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“Design” Your Own Engagement Ring

The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has designed the ruby ring that adorns the finger of his lovely wife, Priscilla Chan. The couple got married on May 19 at a very low key wedding ceremony. There were just 100 guests.

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Most guests at his home in Palo Alto, California, were thinking that they would be attending Chan’s medical school graduation celebration. But they were happily surprised to stand witness to the event as Zuckerberg tied the knot with his longtime Girlfriend, Priscilla Chan.

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Zuckerberg’s ring is studded with a “very simple ruby”. It says a lot, as ruby is the gem of love and passion and is the most favored choice as an engagement ring. The Facebook CEO is not the only person who designed his own ring. Recently, the 16-carat diamond engagement ring with an elongated, tablet-shape center stone that Brad Pitt presented to Angelina Jolie was designed by Pitt himself.

According to reports, it took nearly a year to make the ring. Interestingly, these famous men have known their girls for quite some time now. Zuckerberg knew Priscilla for nine years, while Pitt knew Angie for seven years. So, the question is, do you have to know your girl for this long before you can be in a position to design your own ring? This may scare all men out there who are looking for the best ring to pop the question. Relax!!! This article will help you pick the right one.

According to jewelers, men have a lot of pressure on them to choose just the right engagement ring. Even Marion Fasel who is the co-author of the book “With This Ring: The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Jewelry”, has said that purchasing a ring is a big moment of pride for men. Some guys even wait several months so that they can save up for just the right one. However, there is no need to break the bank for this.

She says that if you have a ring that has been passed down from one generation to another, then it can be a very good choice, as it brings with it some of the fondest memories. She says that Prince William’s decision to present Kate Middleton with the 18-carat sapphire engagement ring of his mother, the late Princess Diana, was really applaud able. Ms. Fasel said that with this one piece of jewelry, he brought his mother into the conversation for everyone.

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Coming back to our topic, the engagement ring, whether it is from the family vault or from a jewelry store, is the most important and romantic piece of jewelry a woman will ever receive in her lifetime. And that’s precisely why it is so important. Another reason why men are so stressed out for the engagement ring and its presentation is because of the fact that, it is nothing less than the first test of marriage, says Ms. Fasel.

So, let us now list out a few things that you will need to bear in mind when you are buying an engagement ring. You must learn about the Four C’s, settings and shapes of the ring, as this will definitely help you. But you should also keep in mind the timing. This is important because a custom ring can take up to six weeks to make. So, if you don’t have that much time, then you will have to pick one that is instantly available with the jeweler.

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Here’s another word of caution for all those who are planning to surprise their lady by getting the ring on their own. Remember, you should find out from family and friends about the type of diamond/setting she would like. This is always a good idea. Also, before looking for a ring, figure out how much you wish to spend. This way, you will be able get the best option without making a hole in your pocket.

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Another challenge we have seen many couples face with their rings is about getting the right ring size, particularly if you are buying it online. At Angara, we have a ring sizing guide to help you here. All you have to do is just take a printout of this sheet. Now, choose the existing ring that correctly fits the intended finger. Position the ring on top of the circle and match the inside edge of the ring that is nearest in size. If the ring is in between two sizes, then you should choose the larger size. If you do not have the sample size, then go for the size ‘6’ for women – this is the best option for resizing.

A common perception that many men have is that, “the larger the stone, the better” it is. In reality however, quality of the stone is equally important, because poor-quality stones look really dull and cracked. They will keep on deteriorating over time. So a smaller, but better quality diamond or gemstone in the end is a better option, as it is sure to last longer and look more stunning.

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Finally remember that an engagement ring and wedding band is to be worn every day. So it is important that you get a ring that matches your lifestyle, and not just the largest one you can afford.

Hope this article helps you find the right ring. Do please share your stories with us and the picture of your engagement rings. Here at Angara.com, we make precious jewelry that dazzles. Your comments and feedbacks will help us serve you better. You can reach us at webmaster@angara.com, you can even share your thoughts and opinion about your favorite celebrity engagement rings.


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Editor-in-Chief, Marketing Manager and Personal Jeweler for Angara.