So, you have decided to buy an engagement ring, congrats! It is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. Sure, you are buying something for the one you love, but you also have to remember that engagement rings are quite expensive, so you want to make the right decision when choosing. In this article, I will tell you the main points you have to consider when choosing a perfect ring for your significant other.
1. Pick up a Particular Shape/cut
There are a lot of ring shapes to choose from. Every shape, sometimes known as cut, has a different price. Round cuts are by far the most expensive ones, with pear and marquise being a little cheaper. So, if you want a large size ring it can be a good idea to invest in pear or marquise shapes. This is the bare minimum you should research before going shopping, so think carefully and chose one or two favorite cuts for your ring.
2. Choose a Specific Metal
The most common metals used on engagement rings are yellow gold, white gold, and platinum. Which one has its own color, shininess, and softness level. Some scratch more easily than others, or are lighter, and so on and forth. So, it is up to you to choose based on your preferences and on the budget, of course. There is also the option of putting bands on the metal as well, maybe your name or of the couple. Oh, and as a side note, do realize that even though platinum and silver may look alike, their price is significantly different, with platinum being more expensive because of its rarity in nature.
3. Have a Carat Size and Purity Defined
They say quantity is quality on its own. Whether you agree or not, you ought to admit that a big stone is more attention-seeking than a small one. When you are deciding the size of the stone it is important to know more or less the size that your spouse wants. Too big and it might be quaint, too little and she might complain that no one sees her stone. There is also the question of how shiny she wants her stone, but remember, the shiny, the pricier. Not going to lie to you, this one is probably one of the toughest decisions you will have to make, so do your research and have a proper conversation with your partner and/or their close friends about what model she prefers. Look at the bright side, after this stage everything else will be a lot easier. Best of luck.
4. Get both Measures Correctly
It’s kind of obvious, but still very much important. You don’t want a ring that you can’t remove, or one too loose that might fall off while you are jogging. A friend of mine had an experience where she couldn’t remove the ring from her finger, and because of that, she had to go to the hospital. It was a pretty horrible day for her, so, please, make sure to measure the ring correctly. Just go to a specialist store and get your measurements, pretty simple right?
5. Always Buy in Certified Stores
As mentioned before, buying an engagement ring is quite expensive, so do make sure that you are buying in a trustworthy store, with a certification of accredited laboratories. Be careful, some diamonds credited by other labs can have inflated grades and price, giving you the illusion that you are buying some really good ring, but not really. You really don’t want to buy an expensive ring and later find out that it wasn’t as good as you thought it was right? So, trust me, even if stores with accredited labs tend to be more expensive, in the end, that difference in money will be worth it.
6. Know How to Negotiate
As with buying anything of great value, negotiation is fundamental. Instead of going to the store and automatically accepting the price, you should do your research beforehand and be prepared to negotiate with the jeweler. Any decent jeweler will be open to negotiation, and in the case that the negotiation fails, he will be more than happy to recommend to you the best product for your budget. It`s also a good idea to research on the internet the average price of the ring with the specification that you want, but of course that only works if you already have a good idea of your desired ring specifications that you want. If you are still decided about the specifications of the ring, then you should probably go to at least three different stores.
7. Head on to the Wholesale District
A good option is to search for wholesalers to avoid unnecessary costs. A wholesaler or a private retailer is able to work with you on a one-to-one basis, avoiding the extra cost of store-based jewels. Some specialist says that you can save up to 30% by using this method! Now that is a deal. But be careful, and only go to trustworthy persons.
8. How The Ring Will Look With Your Weeding Band
Most people focus only on the engagement ring and sometimes forget that it`s only half of the deal. You should definitely think if your engagement ring will match your wedding band. You don’t want to have an awesome engagement ring that doesn’t match your wedding band or to spend too much money on the engagement ring and forget about the wedding band. Just imagine it, you with a gorgeous engagement ring and a really cheap wedding band because you run out of money, lame right? So always choose an engagement ring that matches your wedding band and make sure to save some money for a decent wedding band.
As we can see there is a lot of factors to decide when buying an engagement ring. There is the shape, the size, the price, the stores, and so on and so forth. In the end, if you are truly serious about buying an engagement ring, then do yourself a favor and do some research beforehand. That simple attitude can decrease your cost immensely and even give you a better final product. And oh, congratulations on the marriage, hope you guys are happy together.