Step 1: Determine Your Budget
While many say you must spend 2 or 3 months salary to purchase a ring, this ballpark is by no means a rule. Spend exactly only how much you feel is comfortable for you. There are ways to maximize and get a beautiful ring within nearly any budget, if purchasing from the right jeweler. If purchasing a diamond ring, a large portion of your budget will be dedicated to finding the right diamond. The remaining portion of the budget will determine the ring style and metal. If you or your significant other are very particular about the ring style or look, you can start there. If not, we recommend understand which diamond shape and size are optimal.
Step 2: Understand Ring Styles
Engagement rings come in many styles and collections. If you already know that she prefers a simple solitaire, classic halo or unique split shank style, you can work to find the best style within that. If you don't have any hints or preferences to go by.
Observe and research a bit to understand what type of ring might match her personality. If she wears minimal jewelry, prefers streamlined and simple clothing, she may appreciate a beautifully crafted solitaire or classic ring with the focus on a larger, higher quality diamond. On the other hand, if she prefers a bit of sparkle and size, she may like a halo style. If her jewelry preferences and clothing tastes are vintage inspired, opt for a braided or woven ring style. They will fall well in line with her daily attire. You know her best and and probably determine what she would love.
If at a loss, simply tell us about her tastes, hand type and preferences and we can point you in the right direction. The majority of ring purchases are for solitaire, classic or halo styles with round or princess diamonds. However, pear, emerald, and cushion are becoming increasingly popular.
When it comes to gemstones, sapphire, ruby and emerald are the top choices. Many choose to research both online and in-stores jeweler locations. While shopping at a jewelry store is the traditional route, shopping online gives you added benefits like more selection, lower prices and easy customization options.
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Step 3: Set a Proposal Date
Have an understanding of approximately when you would like to propose. Having a date in mind will ensure that you give yourself enough time to research, select and shop without panicking. It will also ensure, that you do not confuse yourself by being overly selective, leading to a drawn out decision making process. Treat buying an engagement ring like any other timed goal you would have in life. This will enable you to methodically get the best ring possible.
Step 4: Vet The Jeweler
Now that you have an idea of what you may be looking for after doing a bit of research, it is important to ask all the right questions to your jeweler. This will ensure that you get the most value for your money and that your jewelry will remain beautiful for a lifetime. Any reputable jewelry will offer you GIA or IGI certified diamonds, pure precious metals, appraisals, a return and lifetime warranty policy. If a retailer makes these clear upfront, you can be sure that your purchase is secure. If they do not, don't hesitate to ask. It's important to have peace of mind before making this purchase. Learn more about choosing the right jeweler.
Step 5: Order the Ring
Once you've finalized your options, it may help to have a second opinion. If you truly want to keep it a surprise then by all means complete the purchase yourself. However, if you're comfortable ask a close family member or friend for their advice to ensure that the purchase you're making is the correct one. If you feel comfortable, shop with your significant other. Like all other important decisions in life it helps to know what your significant other thinks.
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