Are you (or someone you know) popping the question soon and shopping for an engagement ring? Understandably, it may seem a bit overwhelming at first. After all, there’s so much time, energy, money, and thought that goes into picking the perfect engagement ring. What style does she like? How much should I spend? Where do I start looking? Should I look for custom handmade rings or buy from a large chain? Does she want a diamond or an alternative engagement ring? Today we’re sharing seven tips for picking an engagement ring to help you shop. Read on to find out more…
7 Tips for Picking an Engagement Ring
1. Pay attention to the style and shape she likes best.
Besides knowing about the 4 C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat), it is essential to know what shape stone she likes best. Some examples are pear, marquise, princess, emerald and round, just to name a few.
2. Don’t guess on a size.
If you don’t know her ring size and want to find out (without ruining the surprise), use one of these to measure a ring she already loves to wear. Don’t assume the size; it won’t fit.
3. Do your research before you buy.
Avoid shady jewelry stores or pawn shops. Read about jewelry stores online and find out other shoppers’ comments before making a purchase. Find out about financing options, the return policy, and make sure you always get a certificate of authenticity when buying a diamond. Make sure the retailer is GIA-certified. And, make sure the ring comes with a warranty.
4. Ask for her hand in marriage.
Ask her father for permission to marry his daughter. It means the world to her (and her family).
5. Don’t assume a custom ring always means more expensive (or difficult to do).
If she wants a custom ring (or you think a custom design suits her style best), don’t automatically assume it will cost too much. There are some fantastic custom rings in The Marketplace with artisans ready (and excited) to bring your design to fruition. For instance, if you have a family heirloom or vintage diamond you’d like to incorporate, a custom order is a great option. Barbara Michelle Jacobs Jewelry says they love to incorporate vintage diamonds in lieu of a brand new diamond (it’s more eco-friendly) for a custom order. (Find out more about vintage diamonds here.) Here’s an example of a vintage diamond set in a beautiful brand new setting:
6. Buy what she wants.
It’s her ring and you want her to love it. She is, after all, going to be wearing it every day. Make sure you listen to what she wants and find a ring that suits her unique style and individuality.
7. Don’t become too obsessed with the size or cost.
What can you afford? Chances are you’ll have a certain budget in mind… stick to it. Don’t be pressured to get a certain size diamond or spend a certain amount of money. Love isn’t measured by the size of a diamond or the cost of it. Remember, the point of an engagement ring is the promise you make… and that is the most important part of all.
Now it’s your turn…
What engagement ring tips would you add to our list?
Tell us with a comment below!
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