Congratulations! So you’re planning to tie the knot with your partner. That’s great! The only thing is, you’re kind of stuck on how to go about buying a ring for them.
Nowadays, there are so many options available in the engagement rings market. The choices are vast and endless and it may just be a tad bit overwhelming. Whether the two of you are ring hunting together or you’re looking for engagement rings solo ; this article has got you covered.
Perfection Isn’t Necessary
As a rule of thumb, diamond experts generally cite the Four C’s, that is, color, cut, clarity, and carat. But instead of going by the official grading, try going by the feeling of the ring and what your heart says.
Pin Down The Shape
Knowing what kind of shape your significant other wants is hugely helpful and narrows down the whole process. The most expensive kind of cuts are round cuts whereas pear and marquise are less costly.
Keep In Mind The Size
If your partner prefers a larger cut, you can get more carats for less money if you can compromise with other factors like shape or clarity. Though, if money is not an issue, go ahead and splurge on a stone that is big, sparkly, and crystal clear!
Choose A Band Metal
Yellow gold, white gold, platinum and silver are the most popular options available. Bear in mind that some metals get scratched more easily.
Make Sure To Get Measured Correctly
Heaven forbid your ring is so loose it falls off or is so tight that it cuts off blood circulation. Aim for it to be snug and comfortable.
Buy Only The Certified Ones
Being one of life’s more exorbitant purchases, you ought to buy it after taking plenty of time to think it over and research on. The ring of your dreams should ideally be certified, or there is no guarantee that they will be authentic.
Don’t Be Afraid To Negotiate
Did you know that many times, rings are marked up enormously, sometimes as much as a whopping 500%? A decent jeweler will be accommodative to your budget and get you your money’s worth of the best quality jewellery.
If you don’t want to shell out a pretty penny for an engagement ring, consider going wholesale shopping. When you buy wholesale, you cut out the middle man ( the retailer ), and as a result you save big. You can save upto 30% this way.
Try Not To Commit
There’s always the off-chance the ring you pick may not be suited to your significant other’s taste. When this happens, you don’t want your purchase to be a done deal, with no refund or exchange possible. That’s why you should look for rings with the possibility of a return and exchange.
The Price Tag Doesn’t Matter
Like many people, it may have been drilled into your head that a good ring will set you back at least 3 months’ salary and if it doesn’t, it means you don’t love your partner enough. This is simply not true, and was just a sneaky marketing technique by De Beers, a well known diamond company. Try to set aside a decent budget and work from there onwards.
On the whole, the task of choosing engagement rings takes a lot of time and effort, but when done right, you’ll delight your partner and your pocket for having picked out a ring that not only is beautiful, but saves you money in the process.