How to Choose Your Engagement Ring
Choosing an engagement ring can be a stressful situation for men, and for women. But it doesn’t have to be.
It’ll take some time to find that perfect ring, sure, but it should be fun. Here’s a few tips on looking for the perfect ring:
- Educate yourself
- Before you even go into the store, learn about the 4 C’s: Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat.
- Also learn about gold. 18K gold is nice and all, but it’s also softer. If you’re rough with your hands, you may want to go with 14K, or even 10K.
- Platinum is also harder, but keep in mind, it is going to cost more. So depending on your budget you may have to go with a smaller stone, if you want the hardness of platinum.
- And if you’re allergic to nickel you shouldn’t just buy any ring. Nickel is a common ingredient added to white gold, and even platinum. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick with yellow gold. You can go with 18K Palladium (which is a white gold that is guaranteed to have no nickel), or you can talk to the goldsmith or supplier and get platinum that is guaranteed nickel-free.
- Find a sales associate you like
- If you think the sales associate isn’t friendly, or is just trying to sell you a ring, move on. You can always come back to the store and try another sales associate.
- The sales associate should understand that this is BIG, and work with you to make sure it feels perfect.
- And if you REALLY liked them, feel free to hug them. They’ll be more than happy to 😀
- Try them on
- Rings look different on everyone’s finger. If you have small hands a wide ring or a large stone may not suit you.
- You also may find a ring style that you weren’t considering suits you the best.
- Go in with a budget
- There’s an old saying that an engagement ring should be 3 month’s salary. Which, I completely disagree with.
- The average engagement ring costs $2,500. And I’ve seen gorgeous rings for around that price. One of my favorite rings, while I was working in the jewelry store, was a round cut, 0.56 carat, F colour, SI1 clarity, and it was only $2,600.
- While you don’t have to stick to your budget, it’s always a good idea to have an idea of what you want to spend. That way the sales associate, and you, can pick out the best ring (think 4 C’s) for your money.
- Does the store have a goldsmith on site?
- While this shouldn’t be a deal breaker, it’s something you should take into consideration.
- If the store has a goldsmith on site, it means your ring isn’t being shipped off somewhere if you need it resized or polished. If the goldsmith is on site your ring stays in the store, and a simple resizing or polish can be done within a week.
- It also means you can talk directly to the goldsmith if you have any questions or concerns.
- Or they can make you a custom ring!
- What’s your ring size?
- This may seem a little out of place. It shouldn’t matter what your ring size is, right? Yes and no.
- Depending on the ring, your ring size can affect whether the ring can be sized in store, or has to be ordered specially from the manufacturer.
- It can also affect the ring cost. An eternity band (diamonds all the way around) is going to cost more in a size 8, than it does in a size 6 – more diamonds.
- What about other gemstones?
- Diamonds are actually a rather new engagement tradition and only became the norm in the 1930’s/1940’s.
- Other gemstones where more commonly used, and still only date back to around the 1500’s.
- You may want to consider adding your favorite gemstone to your ring.
If you have more tips for ring shopping, share them with me in the comments!