Things to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring
Every man in a committed relationship has to go through this- buying his ladylove an engagement ring. This can be a stressful experience and one where there are high chances of you being ripped off if you do not do your homework right.
In this post, we will see what you need to do before you swipe your credit card at the jewelers’ for that Engagement ring in Denver. You can also go with lab diamonds for your engagement rings.
Set a budget
First and foremost, you need to set a budget that you are comfortable with. Do not go overboard and buy the flashiest diamond engagement ring from the jewelry store in Denver. It could leave you in a pile of credit card debt. Remember, you are entering into a relationship that will have many big expenses- right from your wedding ceremony, honeymoon, house rent, and so on.
Do not take things at face value, you might find a ring amazing and flashy in the showroom, but it is not worth it. Besides, what you like may not correspond to your better half’s choices. What’s more, you might have to face the music for buying a ring that was way too expensive.
Determine your partner’s preferences
It’s your fiancé-to-be who will wear the engagement ring. Though you are paying for it, you have to ensure it is as per her preferences. You cannot just purchase any random diamond engagement ring you saw at the jewelry shop, you have to make an informed decision. How do you get this done? Ask her (sneakily of course). You could make up a story about how one of your friends had to exchange the ring he gifted his wife because she didn’t like it and then ask her views about it. Or you could ask one of her friends to know what she likes. Makes sure you trust this friend so that she doesn’t spill out the beans.
Find out her ring size
You cannot buy a ring for someone without knowing their ring size. This is the universal truth. If you are planning a surprise proposal, you will need to act sneaky and find out her ring size. The easiest way to do this? Borrow one of her rings from her ring box and take it to the jeweler. Alternatively, you could put one of your partner’s rings on your finger and gently slide it till it fits. Draw a circle over that point. Your jeweler would be able to match this measurement using one of his tools.
Another sneaky option could be tying a piece of string to her index finger when she’s asleep. Make sure it fits properly. Take this string to your jeweler who will be able to find out the engagement ring size with this.
Choose the diamond and setting
Usually, diamonds and their settings (the metal framework around the ring) are sold separately, though you can buy pre-set diamond engagement rings at your neighborhood jeweler as I did at Denver Jewelers.
The option for choosing the diamond and setting is based on the time you have. If you are in no hurry to get the engagement ring, you can opt to custom-make one tailored to your partner’s preferences. Here, you can choose every aspect of the ring- from which diamond to use, metal to use to the design (setting) for the diamond. You will have to give the jeweler a month or two to get the ring made. On the other hand, if you want a diamond engagement ring there and then, you can opt for a pre-set diamond engagement ring you can buy and leave on the spot.
Research about the 4Cs
Buying a diamond isn’t something you can do on the go, like getting the groceries at the supermarket. Each diamond is unique, what makes it so is the diamond’s 4C characteristics. The Cut refers to the way the diamond is cut and how much it can sparkle. The Color refers to its clearness-the clearer the diamond is, the better. Each natural cut diamond usually has some of the other imperfections in it. The lesser the imperfections the better the Clarity of the diamond. Lastly, the Carat weight of the diamond finally shows how large a diamond you will need for your ring.
The 4Cs are one aspect you have to choose while buying your diamond for the engagement ring. The other thing that decides the price is the current market dynamics of the local diamond market.
Ask for the diamond’s certifications
Each natural cut diamond comes with its own certifications proving the authenticity of its features. These are issued by organizations like the GIA or IGI. Before paying for it, do ask the jeweler to provide you the diamond’s certifications. This could come in handy if you need to sell the diamond sometime in the future.
Choose the metal and setting
Again, this is based on personal preferences and budget. You can choose from white gold, platinum, yellow gold, and rose gold. Choose a design (setting) that your fiancé-to-be will love- you can choose the metal-based on your budget.
You could also add some semi-precious gemstones that could add to the aura of the diamond. This could include rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and many more. Take time to go through your jewelers complete diamond engagement ring range to make an informed decision.
The best part of shopping for an engagement ring is that you can lower its price by getting the ring custom-made with more budget-friendly metals. For example, you could get a diamond-encrusted platinum ring made with silver and lab-grown diamonds for a much lesser price.
Remember, your better half is going to wear this ring probably every day. The design and diamond should be chosen carefully so that they can be worn daily without chances of unwanted attention.
In a nutshell
Investing in an engagement ring needs a lot of thought to do so. You have to do your homework properly to ensure you aren’t cheated in any way. Choose an engagement ring design that is practical, as your partner will probably wear it daily. For me, choosing the right custom engagement ring got way simpler with the help of my jeweler, Denver Diamond Source.