|Announcing your plans
Usually, your parents should be the first to know about your engagement. If your parents live close, you and your fiance can tell them in person. If they do not live nearby, then tell them together by phone.
|Buying the rings
Some grooms may surprise their intended brides by purchasing the engagement ring or using a family heirloom. Other couples wait to pick out the rings together.
|Caring for your diamond
Diamonds are the hardest natural substance found in the world. Because diamonds are so durable in addition to being so beautiful, they make excellent engagement and wedding rings.
|Choosing cultured pearls
Pearls are a popular choice for the bride, her attendants, or as the groom's gift to his loved one. By choosing cultured pearls, you can enjoy the same beautiful lustre, at a much better price.
|Diamonds and wedding bands
Gold is the usual choice for wedding bands. It is available in either white or yellow, and generally fourteen carat or eighteen carat gold is used. Platinum is often used for the prongs that hold the stones because it is the strongest metal used in rings.