Purchasing an engagement ring for that special someone is one of the most exciting experiences of a lifetime, but it is also can be one of the most intimidating if not adequately prepared. Use these six tips when choosing an engagement ring to make the process easier.
1. Determine a Budget
Knowing how much money you have set aside for this purchase is essential. Most sales associates will try to pressure you to spend more to “prove” your love. Also, factor in warranties, engravings, and other expenses associated with the ring. Additionally, lab made diamonds may sell at different prices than other diamonds. It’s best to have a dollar amount in mind to have an idea of what kind of merchandise you’ll be dealing with.
2. Understand the 4 C’s
The carat, color, clarity, and cut play an important part to the diamond you choose and all variables have an affect on the price. For example, most women immediately notice high cut and color but would not notice slightly lower clarity. Therefore, buying a ring with lower clarity may save money without sacrificing noticeable quality.
It’s always a good idea to do your homework before any major purchase and buying a ring is no different. The Internet if filled with information on every aspect of engagement ring shopping including information on lab created diamonds. Looking up user reviews along with other tricks and tips can save you time and money in the long run.
4. Ask a Friend For Help
Taking a friend shopping with you can help you make level-headed decisions and sort through the seemingly endless options. Preferably, this friend will have good knowledge and taste concerning rings and/or know the bride-to-be fairly well in order to help you make the best choice.
5. Know Your Fiance’s Preference
Women are complex individuals with varying feelings when it comes to jewelry. Some women prefer simple, classic styles while others would rather have a flashy, modern ring. With so many styles available to choose from, narrowing down the options based on your fiances preferences will not only make shopping easier but also help you choose a ring tailored for her.
6. Shop Around
Buying the first thing you see is a mistake that could end up costing thousands. To get the most out of your money, you should shop at a variety of stores including large chains, local dealers and online. Doing so will allow you to see all of the options available.