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10 Questions To Ask When Shopping For Engagement Rings

Shopping for an engagement ring? Here are important questions to consider to find the ring of her dreams. Find answers and that perfect ring now at Kay Jewelers.

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1. First off, what are the 4Cs?

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When inspecting the quality of a diamond, you should remember to look for the 4Cs: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. These are industry standards in place to evaluate the quality of a stone.

2. Is one of the Cs more important?

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Cut is considered one of the most important in dictating the look and feel of a stone. It's what makes the bling go bling, so it's a great place to start, but it's really up to what you consider the most important.

3. OK, so what kind of shapes do diamonds come in?

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There are handfuls of diamond shapes, but most jewelers only offer about six to nine. Traditionally, round has been the most popular, but today, many are gravitating toward more unique cuts to reflect personal style.

4. Which metal should I choose?

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Well, that all depends on your S.O.'s style...but today, white gold and platinum are especially popular. Just an FYI: Platinum is naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s a great choice for those with sensitive skin.

6. Will my warranty cover a replacement if a stone falls out or a prong breaks?

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Accidents happen! Make sure you know what your warranty and insurance cover. As a backup, have all information on the ring available so that if something does happen, you're able to verify how the stone and ring were originally priced.

7. Will we need to bring the ring back every six months to be inspected?

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Frequent inspection by a professional can help identify potential issues, like a weak prong, before they cause bigger problems (*cough* losing a diamond *cough*).

8. Do you provide free cleanings?

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An engagement ring is an everyday piece of jewelry. After lots of wear, it'll lose some of its luster. A free cleaning or re-dipping at any cost is something nice to have to keep it shining brightly.

9. May I see the certificate for the diamond?

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Make sure the diamond that's in front of you matches everything that's written about it on its paired certificate. This is important for future appraisals, upgrades, and insurances.

10. ...ask YOURSELF: Am I excited about this ring?

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An engagement ring is one of the most important purchases you will ever make — because, you know, you just want her to wear it every day for the rest of her life. So make sure you're happy and excited about the ring you've selected.

Now that you're ready, head to Kay Jewelers and get ready to start the rest of your happily ever after!

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