Buying an engagement ring seems like a simple thing to do.. you just see a ring you think she’ll like and buy it, right? How hard can it be? However, if you have just started or are already midway through the process or have been through it, you will know that the reality is very different. Not only is this likely to be the most expensive jewellery purchase you ever make BUT the ring stands as an eternal symbol of everything you share with this person. As if that wasn’t enough pressure already, but you do only get one chance to get it right… hopefully. So in order to make your experience less traumatic we have put a little guide together for you to help you pick the perfect engagement ring.
1) Trust your instincts:
This is a very important purchase, probably the most important purchase you’ll ever make, and so it should be treated with the respect and careful consideration it deserves. The first thing to remember is to not let it detract from the magic of the occasion. The moment is about the both of you and you’re together for a reason, so through all the advice and tips you’ve picked up, let your own instincts still be the primary influence. The ring that is chosen becomes a part of the scene and therefore has sentimental value attached to it, and so most women are reluctant to part with.
2) Know your budget:
Typically the myth is that you should spend an average of about two or three months salary on a ring. Never forget that you will only be buying this once, so buy the best that you can afford. To find the best value for your money, the Internet is your best bet as prices can be as much as 60 percent below high street retailers. If you have seen something you like on the high street for £2000 though and then find its equivalent on line for £1000, don’t settle for that one. Buy to the top of your budget and get a ring twice as good.
3) Style matters:
From the size of the diamond to the colour of the metal, there are many factors to consider when choosing the ring style. If you’re intending to surprise your partner then look at what her friends and family are wearing because it will give you a rough guide of what she will be expecting and what you ideally have to better. It may be an idea to consult her good friends, they may know her taste.
Remember to coordinate the ring to the person, as a huge stone won’t look good on a very dainty hand, and keep their character in mind. Most importantly pay attention to her, because the chances are that she would have hinted the kind of ring she wants.
4) The four C’s:
These are colour, clarity, cut and carat and are used to categorise and grade the diamond. For most people, the most important factor is finding a balance between quality and size. Ultimately you have to decide what has priority and realise that if you want a bigger diamond, you may well have to sacrifice a little on quality and vice-versa, depending on your budget.
5) The ring size:
This can be tricky because it is difficult to do without giving the game away. Again it is a question of asking friends and family if they
know or getting one of her rings measured if she already wears one her finger. You could always take a leap of faith and guess and then have the ring re-sized after the event, but this is easier if the estimate is close to the actual size.
6) Choosing a jeweller:
A. One of the first things you need to look for are affiliations to trade organisations such as the British Jewellers Association, which has a high codes of ethics that members must stipulate to.
B. When buying online, search for independent reviews by previous customers as these are a great seal of approval. A good website should also have a customer testimonial section where they get to showcase feedback from their customers..
C. Check for guarantees as you want to know if there are any problems you are covered, such as the 5 year guarantee.
D. It’s important to find out what the returns policy of the company is because if she doesn’t like the ring (or Heaven forbid she says no), you need to know that you can get your money back.
E. Make sure there is an independent certification of the diamond. It costs and adds to the price of the ring, but is worth it as the certificate is like a stamp of legitimacy to say that the diamond is of the quality advertised.
F. You need a detailed receipt as it may be crucial for any future insurance claim.
7) Buying online vs Buying on the high street:
There’s no doubt that buying online can take a lot of the romance out of the process as there’s an element of occasion in visiting a high street store. It can be enjoyable to go into a jeweller with your girlfriend and be spoilt and pampered and made a fuss of, but the savings that can be made outweigh the opportunity to sit on a fluffy white sofa. Someone is paying for that service and ultimately it’s you. Some websites that offer cheaper prices may have to import the diamonds which means you could be lumbered with duty fees on top of the quoted price and VAT. Also if there’s a fault with the diamond it can be a logistical nightmare as it has to be returned to the source. Be sure to check this before continuing with your purchase. Beware of retailers selling comparable advertised grades for unrealistically low prices, if its sounds too cheap, it is usually for a reason…
We hope this guide will useful to all of you waiting to pop the question and will help you enjoy your experience! For more information and inspiration visit http://www.thediamondstore.co.uk