You just made one of the biggest choices of your whole life.
You’ve decided to propose to the woman of your dreams.
You’re sure about her but less sure about the engagement ring shopping process. While her best friends, your parents, and your friends are helpful it’s time to get some professional help.
That’s why we’ve put together some tips for buying an engagement ring that will make sure you’re making the right choice.
5 Hot Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring
Every bride is unique and special, just like every engagement ring is. However, we put together some universal tips to help demystify the engagement ring shopping process.
1. Consider Your Lifestyle
The three most important considerations when shopping for an engagement ring are metal, budget, and size of the gemstone. While metals and sizes may seem mostly the same, knowing which is right for your bride starts with keeping her lifestyle in mind.
For example, many brides are drawn to the pricier platinum for their bands. Platinum will scratch easier than silver though, and if your bride-to-be is more active or has a hands-on job you can save some money and go with silver.
You know your bride best, don’t be afraid to ask specific questions based on her lifestyle and preferences.
2. Size Does Matter
When looking at diamonds the beginning point for any shopper is going to be size.
Deciding with your bride to be, or asking her BFF, on how big the stone should be will influence other decisions such as cut, style, and if there are accent gems.
But how are diamonds measured? Diamonds are measured via carats, which is a jeweler term for weight. The more carats the more expensive the diamond will typically be. The scale goes roughly from 1 carat to 5 carats.
Bigger may not always be better. The bigger the diamond the more of a statement piece the ring will be, and it may not stack with a wedding ring. Getting a feel of how flamboyant your fiance wants her diamond is key to choosing a ring that reflects her.
3. Making the Cut
Diamonds actually look and feel different depending on the cut. No matter how many carats are in a diamond, a rough cut can make the stone look cheap.
The most popular cuts for an engagement ring are round, princess, and square cut. Recently, pear and marquise-cut diamonds are becoming more popular for their vintage appeal.
Look at pieces of jewelry that your bride to already own is a good way of seeing what cuts she prefers. Trust your gut when looking, and be sure to work with a jeweler that will show you different cuts.
4. Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Gone are the days of everything bridal being white and silver! Modern brides are incorporating more and more color into every aspect of their weddings.
Diamond rings with diamond accents are a traditional and classic look. But it can also be somewhat generic, and it’s a good idea to explore your options.
Sapphires, amethysts, and even clear pink morganite not only make the ring stand out, but these accents can make a center diamond look more stunning. You can also stick to diamonds but branch out to yellow or chocolate diamonds.
5. Get Expert Advice
In our technological age, there are almost unlimited choices when you’re making a purchase. While you may get a good deal ordering shoes or razors online, this is one purchase that you want to do in person.
Working with a reputable and GIA certified jeweler and diamond expert ensures that you’re getting the best diamond at the best price.
Many places that source their own gems are also able to customize and custom design the perfect ring for your bride to be. There’s no reason to go it alone when making one of the biggest purchases of your life.
Time to Find the Perfect Ring
Congratulations on taking this momentous step! We hope our tips for buying an engagement ring have inspired you.
The next step is to go out and start looking for the perfect ring.
For more information and to make an appointment contact us.