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4 Steps To Select and Purchase the Perfect Engagement Ring

The reason why you are here, reading this article is because you are ready to take a level up in your relationship. A lot of married guys have admitted that this is one of the most crucial phases they had to experience and undergo before reaching the altar. Selecting an engagement ring says so much about the character of the groom-to-be. However, in today’s changing world, finding the perfect engagement ring is not just homework for the guys, because many couples nowadays shop together to select their ring. Shopping and selecting the perfect engagement ring need not be a dreadful and stressful experience. Before you go out and explore jewelry shops, be armed with the knowledge enough for you to know what to look for in a good engagement ring.

Steps for Purchasing an Engagement Ring
1. Fish for Information
The first step is to know what you want. If it is intended to be a surprise proposal, guys can do a little ‘fishing’ of information directly from the recipients – their girlfriends. Of course, this process is done discreetly. If planned together, the couple should be clear in knowing what ring style and type they want to have. However, when your partner is not with you, it is recommended for you not to buy alone. Be humble in asking assistance from a trusted friend, or a family member. After all, many guys prefer a second opinion.

2. Determine Budget
Next, know your budget. Some guys have survived with the old ‘three months’ salary’ standard, but generally, nowadays it would be recommended to spend the amount you are comfortable spending. Once you have set your budget, know the trends available. A decade ago, a lavishly decorated ring may have been a trending topic in the world of engagement rings, but a slight change has been noticed as the years go by. Many couples are opting for more contemporary, cleaner and simpler types of rings.

3. Decide on the Design
True, Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. If your budget approves it, you may find a diamond ring which has a striking balance of quality, size and price. However, Diamonds are not the only option. Sapphires are the most popular non-diamond material for an engagement ring. There are also other high quality ring types which will suit your needs. After all, the gauge in quality is not the price of the ring, but the thought and the purpose that comes with the ring.

4. Stay Calm
Most importantly, don’t pressure yourself too much. Do not go on panic buying. Give yourself time, say, 6 weeks between your initial date of shopping and the date of your proposal. If you have a longer timeframe, you are given a fuller view of your options. This would also allow you to search for a good jeweler. It does not mean that if the jeweler is popular, and the items expensive, you will get a quality engagement ring. Search for a jewelry shop where you feel comfortable, where the staffs are friendly, pleasant and willing to assist your every need. It is always advisable to collect your ring just before your date of proposal. In this way, you won’t have to worry about the ring’s safety.

What You Need to Know When Buying an Engagement Ring?

Now whether you have decided to pick out a ring before you pop the question or you have already become engaged and let her choose her perfect ring, this is a big step on your way to the altar. For some this is a daunting task. The worries of what shape of ring, the perfect setting, the type of metal, and looking for the perfect diamond without bleeding your bank account dry are compounded with the thought “I hope she likes this enough to wear it for the rest of her life”. The act of buying the perfect ring should not be daunting and stressful, this is a happy time that should be celebrated. A little knowledge goes a long way and can help you, whether you are buying the ring on your own or as a couple, have one less this to worry about before your big day.

 

Where do I go?

best engagement ringNow that you have a few ideas of what to look for (or you have her best friend and/or mother in tow) where would you go to look for a ring? There are a few choices, each with their own pros and cons. You can go to a department store (Sears, JCPenny’s), a chain specialty jewelry store (Kays, Zales), or your local jeweler. (There are internet shopping opportunities also, but to me it seems a little shady and when making a purchase like this you may want to see the ring with your own eyes.) Go ahead and take a look at what each has to offer. Each place will differ in styles available and in price ranges.

The department store Fine Jewelry counter is a good place to start and you may find the perfect engagement ring there. Typically there is a bridal section where all the rings considered bridal are grouped together in categories- some come as a set with the wedding band, some come alone so you can purchase a wedding band at a later date. There’s usually a section for solitaires and a section for the pricier rings. There is good selection of styles to choose from if you’re going for a more traditional look, but if you’re not looking for something everybody would have you may be disappointed by the selection. 
Don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson to see the ring or any questions you may have. Most of the salespeople have to go through a training course that gives them knowledge about all of the jewelry behind the counter, so they should be able to give you the answers you need. Ask about the 4 C’s (which we’ll cover later in the article so you know what the salesperson is saying), a diamond certificate, and a care plan for the jewelry. The care plan is important since it will cover any repairs necessary at no cost to you (except for the purchase of the plan, but in some cases it can come free) and free inspections and cleanings to maintain the ring for a lifetime. You may not think this is important and just fluff to get a little more money out of you in some cases, but repairs can add up over time- along with cleanings and setting inspections. All of which can prevent you from losing the stone, which most companies will only replace once under the plan, but it’s better than putting out money for a new diamond. That can cost you more than the ring itself in some cases. 
The price range at the department store are better than some places, you can usually come across a sale that will get you a ring up to half off of the ticket price. Just be weary of the quality of the stone and whether or not a certificate comes with the ring. There may be a good price for a ring there, but you do get what you pay for. A $100 diamond ring will be what it’s worth in most cases, and you may be disappointed by what you see. In rare cases you’ll come across a beautiful ring that’s going for a price that’s a steal, but don’t hold your breath. On another note, not all rings will come with a certificate, which tells you everything you need to know about the ring. You may want one for appraisal and insurance reasons if you’re going for a ring that’s $800 or up, that way if anything were to happen to the ring, you will get the equal value back.