Deciding to spend the rest of your life with someone is a life-altering decision, but finding the right ring should not be. As a diamond consultant for several years, I have seen every style, budget and idea imaginable. Here are some helpful tips to make purchasing an engagement ring go a little smoother.
1. Set a Budget
Things add up quickly when you start looking at rings. It is important to know how much you want to spend from the beginning. Understanding how much you can afford from the start helps eliminate the issue of finding yourself with crippling monthly payments. Spend what is comfortable for you, not what is traditionally expected. At Shane Co., the diamonds are sold separately from the setting, allowing you to find the perfect one for your budget.
2. Find Her Ring Style
Rings come in a variety of styles, including solitaire, vintage, halo, infinity and many others. You have options for the metal type too: white, yellow and rose gold, as well as platinum. Look at the type of jewelry she wears and use that information to narrow her style. Another sneaky way to find her style is looking at her Pinterest page! Having a good idea of her ring style before you start looking will help you find the perfect match.
3. Know Her Preferred Diamond Shape
Diamonds come in many shapes and sizes. Knowing the shape of the center stone she will like best can help narrow things down considerably. Shapes like the brilliant round or princess cut are most common and are available in many sizes and prices. These shapes are perfect for someone with timeless, classic taste. The fancier shapes, like heart, pear or Asscher cut, are not as common and are ideal for women with a trendy and unique style.
4. Learn About Diamonds from a Professional
Doing research on diamonds online is great, but it can be very misleading. There is no right or wrong diamond! Diamonds are graded by their 4 Cs: clarity, color, cut and carat weight. But with so much subjectivity in grading, you should see diamonds up close for yourself. It is important to see diamonds under 10 times magnification with a professional diamond consultant who can guide you on what to look for.
5. Look for a Warranty in Writing
Many jewelry stores say they offer a warranty, but you need to look for one that is in writing. A guarantee is nothing without documentation. At Shane Co., we offer a Free Lifetime Warranty that spells out everything we cover. Don’t let a salesperson talk you into purchasing a ring with false promises! We also recommend putting your wedding rings on your insurance policy. You never know what can happen, and if the ring goes missing, insurance can save you a bundle.
There are a lot of things to think about before purchasing her ring, but it does not need to be chore. The important thing to remember is we want to help you and we do not work on commission here at Shane Co., so you won’t feel pressured to buy! Visit your local store and an associate will be happy to assist you every step of the way.