You have found the one!!! HOW EXCITING!!! Now you have to find the perfect ring. While this can be super fun, there are also several aspects that can be confusing. Allow us to help take some stress out of the process by informing you of a few tips before you begin your engagement ring shopping.
BUDGET WHAT YOU CAN
There is no "right" amount that you must spend in order for the engagement ring to be perfect. Spend what you are comfortable with spending. You can put down as little or as much as you want. Always remember that if the budget doesn't allow for a specific ring, you can upgrade later. Anniversaries are a great time to upgrade later down the line when the finances line up for the upgrade.
SETTINGS AND DIAMONDS THAT ARE SOLD SEPARATELY
When shopping for an engagement ring, you will typically be looking for two items: a center stone and the setting. The center stone is typically a white diamond and the setting is the metal framework that holds the stone. While some do come as a set, you should expect most jewelers to sell the diamond and setting separately.
3. KNOW THE 4Cs
Cut: grading on how the diamond was cut, reflecting light
Color: measurement of how colorless a white diamond is
Clarity: the flawlessness of the diamond
Caret: the weight of a diamond
This is a brief overview, but understanding the 4Cs is crucial when going engagement ring shopping.
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4. PRIORITIZE THE DIAMOND SHAPE AND SET
The center stone is very important for more eyes are drawn to this part of the ring first. Shape can come in all different forms: oval, round, emerald, square, princess and etc.... Be sure to explore every shape before picking the center stone. The setting is important too because they come in a variety of different styles and metals. Most common medals are white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. The choice of metal affects the upkeep of the ring, so choose wisely.
5. ORDER SOONER THAN LATER
Most jewelers are going to need time to obtain your picks. Make sure you order the ring first before planning the proposal. A good standard is to play it safe and order 6 weeks in advance prior to the proposal date. Make sure to connect with your jeweler about the timeframe and allow for some cushion room just in case it takes longer than expected.
6. INSURANCE AND WARRANTIES ARE DIFFERENT
Insurance: Covers if the ring is lost or stolen
Warranty: Covers the wear and tear of the ring
Ask your jeweler about these two different options before investing in an engagement ring.
Overall, do not fret or stress in the process of finding the perfect ring. Remember to spend what you are comfortable with, inform yourself of the 4Cs and different center stones, settings and metals. Also ask questions before buying. Never forget that if you can't seem to find the right ring, you can always custom order one and this is well worth the wait.
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