En­gage­ment Ring

Need a ring? Don’t speak flu­ent jew­eller? Our five- minute bling glos­sary is here to help.

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter -

Ring shop­ping. You’re set to choose your life-long bling with your soon-tobe groom, and now you need to know your ass­cher from your carré, your emer­ald from your baguette. Look no fur­ther – while jew­ellery de­sign and metal and gem knowl­edge is a sci­ence in it­self (you’d need years of ex­pe­ri­ence to be­come an ex­pert) – this sum­mary will help you brush up on your jew­ellery jar­gon just enough to, hope­fully, be able to fol­low what your jew­eller’s on about, with­out hav­ing to ask for a dic­tio­nary at the end of ev­ery sen­tence.

An in-per­son con­sul­ta­tion is, af­ter all, the best way to buy jew­ellery, which brings us to our top ad­vice: don’t be tempted to buy stones on­line with­out see­ing them in per­son first. While on­line gems may come with re­ports, these doc­u­ments don’t al­ways tell the full story. For ex­am­ple, they might speak of a small im­per­fec­tion in the gem’s cen­tre – but there’s no way to tell if it’s a dark, no­tice­able mark, or a crys­tal-like quirk that’s ac­tu­ally kind of pretty. There’s very rarely such a thing as a bar­gain when stone shop­ping, so re­mem­ber the old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it prob­a­bly is.

But for now, onto the jew­ellery les­son – you’ll be wear­ing the sparkler of your dreams in a flash.

Head Cen­tre stone Side stone Ac­cent stones Gallery rails/ bear­ing Bridge Siz­ing area Hall­mark Shank Shoul­der Prong Gallery

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