Elizabeth Paddock, Bridal Specialist, Cartier


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The famed French jewelry company, Cartier was founded in 1847. Attracting royalty, celebrities and socialites for over 150 years, some of the world's most exquisite pieces of jewelry were created by the talented jewelers and watchmakers at Cartier. In 1895 the company created an engagement ring setting, Solitaire 1895, and over the years several other engagement ring settings followed: Ballerine, Declaration, Honeymoon and C de Cartier. We asked Elizabeth Paddock, Bridal Specialist at Cartier's flagship store in New York City for her expert tips on how to shop for an engagement ring. Here's her advice: —Anne Chertoff

Most brides and grooms have heard about the 4 Cs (cut, clarity, color and cost), but what else should they look for in an engagement ring?

I would tell a couple to visit a reputable jeweler so you know you have quality on your hand. Once at the jeweler, be open-minded. Often a bride comes in with an image of what she thinks she wants...

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