It’s a new level of commitment. And, with it, comes an almost as big decision: what type of engagement ring to get to ask for that special someone’s hand in marriage?
It can feel overwhelming in terms of the number of choices and maybe even the price tag has you a little bit nervous.
- Set and stick with a budget. Don’t let someone fool you into thinking that you need to spend more than you can possibly afford in order to prove your love. The standard rule is two month’s salary but you need to see if that works for your budget or not. This is a joyous occasion so it shouldn’t stress you out thinking about how you are ever going to pay for it.
- Pay attention to what your love wears. Check out the jewelry and see if it is modern or traditional as well as what type of metal it is primarily made of. This will help you be on target with your choice. Some people even bring their sweetheart along. While this takes the surprise out of the process, this may be the best way to go if you really can’t get a read on design preference.
- Choose stone and setting. Think about the shape of the stone like round, cushion cut, marquis or pear. The most classic choice is the round solitaire. Then there is the setting like simple solitaire, filigree, or extra stones as well as the choice to select gold, rose gold, white gold, silver, platinum or even titanium.
- Research online and in the jewelry store. Take the time to research what’s out there and what it costs by browsing for a while online and in a jewelry store. This will help you get a better picture of available choices and prices so you don’t go with the first thing you see.
- Ask for jewelry store recommendations and read reviews. You can ask family and friends for jewelry store recommendations as well as go online and read reviews like those on Yelp. Look to see if the jewelry store is accredited by the Jewelers of America or is a member of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
- Find out about return or exchange policy before buying. Before you buy, find out what the return policy is so that you can exchange it if it somehow isn’t the right one.
- Leave enough time. Think about when you want to pop the question and then plan for a few weeks for researching, browsing, buying, and getting the engagement ring ready. If you want a custom engagement ring or any engraving, then this will add time.
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