Everyone knows about the big steps in life such as graduation day, your first job, marriage, and so on. However, people don’t talk about the finer details of these steps until they’re faced with some hard decisions themselves. To be more specific, we’re talking about engagement rings and how difficult it can be to find the right one for your intended. But fear not, we’re here to give you some advice on how to go about shopping for an engagement ring. So with that said, here are our top tips for when you’re out looking for engagement rings.
Prioritize the shape
This might sound a bit odd, but the nature or value of the material from which the rings are made, aren’t the most important things. The most important element is the shape of the ring, as in the actual geometric shape that the stones take. This counts a lot because it’s the shape that your intended will wear on their finger for quite a bit of time, so you want it to be a shape that is not only comfortable to wear but also in lines with what they might like. Carats don’t count as much when you just look down at the thing and it’s not very appealing.
Follow the pattern
One of the best sources of information for what your fiancée would like is their own jewelry collection. If they wear other rings, take a sneak peak at what kind of rings they prefer. This should help you single out the most likely to succeed options from the store. It wouldn’t be uncommon for them to like different types of rings, but the one type that they like most will surely surface through the fact that they’ve just got more rings of that type than any other. Either way, buying them a ring based on what they already own is almost a fail-proof way of getting the job right.
Investing in the stone
The stone itself is the most valuable piece of the ring, so it’s in your best interest to just buy loose stones. These are stones that aren’t set in place just yet and give you an idea of what the finished product might amount to. In this respect they can differ from the sample version displayed in the jeweler’s window, but the idea is that you should invest in the rock, and not necessarily the band. By focusing your financial efforts on the stone itself, you can get the most value out of your money and thus buy the best stones available for your budget.
Shop ahead of time
Picking a ring might not take a lot of time, but having it delivered surely does. So if you’re planning on buying one, it’s best to order at least 6 weeks before the day you’ll actually need it. Of course, if you’re having one custom made or designed, the waiting period could be even longer, so it’s best to just play it safe.