When it comes to shopping for an engagement ring, it can be a confusing and stressful time. After all, most people who are planning to propose will have never bought a diamond ring before. It’s natural to be worried by the entire process of buying an engagement ring. It can be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be difficult. We can help.
There are a lot of different factors that go into buying a ring and a lot of experiences that you will go through that you have never been through before. Most people don’t realize these things until they’ve gone through the process themselves. Today, we're gong to share a few of these experiences to help you be more prepared.
Here are a few things that no one will tell you about shopping for an engagement ring.
You Don’t Need to Know Everything, but Some Knowledge Helps
If you walk into buying an engagement without learning anything about diamonds or jewelry, you could be in serious trouble. Not only could you wind up getting a ring that isn’t the sort of quality that you expect, but you’ll also find the entire process too overwhelming.
While you obviously don’t have to learn everything there is to know about jewelry, and while a good jeweler should be able to give you some guidance, you’ll want to at least be familiar with:
This is not a One Hour Process
You’re not going to buy the perfect engagement ring in 20 minutes. Shopping for an engagement ring is a lengthy process.
Here are just a few steps of the process:
- Doing research on diamond quality, cuts, grading, ring types, etc.
- Researching different jewelers
- Setting a budget
- Figuring out the type of ring she wants
- Meeting with the jeweler to discuss your ring
- And much more
As you can tell, you’re not going to complete all of these steps in one hour or even one day. Take your time and it will pay off.
You Might Want to Confide in Someone
While it is often a good idea to tell as few people as possible about your plans to propose (you don’t want to ruin the surprise, do you?) you may find that you’ll want help from a trusted friend during the process.
Sometimes it helps to shop with a friend who has bought an engagement ring before. This friend could help you with some tips and tricks for buying a ring and help steer you in the right direction and away from dead ends.
It may also be a good idea to discuss the ring with one of her relatives or close friends. Why? Because this person will know more about her style. Does she like gold jewelry or platinum? Does she prefer modern styles or the classics? The help you get here can be incredibly valuable.
Just be sure that you only tell people who can keep a secret!