There are few things more exciting in life than finding someone you want to spend the rest of your life with and deciding you’re ready to propose.
But before you join the other 2 million people who walk down the aisle each year in the U.S., you have to pop the question, and that typically involves the right ring.
Though a diamond ring remains a strong tradition, the average diamond ring buyer will spend a little more than $6,000 on an engagement ring. There are lots of alternative options for those who still want an amazing ring without the diamond price tag.
According to the bi-annual Knot Jewelry & Engagement Study, U.S. couples report spending an average of $6,351 on the engagement ring. More than half of couples (52%) choose a round cut engagement ring
The simulated diamond ring has become more popular as technology improves the options and people consider the many other ways they can use the money they save.
Before you buy, check out these tips to buying a simulated diamond ring.
Start with Simulated Diamond Ring Research
When it comes to buying a good simulated diamond ring, you need to research your options.
First, make sure that what you’re about to buy is of high quality. Few want to wear a ring which screams fake!
Second, since there are many online stores offering imitation diamond rings do some research and make sure that the company you’re considering is a reputable one. Check whether the company is a member of a jewelry association as membership usually binds them to a strict codes of ethics and conduct.
Third, look for customer reviews online, especially if you can find some outside of the website so they are less likely to be biased.
Finally, make sure the company that sells the simulated diamond rings offers a warranty and a reasonable return policy.
Find out Your Partner’s Preference
Don’t forget to find out the style of ring your partner prefers before you go shopping for rings! You can either look at her current jewelry collection to see if she tends to buy vintage-inspired pieces or if she leans more towards simple and modern. Pay careful attention to stone shapes and observe common trends across various rings.
And though it can be fun to completely surprise your partner when you propose, they might appreciate being asked what kind of style they prefer since many people have strong opinions about the kind of ring they like.
You can also ask friends or family members if they know the style that she wants the most.
If all else fails, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic solitaire ring. The solitaire ring setting remains the most popular and is the right fit for anyone wanting to evoke a powerful symbol of commitment in a simple yet elegant design.
A solitaire ring is timeless, and it allows women to “dress up” the ring with enhancer rings or a more ornate wedding band. Seen above is the Luxuria® LUMIERE diamond simulant ring.
Understand That Simulated Diamonds Are Not Synthetic Diamonds
Simulated diamonds are created from materials that resemble the appearance of genuine diamonds. Though simulated diamonds aren’t synthetic diamonds (which are identical to real diamonds when it comes to what they are made out of), simulated diamonds have different physical and chemical properties.
There are many materials that simulated diamonds might be made from, each with their own durability, clarity, hardness, and color.
Decide Which Stone You Prefer
When comparing the different simulated diamond options, you’ll notice that some stones look more colorless than others. There are also some that scratch more easily than others.
Some of the most common stones for simulated diamonds include the following:
Cubic zirconia has long been one of the most popular diamond simulants because it looks similar to diamond and comes at a very reasonable price.
These are popular substitutes for real diamonds because they are nearly completely colorless. White sapphires aren’t as hard as genuine diamonds, but they are harder than cubic zirconia.
This rare mineral is often used to create diamond imitations made in a laboratory. It looks very similar to a genuine diamond, so much so that most people cannot tell the difference. One way to tell the difference is in Moissanite’s sparkle, which has more colors to it than a diamond does.
Glass or crystal is chosen as a diamond substitute because of its affordability. If you’re on a budget, you might want to consider a glass stone instead of something more expensive. But glass is very soft compared to diamonds, so scratches can appear easily.
Take Size into Consideration
When you’re looking at buying a simulated diamond ring, you might be tempted to assume that bigger is better. However, wearing a simulated diamond that is too big makes it easier for people to notice that it isn’t an actual diamond.
Since most imitations differ from diamonds in one way or another in regards to sparkle and brilliance, a larger stone can make these differences more obvious. Further cut quality is often poor on large stones so they don’t capture the fire, brilliance and scintillation of a well cut smaller stone.
Also, simulated materials scratch more easily than genuine diamonds do and scratches are much easier to spot on large stones over smaller ones.
Finally, try to match the stone size and shape to your partners fingers. An engagement ring for short fingers should help elongate your fingers – no matter their width: Oval, pear or marquise stones help lengthen the appearance of your finger. Rectangular emerald-shaped stones can lengthen short fingers, as long they aren’t so big they overwhelm.
For smaller hands or longer fingers it’s best to keep the overall proportion of your ring small. In this case smaller round cut rings like the Luxuria® D’PROMESSO diamond simulant ring above works especially well.
Don’t Forget the Setting
If saving money is your goal, a simulated diamond is a great option. However, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to choose a simulated centre stone and place it in an expensive platinum setting.
Other options might include a setting made out of white gold or silver. Be aware that if you do choose yellow gold, the metal is softer and less durable than those made of fewer karats.
Ask for Professional Assistance When Choosing
Even with all these tips, you might have a hard time choosing a simulated diamond ring. There are many options available to suit any style and any budget. If you’re struggling to find the perfect ring, seek professional assistance from a trusted seller who has experience selling simulated diamonds.
Browse Our Selection
Now that you know some of the things to take into consideration when looking for the perfect simulated diamond ring, take a look at the many beautiful rings we offer.
Be sure to contact us with any questions you have about our products and we’ll be happy to assist you.