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Ultimate Guide to Buying Diamond Engagement Rings

Buying an engagement ring is one of the biggest purchases a couple will make. As a resuly, it is so important to do it right. Without proper research, this process can be tedious and tiresome. However, with the right approach and information, it can be an enjoyable experience. Ultimately, your aim is to choose a beautiful engagement ring that you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life.

Here is our guide to help you navigate this journey to finding your perfect engagement ring.

1. Educate Yourself

Bezel set unusual diamond engagement ring Dublin VR1044 - V1Jewellers have a wealth of knowledge about the diamonds and the rings. However, some perhaps have a tendency to provide you with too much information to the point of confusion. The best way to avoid this is by doing some prior research on diamonds. Having a basic knowledge of the 4 Cs and metal types can be very beneficial. It will also help you make a better informed decision.

2. Set Your Budget…and Stick to It!

Knowing your budget and keeping within it can be two very different things.  It can be very easy to let your mind run wild with all the possibilities when you’re in a jewellers. One can start thinking, what’s another few hundred.. it’s for life. However, this can be a dangerous approach. Especially later when you may start to regret your decision later down the line. You know your own financial situation. The best way to be perfectly happy with your ring is that if you love it AND you can afford it. Your budget can be worked around. – So if you are set on a larger stone, you can compromise on some elements of the spec of the stone.

3. Shop Around

An engagement ring is an investment and a purchase that should not be made on a whim. To find the perfect ring for you, you will have to try on a lot of rings. The goal is to find the best place to buy your engagement ring! Shopping online can help but not every ring will suit every finger. Images of a ring online may not be the most accurate representation of how the ring will look in reality. Sometimes, even when you think you have found the one, it may be helpful to go and come back to look at it at a later date. Just to be certain that it is the one for you.

4. Ask the Right Questions

Oval solitaire lab grown diamond engagement ring in yellow gold Dublin LG1016 - V1There are certain things that are important to be aware of before purchasing the diamond. These may or may not be flagged by the jeweller. A key question to ask the jeweller is who has certified the diamond. The majority of diamonds are certified nowadays but it is so important that it is certified by one of the 3 most reputable bodies. They are – GIA, HRD & IGI. These are independent certification bodies, so you can be assured that you are getting what you have been told. Another thing to inquire about is the Fluorescence of the diamond. This goes hand-in-hand with the 4 Cs but is seldom given its deserved attention. Fluorescence may not become apparent in a stone until after you leave the store. If there is high fluorescence in your stone, the stone may turn blue under UV light. This is definitely not a desirable look!

5. Insure Your Ring

Anything can happen and the last thing you want is to see your investment go down the drain (…sometimes quite literally). The best way to counter-act this is by insuring your ring. By doing this, you can wear the ring with no stress as no matter what happens, you’re covered. There are insurers who specialise in jewellery or you can add it to your home and contents insurance.

These are some tips to make the whole process a lot easier for you. It is very easy to over complicate the process. In reality, it is a process that is meant to be enjoyed and looked back on fondly.

See a summary of frequently asked questions too.

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