Purchasing an engagement ring can be quite tricky. It is considered as the most important thing that you’ll ever purchase for your partner before you finally tie the knot. The ring should be beautiful and should symbolize the love you both share.
Whether you’re buying the ring together or your partner is buying the ring alone, ring shopping entails a bit of pressure as we all want to purchase that perfect ring or at least a ring that’s close to perfection and how do you achieve that?
Well, the secret lies in being knowledgeable of the appropriate questions to ask to help in narrowing down the options that are perfect for you and your significant other. Here are some of the things that you need to ask when buying an engagement ring.
This is the most basic question that every couple should ask themselves when it comes to the purchase of an engagement ring. Prior to considering any ring designers, carat size and all the other significant aspects of the purchase, you need to have a discussion with your partner or with your inner self on the amount of money that you’re willing to spend for this purchase.
As a husband, you should always keep in mind that the engagement ring would be an investment that your wife would wear for many years to come. A lot of people hand on their engagement ring to their children or grandchildren and it represents a love that has endured countless generations and has connected families and it is only rightful to invest in a little more for something that is bound to stand over time.
However, every individual, couple and family are bound within their own financial capabilities. There are couples who have a tight budget while there are others who prefer purchasing something more than just a fancy engagement ring.
Regardless of your decision, the budget is something that you should set prior to shopping. Setting the appropriate budget will help you in ruling things out and help you easily narrow down your search to one that falls within your budget.
As soon as you have already nailed down your budget, the next thing that you need to think of is the style that your partner likes or wants. Engagement rings come in various styles there are large or small ones, while there are gold or silver ones.
If your partner is accompanying you during the purchase, then you’ll have a much easier time answering this question. Although this may seem unlikely, there are modern couples who practice this sort of thing.
If you’re determined to surprise your partner then it would be somewhat harder for you to answer this part but here are some tips that you could use for your proposals:
Pay close attention to what your partner might mention when you pass by jewelry shops.
Women usually discuss what they want with their closest friends.
People usually like to compile ideas for their ideal wedding. Although you might not be able to come up with the exact ring that they really like, you might get a feel for the style that they prefer.
Do they love to wear expensive jewelry? Do they like old fashioned jewelry? Or do they prefer plain and simple jewelry?
If they work somewhere outdoor then purchasing a piece of expensive jewelry would be impractical. If they work indoors in an office then it would be ok to choose something that is a bit flashy.
If you’re trying to surprise your partner with the engagement ring then you should not allow them to accompany you during the purchase. However, this would be very difficult for you since you would need to know their ring size beforehand.
Their ring size would only be known to a few people which might include her mother or family. However, there are instances when this won’t be the case since not all women know their ring size.
The easiest way for you to do this would be to go and secretly borrow one of the rings that they usually wear on their ring finger. Of course, you shouldn’t get discouraged, if you purchase a ring and it turns out that it isn’t the right size. There are jewelers who are experts in resizing rings. Keep in mind though that resizing can be quite tricky when dealing with diamond engagement rings along with its band.
This might seem like something unimportant but it’s not. One has to take into careful consideration when the proposal is going to be made. Since there are rings that need to be ordered ahead of time like custom-made engagement rings.
When planning to purchase an engagement ring, being knowledgeable on the 4 C’s would help in making the purchase an easier process. The 4 C’s stand for Color, Carat, Cut and Clarity. This is the 4 scales with which diamonds are classified.
Being knowledgeable on these basic terms would prepare you on what your jeweler would talk about during your purchase for an engagement ring.
Color is also a significant factor to consider during the purchase for an engagement ring. It entails that color of your future wife’s band - gold, silver or bronze. Color is often graded on how colorless or how white the stone is. Most jewelers would recommend buying a diamond that falls in the D-G range.
Carat refers to the measured weight of the diamond which is equivalent to its quality. The heavier the diamond, the greater its value.
Cut is the next factor to consider. Well-cut diamonds will reflect light back into the eyes of the beholder. In layman's terms, cut determines how sparkly a diamond is.
While Clarity, on the other hand, refers to the clearness of a diamond and pure diamonds are flawless.
A jeweler should have no problem explaining what the 4 C’s are to you in detail. Lastly, one should never forget to ask for the diamond grading report.
When purchasing an engagement ring with a diamond, you should insist that it comes with a grading report from an accredited gemological laboratory so you can be sure of your diamond’s value, quality, and authenticity.