Engagement Ring Purchase Checklist...
Giving an engagement ring is the first step in making a joyous and significant statement and will probably be one of the most significant purchases of your life, we understand this. We also understand that getting fabulous value for your money will allow you to present your loved one with a ring you perhaps didn't think you could afford. Here are our top tips to enable you to get a heart-stopping luxury engagement ring at an unbeatable price you can afford.
1. Set your budget.
Some sales people will tell you to spend 2 or even 3 months salary for your engagement ring. It’s easy to get carried away when emotions are running high or you are in a high pressure store, but we would always advise you to spend only what you can comfortably afford. You can also look for responsible finance options, this may allow you to choose a bigger, better ring, easily paid for in installments without losing sight of your budget altogether.
Familiarize yourself with the GIA Quality Grading scales for both diamond color and diamond clarity. As a general rule of thumb you want your diamond to be white and eye clean. The range of color that most people feel comfortable is from D through J. The range of clarity most people feel comfortable is anything that is SI2 or better. No two diamonds are alike, even stones that have the same grade. The best practice is to view different qualities and form your own judgement on what is important to you.
3. Get familiar with what style she likes.
This is one of the most important steps and can be one of the most difficult. If you are trying to surprise her, you will have to do a lot of "snooping around". Ask friends or her relatives if they know what her style or design preferences are. There are a lot of concepts in bridal design to make the ring unique and different for her. If you are unsure or worried about getting it "right", then you can always opt for a simple solitaire design and reset the center stone into a ring of her choosing at a later date.
4. Where to buy.
Where do you buy her engagement ring? This is usually a daunting decision. You need to find a place you feel comfortable. A store where you don't feel pressured into making the wrong decision. Ask your friends or relatives where they bought their engagement ring. A personal referral goes a long way when making such an important purchase. Try to avoid buying a ring on the internet. It is a good place to do research, but a difficult way to buy a ring. As stated before, since no two diamonds are alike (even if they are graded the same grade) and you should really view them in person before you invest your hard earned money into this purchase. A qualified sales person or store owner will be able to guide you in your search for the perfect diamond and ring. They will be able to assist you with any questions you may have and put your mind at ease.
5. Look for upgrade policies.
You may not be able to afford the biggest ring right now, but as your circumstances change throughout your life together you may wish to consider purchasing a larger diamond or new ring for an anniversary or other life celebration. Upgrading your ring when you can afford it is the best way to express your continuing commitment and love. Make sure when you purchase your ring, there is a fair upgrade policy.
6. What about the wedding ring?
Traditionally the engagement ring is followed later by a wedding band. There is a modern trend to combine the two as a matching set, or purchase the bridal set in one go. Some styles of engagement rings require that the wedding ring is carefully chosen to fit with it, so try to find a jeweler you can trust who will be able to advise you accordingly. This will help you to find your wedding rings with ease. We consistently custom make wedding rings to match engagement rings with difficult side profiles.