If you're on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring, you probably know about the all-important "four Cs": carat, cut, clarity and color, traits now touted as the be-all / end-all of engagement rings. Sadly, as a result of changing trends driven by the jewelry and fashion industries -- and an ever-increasing emphasis on material status -- the true symbolism and meaning of the ring can become lost.
Ultimately, your ring is a gift that symbolizes the promise of commitment to love, honor and cherish. So, for you women out there lucky enough to get a say in your ring, here are four other Cs -- based on astrological perceptions.
This factor should be weighted heavily by Aries, Taurus and Gemini; it's all about the "squeal factor." When your friends see your ring, you want them to jump up and down with excitement because it's so cute. Not only that, but your ring should bring a smile to your face whenever you see it sparkle.
Notoriously romantic and creative, Pisces, Leo and Cancer women are looking for a ring that will forever remind them of their union. Skip the mall and instead look for something with history and a meaning that will spark your imagination. Explore vintage styles and estate jewelry sales.
If you're an Aquarius, Scorpio or Sagittarius, set your sights on something bold, unique and different. You won't be satisfied with a small diamond solitaire, so open your mind to different types of stones –- a beautiful topaz or sapphire could make your heart sing. Allow yourself to be non-traditional and let your ring reflect who you are as a couple.
Capricorn, Libra and Virgo know how important an engagement ring is, and they'll need to have a big say in the decision -- Capricorn and Virgo because they're practical and have an amazing ability to spot flaws, and Libra because they've dreamed of this their entire lives. Get together with your mate, take him by the hand and leave nothing to chance, explaining that it's written in the stars that you should help pick out the ring -- and that, in the end, he'll be grateful you did!