Congratulations! You found the girl of your dreams and are ready to tie the knot. The marriage proposal is one of the most beautiful and memorable moments in her (and your) life. You may not always found her the perfect gift, but most of the times it was just fine. However, “just fine” won’t work when you’re shopping for an engagement ring. This time, you’re going for that home run. With these 10 shopping tips, you’re set for gold – and a heartfelt “YES”.
1. Listen to her when she talks about jewelry
And that means: really listen. Not only when she talks about engagement rings, but all minor details about jewelry can be of importance. Prick your ears when she tells about her friend’s (engagement) ring or beautiful brooch. Take a look at the jewelry she usually wears. Check her Pinterest board or the kind of Bridal and/or Jewelry magazines she reads. This can provide you with a lot of information. If you’re still not sure, you can bring her to a jewelry store for something completely else and ask what she likes.
2. Ask for permission
Asking the parent’s permission to marry their daughter is never easy. The best advice? Just do it! It’s classy, it’s respectful and you’ll score points with all family members. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but in general, this is the way to go.
3. Talk to friends who know the drill
There’s a lot you have to take into account when you’re planning the proposal. You’ll notice it can be helpful to talk to a friend who’s already engaged or married. They can provide you with some helpful information. Maybe they even want to tag along when you’re shopping for a ring.
4. Consult her friends
You know it: you can’t afford to screw the proposal up. Therefore, all the help you can get is welcome. Her friends know her and her style pretty well and may come with some options you haven’t even considered yet yourself.
5. It’s not only the effort that counts
Now you have an idea of what she likes. Maybe she even pointed out a specific ring she likes. Sounds like a done deal right? Unfortunately not. Maybe on other occasions, you can get away with points for effort, but not when it comes to the engagement ring. Take your time and consider multiple options before you make your decision. Always keep in mind: would she like this and wear it for the rest of her life?
6. Don’t buy the first diamond engagement ring you see
You just walked into a jewelry store and are already in love with the first diamond that catches your eye. Don’t worry, that’s normal. When you see a diamond in its full glory for the first time, it can be pretty overwhelming. However, you’re probably tempted to choose that one and buy it right away. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Try to take a look at other options as well before you make a purchase.
7. Study the 4 C’s like you’ve never studied before
The 4 C’s are the factors that determine a diamond’s value. The price of a diamond depends on its carat, cut, color and clarity. Once you understand the basics of these characteristics it’s a lot easier to determine what kind of diamond and what kind of ring you’re looking for. Buying a diamond ring without knowing the 4 C’s is like buying an expensive car and finding out it has a horrible engine afterwards.
8. Don’t be afraid to go custom
Yes, it’s possible to absolutely fall in love with the show model, but this doesn’t happen very often. It’s more likely you’re in doubt because you want your ring to have the diamond from Ring A and the setting of Ring B. Bummer. But don’t worry, that’s not a problem. When you’re going for a combination of two rings, it’s called a custom made ring. It may sound expensive, but it really isn’t. Some jewelers don’t even charge anything extra for such a customization. However, sometimes it may take a few days before your ring is ready. Diamondland has a large collection of loose diamonds and stones and a quick team. Therefore, we can create your custom made ring in just a couple of minutes.
9. Bring one of her rings
Overall, it’s not a big deal when the ring doesn’t fit. Resizing is often free. But wouldn’t it be great if the ring fits right away? Therefore, we advise you to bring one of her rings you know fits her to your shopping trip. This way, you know what size you’ll need. If it isn’t possible to bring her ring, you can also try something else. Put the ring on one of your fingers and mark the spot where it’s fitting nice and snug.
10. Attend a free guided tour
As you may understand, finding the engagement ring is more than “just buying a ring”. To avoid getting overwhelmed by this, you can attend a free guided tour at Diamondland. During this tour, our guides explain everything you need to know about diamonds, including the 4 C’s. When you’re all set and ready, there’s just one thing to do and that’s to pop the big question. Good luck!