You're buying an engagement ring. Congratulation! You're reached the big moment of planning to get married, and the engagement ring is an important part of the picture. It's the stunning piece of jewelry that sweeps the woman off her feet.
There are many steps towards planning a wedding and getting married, but buying the engagement ring and the wedding rings are often the first and most symbolic steps.
How to buy an engagement ring
Every ring looks lovely in the store, so the first step in buying a quality engagement ring is education. You need to learn the basic quality standards, find a good jewelry store or website, decide on a budget, choose a stone and a setting, and consider the wedding band that will go with it.
Think about the bride
What does your future bride have in mind when it comes to an engagement ring? This is even more important than knowing how to judge a quality ring.
Most women have definite ideas about the general appearance of the ring, and may have a specific diamond shape and metal choice in mind. Spend a little time window shopping so you have a general idea of what's available. This way you'll understand what she's talking about if she mentions a solitaire diamond in a platinum setting, or a pavé setting, or a specific shape such as marquise or oval.
Engagement ring stores and engagement rings online
Ask friends and family for their recommendations on reliable jewelry stores. But do not feel pressured to go to the most expensive store in your area. The important thing is to make sure the jeweler is a member of the American Gem Corporation (AGC).
You can also buy jewelry online at many reputable websites. Some are solely online stores, while others are stores that you can visit, but you can also purchase the jewelry online. Check for the BBB online sign. Buying online allows you to shop at many sites and compare prices from the comfort of your home.
Buying an engagement ring can be confusing. There are several other aspects that you should be aware of in choosing the gem and the setting, before you buy that special engagement ring.