As Christmas approaches, it is one of our busiest seasons in terms of proposals. An engagement ring is one of the biggest purchases a couple will make, so it is so important to do it right. Without proper research, this process can become quite tedious and tiresome, but with the right approach and being informed, it can be an enjoyable experience for all & you come out of it with a beautiful ring for you to enjoy for the rest of your life.
Here is our guide to help you navigate this journey to finding your perfect ring.
1. Educate Yourself
Jewellers have a wealth of knowledge about the diamonds and the rings, but 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 and helps 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 and 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 and 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! Shopping online can help but not every ring will suit every finger, and 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
There are certain things that are important to be aware of before purchasing the diamond that 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 – 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 which 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 whereas in reality, it is a process that is meant to be enjoyed and looked back on fondly.
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