Just like choosing which career path to follow, finding a home, or buying a new car ‒ selecting an engagement ring is one of the most critical decisions to make. You want to take your relationship to the next level, but it’s quite common to feel overwhelmed when you start looking for the perfect ring.
For most men, buying your lady’s engagement ring is probably your first experience in the world of jewelry. You may walk into a jewelry store, intimidated by the concepts and terms you’ve never heard of your entire life.
Never fear! We’ve put together an ultimate guide to help you purchase an engagement ring and nail it like a pro.
If you’re a groom-to-be, buying an engagement ring is probably one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Take note, however, that the price tag won’t be the same for everyone. Just because your best friend spent approximately ten grand on a ring doesn’t mean you have to pay the same amount as well. With a vast selection of engagement rings out there in the market, setting first a budget makes it easier to narrow down the selection.
Picking the quality of the diamond is what every man should be looking for when purchasing a ring. Fear not ‒ we’ll run you over with the four c’s, and give you shopping tips and recommendations.
A diamond’s weight is measured in carats. While doing your research, you might wonder why some rings have the same carat but are selling at varying prices. The carat is the most influential element in determining the cost of the diamond. However, the other c’s influence this as well.
Clarity serves as the second predetermining factor on the overall price of the diamond and refers to the blemishes on a diamond’s surface. It’s the inclusion of the actual diamond as well as the color found on those inclusions. A gemologist usually determines the grade of the diamond after careful examination.
Diamonds are made up of carbon. A 100% pure diamond usually has no impurities and is entirely colorless, thus more expensive.
A diamond’s style is based on the original shape where it is first mined. Also, see to it that whatever engagement ring you’ll buy, you have the required amount of paperwork that’s associated with the highest grading standards possible.
The best ways to find out your woman’s ring size is to bring the ring that she isn’t wearing to the jeweler and have it measured. Sometimes, being a little bit sneaky allows you to maintain the surprise factor. While she’s away, take a ring from her jewelry box or tell one of her closest friends to pocket it while on a visit to their house.
If you can, get the ring that’s she doesn’t wear so much. That way, she’s less likely to take notice of its absence.
While setting a budget is the first step, you also have to think about your fiancée’s style. What kind of jewelry does she own and like? What type of ring can imagine her being proud of wearing?
Take note that not everyone prefers the traditional platinum band with a diamond of the center. Your future fiancée would appreciate it if you took the time to think about what ring to buy. It shows how thoughtful you are.
Think about the style that she loves, and what makes her unique. Get creative! Finding a custom jewelry store tailors each design explicitly, ensuring that it’s the perfect fit.
If you do end up buying an expensive ring with expensive materials, take an insurance policy on it just in case. You might be surprised that there are plenty of insurance policies with different options to ensure the entire purchase process goes smoothly. Talk to an expert jeweler as well as the people your trust before ultimately making a purchase.
Popping the question is nerve-wracking enough. Can you afford to be uncertain with the ring you’ve chosen? Of course, not! Hopefully, this guide will help you select the right engagement ring for the woman of your dreams.
I'm Alexe a co-partner of a bespoke custom jeweler, Culet Diamonds from New Zealand. It is our passion to help men and women all around the globe to understand diamonds and make their engagement and wedding dreams, come true.
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