stones, 1/2 eternity instead of full eternity, a center stone with a slightly lower clarity/color grade, and all of these can help keep the price down but still give you the look you want. When it comes to a diamond, there are so many variables that can change the price. By choosing a 0.98ct stone instead of a 1ct stone you’ll be able to keep that price down and stay in line with your budget. We want you to be happy, and that includes staying in your price range.

    There is much more that goes into Engagement Ring shopping, but these are just a few of the basics that start you off on the right foot!


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