A lot of people get very stressed out and anxious when they shop for an engagement ring and, to be honest, that's understandable. Not only are engagement rings expensive, but most people who are shopping for one have limited experience buying jewelry. This inexperience can lead to worry and stress. Of course, an engagement ring is also a very meaningful purchase, which adds greater pressure and expectations. That said, the process doesn't have to be difficult or annoying. In fact, it can actually be fun.
Here are some tips for having a great time engagement ring shopping.
Do Your Research
Sure, doing research doesn't sound like fun, but once you do it, you'll have a more enjoyable overall experience. After all, the confusion and stress about buying a ring is one of the main reasons why a lot of people don’t have fun with it. If you learn about diamonds, what makes a quality diamond, and how to compare two diamonds with one another, the entire process will be easier and more fun.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to take a course or become a diamond expert. Just knowing the basics and having some general information about diamonds is often enough. Don’t know where to start? Check out our diamond education center for a bunch of valuable information about diamonds and engagement rings.
One of the first things you’ll want to learn is the 4 Cs of diamond quality. This refers to:
- Carat Weight
Learning the 4 Cs helps you understand diamonds, know what makes diamonds valuable and look great, and discover how to compare two different diamonds. Knowing this information won’t just take the stress out of diamond engagement ring shopping, but it will also help you buy a better engagement ring.
Looking at different rings from different jewelry stores can be a lot of fun when you know what you’re looking for.
The best part of engagement ring shopping is choosing the ring. However, when you first walk into a jewelry store, you might be overwhelmed by all of the options. You might not know where to start. When you’re first starting out, it can seem even more overwhelming to check out an online jewelry store as these stores often have much greater variety on display.
The key is to narrow down the options by doing a little detective work. This can be the most fun part of the process. But what sort of detective work? The kind that helps you figure out what sort of ring your special someone is looking for. After all, this ring is for them, right? If you’re planning on keeping the proposal a surprise, you’ll need to figure out what sort of ring they’d like without them finding out.
A good way to do this is to look through your partner’s existing jewelry. This can help you find trends. For instance, if your girlfriend wears a lot of yellow gold jewelry, there’s a good chance that she prefers yellow gold over white gold, platinum, or any other precious metal.
Also look for the style of her current jewelry as well as her overall fashion sense. This can give you a lot of guidance when it comes to ring shopping.
Design a Custom Engagement Ring
Whether you’re shopping for rings as a couple or shopping on your own with a surprise proposal in mind, a custom engagement ring can be a wonderful idea. Crafting a completely unique ring is an incredible experience and a lot of fun too.
When you meet with the team at our custom engagement ring design studio, you’ll start by telling our design consultant your vision for the ring. With this information, our specialist will design a visionary sketch. This sketch is then taken to our computer-assisted designer who will create a 3D rendering of your ring so you can see exactly what it will look like in the real world. Once approved, the design is brought into reality with a wax carving or 3D printing, so you can truly see your ring come to life.
The final steps are casting, polishing, setting the diamonds, and applying the finishing touches that make your one-of-a-kind ring a reality. Custom engagement rings are perfectly special, wonderfully unique, and a bunch of fun to design and create.