I hope you are all enjoying your July. Ours has been fun filled and I am loving every minute of it!
Every summer we go up to New Hampshire at least once to visit family, this is where we will be next weekend. NH is a shop-a-holics dream, as they do not have any sales tax YAYYY!!! We will be buying my wedding band in NH to take advantage of the lack of sales tax, and because they seem to have more jewelers than Rhode Island so they are all willing to beat the other guys prices. Next weekend we plan on spending some time wedding band shopping to get a better idea of prices and options. This may not come as a surprise, but I already know what I want...... 1 carat, 5 stone, white gold, prong setting, G/H color and VS1/VS2 clarity...try saying that 5 times fast. I think it will look perfect with my engagement ring, and I am secretly pulling for a match to my dream band for our first anniversary (fingers crossed).
One thing any couple or soon to be engaged young man should have before stepping foot in any jeweler is a diamond education. Not knowing what you are looking at or paying for can be the biggest downfall of any engagement ring or wedding band purchase. At first glance any diamond ring looks perfect and sparkly and like something you should already own. To the untrained eye, every diamond looks the same. However, like people, no two diamonds are ever the same, and you want to know what you are paying for before you make a purchase.
Diamond education 101:
The Four C's - Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat
Cut - almost every woman has a cut that she prefers and one that is a close second. It is best to check with her, and this can easily be done through the best friend. (get her phone # ASAP). The cut that will sparkle the most and look the most brilliant is the brilliant cut, also known as round. There are 7 basic cuts with many variations.