Wedding Wisdom

Tips for Choosing an Engagement Ring

Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, JET experts will help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.” This week, wedding planner and bride-to-be Tami Smallwood, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM, shares tips for choosing bling.  

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

My second favorite season is upon us—engagement season (second to the wedding season, of course)! There are so many great trends this year when it comes to proposals, but the one that tops my list are non-traditional engagement rings.

In the last few years more brides have opted for rings that reflect her own personal swag. We’ve seen a variety of stones, settings and metals. Our girl Halle Berry sports an emerald ring and our beloved Mariah dons a pink diamond. If you are gearing up to pop the question or want to drop a few hints, check out some of my pointers.

Things to consider when selecting a stone other than a diamond:

Let your guy know that you’re not only okay with it a unique ring, but you PREFER it.  When the topic comes up, just let him know that you would love something personalized and that perhaps he can make the center stone one of your favorite stones…maybe even your birthstone.

Review your options.  Are you a girl in love with pearls? Well, don’t rule out this classic.  Pearls, sapphires and rubies can all be used as a center stone in your engagement ring.  Don’t limit yourself!

Buy Smart.  It is important to purchase from a reliable jeweler who has a good reputation.  Invest some time to research your options.  Ask for referrals from friends and check other business references, such as the Better Business Bureau.

If you love the look of a colorless stoneconsider a Moissanite!  I tried to convince my fiancé into buying a moissanite engagement ring… He chose a diamond, but I’m still working on the idea for our five-year anniversary!

Moissanite is a laboratory-created mineral composed of silicon carbide. It is engineered to look like diamonds, but is compositionally and visually quite different from a real diamond. Here is why moissanite is a great option:

Shine bright LIKE a diamond.  Moissanites have a different kind of brillance. When comparing the engineered stone to a diamond, it should be easy to distinguish a moissanite because of its heightened brilliance.  Moissanites trumps the diamond in bling.

More BLING for your buck.  With a moissanite ring costing 50 percent less than a comparable diamond, this option will give you a bigger and brighter ring than its more expensive rival the diamond.

So whether it’s colorful stone or a diamond alternate be sure that your engagement ring is a true reflection of you and your personal style.

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