With many things in life, experience is key, but when it comes to buying engagement rings, it’s a unique thing in life! Here’s practical advice and Insider tips really helpful, and we share a lot of it in today’s feature! No matter how much you think you know the style of your other half, engagement ring purchases can be pretty intimidating. It’s hard to know where to start and how to make sure you get good value for money. But don’t worry, the One Fab Day Team is here to help you! Follow our buying tips for engagement rings and you will soon have everything you need to answer the question! Oh, and make sure you scroll to the end of the feature, where you will find links to many most useful features on the proposal, as well as instructions on different ring styles.
But first, a word of caution!
Before you start, take some time to determine if your other half will appreciate having an engagement ring selected for you. Countless brides have told us that they are absolutely hit by the gem their partner has chosen, but this is not the right way for everyone. An engagement ring is a lifelong commitment, and it is natural that many people prefer to choose their own. If you are not sure what your other half thinks about the topic, you can always ask a friend or relative to subtly invite him to the topic or play him safely with a token ring, and choose the actual ring together at a after date.
Engagement Rings Shopping Tips: Before Shopping
1. You start with the question of what kind of Ring to your Partner. This can be antique, vintage, classic, contemporary, ethical, or non-traditional. The best way to do this is to see your favorite jewelry to get inspired, as well as your wardrobe and the decor of your home. If you are obsessed with the 1950s, for example, you should consider visiting some vintage jewelry stores. If your partner’s preferred property is a couple from Tiffany & Co. Earrings, on the other hand, you know that you appreciate a classic style.
2. Take a look at your jewellery collection to find out which metal you prefer to wear, be it silver, white gold, yellow gold, platinum or rose gold. In most matters you have a clear preference for one compared to all the others. If you can’t access your jewelry collection, ask a trusted friend or relative.
3. Create a budget and stick to it! You should be able to find a nice ring on virtually any budget, so don’t worry if it’s not as big as you want. You will be married to this person for a long time, so there will be many other ways to buy jewelry! If you set your budget, it’s a good idea to do some research – this feature is a must! – so you can adjust your expectations to your budget.
4. Create a list of stores to visit. Our list of recommended jewellers is a good starting point, just like this feature, but it’s also worth asking married friends for their favorites and looking for specialty stores that could store the ring style your partner would like. This could include antique and vintage jewelry stores, customized jewelry studios and online stores. Our function to purchase an engagement ring online has many tips for buyers who are going this way.
5. Do your research. If you are buying a diamond ring, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the four Cs: cut, clarity, color and carat. Together they help determine the price of a diamond, so knowing a little more about them will help you figure out if you are getting a good deal. It is also good to know terms such as” improved clarity”, which means that the stone has been altered (filled fracture, irradiated or treated with a laser) for a better look.
6. Consider some of the ethical issues surrounding engagement rings and diamonds that involve both human rights and environmental concerns, especially if your partner is passionate about the issue. There are many beautiful conflict-free, fairtrade, sustainable, recycled and ethical options on the market, it’s all about what questions to ask.
Engagement Rings Shopping Tips: Your Shopping Trip
7. If you are not very confident that you can choose the perfect ring, it is a good idea to ask a family member or friend to join you on your shopping trip. This should be someone who knows the taste of your partner on the head, and whom you can trust to be honest with you. Many potential candidates have told us that they have found the last call quite overwhelming, so it is good to have someone with you to reassure them, or indeed, let them know gently that they are on the wrong track.
8. Go shopping as soon as possible. You may have visions of rolling through the first jewelry store on your main street and finding it right away, but in reality you’re still empty-handed after visiting the eighth boutique. Allow yourself plenty of time before your planned proposal to find the right ring. It’s a purchase you don’t want to rush!
9. Avoid shopping at Christmas or when Valentine’s Day approaches, as this can be extremely difficult for jewelers. If you are planning a seasonal offer, it is even more important to give you enough time to shop.
10. This may sound like an obvious trick, but when you look at engagement rings, take your time and be patient. If you haven’t found a ring that you think your partner will love, you probably haven’t found one on the right one yet. There is no shame in asking the jeweller many questions and paying multiple visits to the same store, so you do not feel compelled to buy immediately. Your other half will really appreciate the effort.
11. If your ring contains a diamond or gem, always ask for the accompanying certificate. The most widely recognized publications are published by GIA (the Gemmological Institute of America), HRD, IGL, EGL and AGS.
12. If you know that your Partner will wear a wedding ring, his engagement ring, are you looking for a Ring that perfectly fits to a straight Band, you can ask your jeweler about it, if you are not sure. You can always match a customized wedding band to an engagement ring, but keep in mind that it may involve higher costs and delivery time.
13.It may be worth considering alternative gems to diamonds if you think your partner would love them, but give yourself time to look for them. Engagement rings are usually worn every day, so they are a little punished, which is why hardy diamonds are so popular. Softer stones such as pearls and opals, for example, are just as beautiful, but are relatively easy to damage.
14. You leave the shop without a receipt, or a detailed description of the ring you need for insurance claims or repairs.
15. Organize your engagement ring insurance as soon as possible, ideally as soon as the Ring in your possession. Unfortunately, mishaps can happen even before you have asked the question.