Look for a wedding jeweler that offers perks like free resizing and upgrade policies. This will allow you to adjust your partner’s ring band size and upgrade the size of the diamond as needed. Get recommendations from friends or family members, and read reviews of local jewelers to find one that feels right for you. If you’re planning to do your engagement ring shopping online, we recommend taking time to find a reputable jeweler who offers gemstone certification, high-resolution previews, and a generous return policy. Most importantly, be cautious about online deals that seems too good to be true.
DO: Choose the setting first
When you’re shopping for an engagement ring, in most cases you should choose the setting first. This is the part of the ring that will hold the main stone(s)-common engagement ring settings include halo, prong, and split-shank. When choosing the setting, you’ll also need to decide which engagement ring metal you want the ring to have. Both will determine the cut and color of the center diamond.
DO: Customize together
Thinking about creating an engagement ring that’s completely customized? We recommend designing it with your partner, or at least consulting with them first to get their thoughts. Since a custom ring has essentially endless possibilities, this an opportunity to bring your creative minds together and design something that reflects your partners personal style in a one-of-a-kind way. WeddingWire research shows that about 20% of couples shop for an engagement ring together, but if you’re worried about breaking tradition, consider keeping the finished ring a secret from your partner-and remember that you can still have the element of surprise with your proposal.
DO: Think about your partner’s lifestyle
When you’re engagement ring shopping, consider your partners hobbies, daily routine, and overall fashion taste. Is your partner someone who’s always on-the-go and doesn’t like to fuss over their accessories? If so, an oversized, elaborate engagement ring may not be the most practical style-consider a minimalistic engagement ring instead. Does your partner love statement-making clothes and luxurious details? Try a unique engagement ring. For those who gravitate toward timeless, elegant pieces, a classic solitaire engagement ring is often an excellent choice. Ultimately, your wedding jeweler will be able to provide their expert recommendations.
DO: Ask questions
When you’re engagement ring shopping, there are some obvious and not-so-obvious questions you should ask a jeweler before making a purchase. Be sure to cover the following topics:
- How do I figure out my partners ring size, and what if I buy the wrong size?
- Do you offer regular ring maintenance, like ring cleaning services and size adjustments?
- How do I purchase engagement ring insurance?
- Is there an upgrade policy with the ring? How long does it extend and what does it cover?
- Are all the ring materials (including the diamond and metal) conflict-free?
- Are your diamonds certified by Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gemological Society (AGS)?
- What is the clarity, cut, and color grade of the center diamond? How does its price compare with diamonds of the same carat weight and quality?
DONT: Rush the shopping process
While most engagement rings are purchased about two months before the actual proposal, we recommend starting to research engagement rings at least six months before youre planning on popping the question. This window not only provides plenty of time to consider your partners style, but it also gives you an opportunity to save money or budget as needed for the purchase.
This decades-old “rule” dates back to a time when average salaries and cost of living were much lower and financial debt had a totally different meaning (hello, student loans and mortgages). Remember: how much you choose to spend is a personal preference-ask yourself what you can comfortably afford considering your income, other expenses, and most importantly, the cost of a future wedding!