7 Don’ts for buying engagement rings
7 Don’ts for buying engagement rings
Are you ready to pop the question? When you’re in love to the person of your dreams, and you’re ready to get down on one knee, it is important that you do it right. While your significant other will say “YES!” proposing with a beautiful ring will be even better, right? This not only means executing a memorable proposal but also giving her the ring of her dreams.
We have included seven common mistakes made during the shopping process. Be sure to avoid these mistakes in order to impress your future bride.
1. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. THINK CUSTOM–
Often, people assume that customizing a ring can be extremely costing, and I’m here to tell you that is the farthest from the truth. You and our designer will meet one on one and go through all the elements to create a one of a kind piece, specialized just for you all within your price range. There are so many different budget-friendly options! Your custom piece will feel inspiring knowing it was a pure reflection of your individual personality. Remember, no one else will have the same ring as yours, and will be a conversation piece for years to come. You also have the option to use her grandmothers stone which holds sentimental value; an opportunity you won’t have had you just picked one off the showcase.
2. Keep in mind, you’re shopping for her!
This is probably the most difficult thing to do for many men. It’s easy to get mesmerized by all the shiny rings, and often select pieces which are your favorite. WRONG! Pull up her favorite pictures that she has been sending you on Instagram or Pinterest, and bring them in. If you know she loves an oval center, stay away from a princess cut. My tip? Maybe take her out window shopping one day to get a sense of what she’s looking for. This way you can get an idea of her taste, and not be pressured into making a purchase as if you both were shopping together.
3. Don’t get something you cannot afford!
We have all heard about the 3 month rule- This rule stipulates that if a man makes $80,000 a year, he should spend $20,000 on an engagement ring. There’s really no rhyme or reason why a man should spend 3 months of his gross salary on an engagement ring, let alone 2 months. We’ve all heard crazier rules when purchasing an engagement ring. My tip? Do not expect to get a 2-carat ring for only $1000. You get what you pay for. I would sit down and punch numbers to get something I know she will love without shooting myself in the leg. I encourage quality over anything, this includes carat size. I’m sure she will too. Do your homework and see what’s out there within your price point.
4. Don’t stress over a diamond certificate-
it is matter of preference and a GIA certificate is nice to have and brings resale value but you do pay premium for this.
5. Don’t settle and go with the Mall for your jewelry needs-
A better selection of fine jewelry can be found at your local jewelry store rather than the mall. At Dominic’s Fine Jewelry we will have exclusive supplies of loose stones and other unique pieces that you can purchase for that special someone. With these selected items, your gift will truly be one of a kind. Can’t find what you had in mind? Have a particular style, stone, or custom idea that you dream of, At Dominic’s Fine Jewelry can make find – or create – the perfect piece of jewelry to make that dream a reality. Furthermore, we can offer better options for customization, so even if you choose a popular piece of fine or bridal jewelry, we can work with you to make it the perfect piece of jewelry for whoever will wear it. The biggest thing for me is customer service. This one should go without saying: local businesses almost always offer better customer service than any retail location. Should your jewelry need alterations, maintenance or repairs, look behind the counter. See any tools at the mall store? No – and that’s because their staff has neither the knowledge, training, nor equipment to assist you. If you request a repair, your piece will be packaged and shipped to an off-site central facility as one order among thousands, to be repaired… someday… with the inherent potential to be lost in transit.
6. Don’t sacrifice Cut, Color, and Clarity for Carat size-
A diamond’s “carat size” refers to its weight. As diamonds increase in carat weight, price will also increase exponentially. While size is important, especially when it comes to an item like an engagement ring, you should never sacrifice quality for size. The more carats a diamond is, the more likely the diamond will show flaws such as a yellowish color or lack of clarity. Carat weight also relates to cut: a well-cut diamond may even appear larger than it’s carat weight due to the well proportion cut diamond and the sparkle affect. Whereas a poorly cut diamond may look smaller than its carat weight.
7. Nightmare of all nightmares-
You return home after a wonderful night out with your husband to find your home’s been ransacked. It’s been stripped of all its valuables—including all your jewelry, including your custom-made engagement ring which included your mother’s stone—and you’re not insured! So, this begs the question; to insure? Or not to insure? You have to decide-value, sentiment, emotion, and your aversion to risk all play a part in answering that question. My opinion? Protect your investment, and purchase insurance.
For future buyers, the choice is clear: When looking for that perfect piece of sparkling jewelry for that special someone, look no further than your local jewelry store; Dominic’s Fine Jewelry for the finest jewelry, better values, and the best customer service.