Not here to burst your bubble, just here to be realistic! We strongly believe in “only buying a ring you can actually afford”. We don’t mean afford as in putting in on a couple of credit cards and hopefully having it all paid off in a year (although if that’s your plan, I’m not here to stop you… just my humble opinion!). We just don’t want you to take on such a heavy burden at the very beginning of your life with your partner! We’re all about bringing you guys as good of a deal as anyone can in this business, so I can confidently say that we can find the perfect ring for every budget. That being said, you’re not going to get a decent quality 2 carat engagement ring for under $3000. It’s just not going to happen. Diamonds are investments, so please be realistic when shopping for a ring. If you are SET on that 2 carat stone, save a little longer! If you’re open minded, I promise you will end up with a ring that exceeds all of your expectations. For example, you DO NOT have to propose in a diamond!
2. Think outside the box
Gemstones! Gemstone engagement rings are picking up so much steam it’s blowing our minds! The amazing thing about gemstone engagement rings (that diamond engagement rings don’t necessarily always have) is the ability to really showcase her personality. Is she delicate and girly? Go look up a Morganite. Literally. Please write me if your jaw doesn’t drop. Is she quirky and hipster? Maybe an orange garnet with a custom band. She can have something so different than all of her friends, it’ll make her thankful she didn’t get a regular diamond! I literally can not stress enough how much gemstone engagement rings are becoming the hottest trend, and for good reason. Birth stone? The month you guys first met? The month you said I love you? Her favorite color? All ways to incorporate something personal into the stone choice. Check. It. Out. You won’t regret!
3. Remember, you’re shopping for HER ring, not for you!
So maybe you’re a traditional kind of guy. If it was your choice, you’d put her in a 1 carat round with a simple yellow gold band. Ok, that’d be your choice. But remember now, it’s not your choice. Yes, you shouldn’t buy something that you are dead set against (because after all, you are buying her probably the most important gift you will ever buy her!). However, this is HER ring that she will wear and treasure for the rest of her life. Regardless of your feelings towards rose gold or cushion cuts or whatever else she may like, you have to remember that this is about her. This is the 21st century after all… just because she gets a rose gold micropave band doesn’t mean that you can’t still get your simple yellow gold band for your own wedding ring. Keep her taste as your main focus, and I promise you she will absolutely love whatever you come back with.
4. Don’t get hung up on carat size
If you’re reading this, you’ve obviously been doing some research on engagement rings. So I will assume you know about the 4 C’s: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. Carat weight seems to be the one that everyone gets hung up on, so let me just clear it up a little. Yes, carat weight is important. But, in my personal opinion, the order of importance goes as follows: Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat weight. Crazy huh! Now let me explain, a 2 carat diamond (good size), with VS2 clarity (good clarity), H color (good color), with a poor cut will literally trap the light inside the diamond, and it will NOT sparkle. Would you rather a dull stone with a decent size? Or a smaller stone that no one can take their eyes off every time your bride walks in the room? If you have been shopping at jewelry stores, ask to compare two different stones with two different cuts. Compare an “Ideal” cut with a “Good” cut. You will understand exactly what I’m talking about.
5. Don’t walk into one store and call it a day
No matter what the store, and no matter how set you may be on what you saw today, I promise you no harm can come by sleeping on it. The staff in jewelry stores are all commission based, so obviously they are going to make you feel like you are buying a crown jewel when who knows what they are actually selling you! My best piece of advice is to do as much research as you possibly can. Become as educated as you possibly can, so no one can rip you off. Now days, you can buy an engagement ring by shopping around different stores, or by ordering online! What’s great about shopping online is you don’t have any sales people pressuring you into anything before you’re ready. If you’re watching a football game and a commercial comes on, get onto some different bridal sites and shop around! Educate yourself! Then go into a store and see some in person. Compare some cuts and colors so you can see it in person if you’re that type of guy (my boyfriend is definitely that type of guy). Then go back to wherever you’re shopping and go from there! Wherever you decide to buy from, just make sure it is not a spur of the moment purchase. After all, this is the most important piece of jewelry you’ll buy in your entire life!