engagement ring

Guide to buying an engagement ring

Mar 21, 2014

For a lot of people, choosing an engagement ring is a very important process because they will be doing this activity only once in their lifetime. Plus, an engagement ring can be a huge investment. And because choosing an engagement ring is not a daily thing, it can be quite challenging to find the kind of ring that your partner would love and at the same not hurt your pocket. Here are a few tips on how you can do that.

  • Set your budget. Expert salespeople have a way of making a buyer think that the amount of love a man has on his partner is proportional to the amount of the engagement ring he is willing to buy. Do not be swayed by this sales ploy. It is best that you figure out how much you can really afford to shell out before you proceed to the jewellery store. To many, the typical rule would be two month’s salary but if you can spend more than that and still afford to spend for your other expenses, then so be it. Juts keep in mind that if this relationship crosses over to another level, you have a new ring to worry about. The most important thing to remember is set a budget and be firm about it.
  • Now that you have a budget, the next thing that you have to consider is the make and style of the ring. Should it be made of gold or platinum? Should the design be traditional or contemporary? Does she want a flashy ring or a subtle but stylish one? It is best that you do your research before proceeding to the store. You can get clues from the usual type of jewelleries that your partner usually wears.
  • You can usually get a better deal if you do go for a ring and a separate diamond instead of a pre-set ring. In the event that you were allowed to choose the diamond separately, look for a diamond with high colour and cut.
  • Ask a friend to go with you, preferably someone who has had experience in buying engagement rings or any other expensive jewellery. It is smart to not go into a gem store alone. It is always confusing to choose alone and making your pick from a list of very expensive jewellery can be scary and intimidating especially if you do it on your own. Make sure that the person you are bringing along has taste.

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