This Is the First Thing You Need to Consider Before Proposing
So you’re ready to pop the question. It helps to have a ring that she can’t say no to. This is not something you want to get wrong. The first step is finding a trusted jeweler for this milestone event in your life. Denovo Diamonds, with branches in Century City Mall and S Maison in Conrad Manila, is easily your reputable go-to.
If you’re a busy man who prefers a quick purchase, there is a variety of designs all ready for your choosing. But if you have a little more time, the expertly trained staff will gladly go through the four C’s—cut, color, clarity, and carat—with you, whether it’s for a ready-made or bespoke ring. Why one diamond sparkles more than the other is something you will now thoroughly understand. It’s the effect known as its “fire.” There are some technicalities that go into it, which make the selection process all the more interesting, as each and every diamond is literally one-of-its-kind that it even has laser-inscribed serial numbers that you will see under a microscope. With this, you can be certain that the grading given to you is true and accurate as each diamond comes with a certificate (with the serial number) issued by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world’s most trusted diamond grading laboratory that also created the 4 C’s.
Before going to the store, visiting their website will be helpful. Say, you want something between P200,000 to P500,000, a few clicks will narrow down your selection. And there is something for practically any budget as their range goes from 40 grand to 3.5 million.
You can also use the in-store laptop while getting assistance from the staff—who will also serve dessert and coffee if you wish, making you feel at ease. Of course, you don’t need to buy anything on the spot. For most men, it takes about a week to a month from the first consultation to the actual purchase. If it comes down to choosing from two or three rings, why not ask the opinion of one of her closest friends before you seal the deal?
Diamond shape is also a big deal to some women. Denovo offers the round, princess, heart, emerald, oval, and cushion cuts. It would be best to take a cue from the type of jewelry she already owns. Is she more modern or classic? Would a two-carat round-cut rock suit her personality? Would she prefer to throw tradition to the wind and make a bit more of a statement? As this is something you would want her to wear for life, it would be good to know the shape and style that best suits her.
You can also customize to your heart’s content. If you find a photograph of a design you like or are inspired by different elements you would like to draw from or even combine, you can collaborate with the Denovo artists who can and will make it happen for you.
And lastly, a tip: If you can sneak out a ring from your girlfriend’s jewelry box and bring it to the store, this will save you from the need to resize it and will get you that perfect fit when you ask for her hand. But if you can’t get her ring size before popping the question, don’t worry. Know that the engagement ring you will purchase from Denovo comes with a lifetime warranty, which includes resizing, polishing, and stone checking.