Not so long ago, choosing an engagement ring did not require many questions. All that people asked was what kind of cut and what type of metal was to be used. These days, people consider a lot more when figuring out when, where and how to buy an engagement ring. Here are some useful tips on how to make the perfect purchase.
1. Don’t get caught up in the trend.
An engagement ring should be timeless – a classic symbol of love eternal. So the goal should be finding the right stone to match your future fiancé. Take a look at what jewelry she wears now to determine what suits her style. Are they a gold or platinum person? Do they love their statement jewelries or like the minimal pieces? Make observations of their current style and determine how you pick the piece that they’ll like to wear every day for the rest of their lives.
2. A stone doesn’t have to be perfect on paper.
Diamond experts often stress on the four C’s (color, cut, clarity and carat), but another important factor in decision making is the certificate grading. You don’t have to get a flawless stone to create a beautiful ring. It’s better to judge a stone by its feeling rather than the GIA grading it received. The grade can be a starting point but not your only deciding factor.
3. Size matters only if you (or your future spouse) think it matters.
It doesn’t have to be go big or go home. Unless your future spouse insists this is most important. In such situations, you can place more emphasis on size over color or clarity which will determine the kind of stone you get. In the jewelry industry, there is a growing trend to be less showy and be more about style. More women are settling for something that speaks to them on a personal level over traditional large jewelry.
4. Know where the stone came from.
Who wouldn’t fall in love with a jewelry that has a back-story to it. It draws listeners to the hopeful or otherwise sad story behind the jewelry. This is especially found with ethically sourced gems. Most people these days want to know where their jewelry comes from. Stones that are different and interesting will give you a nice detail to share with your future fiancéafter you give her the ring.
5. Don’t be afraid to chose an entirely unique ring.
Millenials want everything they get to be special, and for a ring, they want the vibe to match their own. It’s becoming common for women to drop diamonds and traditional settings for the unique, personal and unexpected. They want something that feels ‘vogue’ and is relevant but will stand the test of time and is not basic or predictable.
6. Don’t go it alone.
Shopping for an engagement ring may be one of the most daunting tasks you will undertake so it’s okay to get help from friend. Ask for recommendations from those who are engaged and call upon someone who knows you and your future fiancé and you kind of taste regarding aesthetics. Often, the person you are buying for has an idea of what they like and might have expressed it to a friend.
7. Don’t commit.
Don’t commit to a jeweler completely because you don’t want to come up with a ring that your future spouse hates and can’t be returned or exchanged. You want your future spouse to love both you and the jewelry forever.