The new year is here, and many people are focused on moving forward, growing, and changing. One life change that you might be considering in the new year is getting engaged. If you’ve found someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with, congratulations! This is a big life change and one that is incredibly exciting.
Once you’ve made the decision to pop the question, one of the first things you’ll need to do is buy a ring. Now, we know that this process can be overwhelming and possibly even a little scary. An engagement ring is a large purchase, in many ways. First of all, engagement rings cost money. However, they’re also a very meaningful purchase, so some people stress out about making such a significant decision. There’s also the strong likelihood that shopping for the engagement ring might be your first experience with buying high-end jewelry. When you combine all of these factors together, it can create stress and anxiety.
The good news? It doesn’t have to. Shopping for an engagement ring can be a pleasurable experience. It can even be fun! Here are some tips for buying an engagement ring in 2023.
Do Your Research
Since an engagement ring is a significant purchase, you’ll want to make sure you understand what you’re looking for before you head to the store. Don’t worry, no one is asking you to spend years studying or to become a diamond expert or anything, but you’ll still want to learn a bit about diamonds before you shop.
One of the best places to start is with our diamond education center. There you will find everything you need to know on diamond grading, diamond shapes, diamond colors, setting a budget, and much more. If learning about diamonds still seems overwhelming, a good place to start is with the 4 Cs. This refers to the cut, color, clarity, and carat weight of a diamond. Knowing the 4 Cs can help you learn what makes a diamond beautiful and it also allows you to compare different diamonds.
You might be tempted to just head out to the first jewelry store you see or the one that is closest to your home. However, this usually isn’t the wisest choice. While the store close to you could be the best option, you won’t know unless you shop around a bit. Check out other stores in your area and ask friends and family for recommendations (as long as they can keep a secret!)
Remember, it’s 2023, so you don’t just need to focus on physical stores. There are many online jewelry stores to visit as well. These stores often have the advantage of being able to carry a very large inventory (since they don’t need to display everything in a store) and you might even be able to find a good deal, since online retailers might have fewer expenses, letting them pass the savings on to their customers. For more information on buying an engagement ring online, check out our look at online jewelers as well as our guide to shopping for a ring online and our infographic on buying an engagement ring on the internet.
One of the best aspects of buying an engagement ring of 2023 is that it’s easy to find jewelry store reviews. Google lists information for different vendors, including reviews, and there are many other review sites out there that have a lot of information about different jewelry stores. For example, here are the Google reviews for Damasci.
When you’re reading reviews, pay attention to those that make references to what you care about. For example, if you’re considering a custom engagement ring, focus on reviews that talk about this aspect. You don’t want to get bogged down with information that doesn’t pertain to you.
Think About What She Wants
Remember, this ring is for her. Think about what she would like and then try to get an engagement ring that matches her tastes. A good way to figure out what she might be interested in is to see what sort of jewelry she already owns. When she’s not around, look around in her jewelry box and see if any trends or preferences stand out to you. Then try to get a ring that matches what she already likes.