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The Perfect Fit – Tips on Selecting and Buying an Engagement Ring


As much an emotional investment as a financial one, engagement ring shopping can become a daunting duty. Can I afford it? Will she like the same one I do? What if it doesn’t fit perfectly? Many elements must be considered when selecting the perfect engagement ring, from the type and color of the metal band to the size and shape of the diamond, its clarity and color, and the overall design of the ring.

Cost very often serves as a parameter in choosing the ring, so be sure you determine the amount you would like to spend before walking through the doors at the jewelry shop.

Things to know before setting off on your mission:

– What size is her ring finger? If you don’t automatically know the answer to this question, you can ask a family member, or more subtly, borrow one of her rings to get an idea of the sizing once you get to the jeweler.

– What color is the majority of her jewelry? Your sweetheart most likely wears predominantly one type of gold – either yellow or white. You should have an idea of her preference before choosing a ring so that you know she will be happy with it.

– Does she prefer a certain cut – round, princess, heart, marquis? Many women will be flattered that you took the time to select the diamond how you thought it would look best on her hand. Meanwhile some other women prefer a certain cut above the others. Try to get an idea without letting onto your plans if you’re trying to surprise her.

– Does she prefer a solitaire or a setting with more than one stone? You will find countless styles and ring designs ranging from one large stone to three or more smaller but moderate sized stones, or even one larger stone with a few accent stones. Try to find out your sweetheart’s preference without dropping any hints!

– What can you afford? Try to have a ballpark figure in mind before you set foot into the store. If the ring you like best is out of your price range, tell the jeweler you’d like some time to think about it and keep shopping around.

1. Take your time in the selection process. You’ll probably be very excited about the idea of buying the engagement ring, but take your time. Just like buying a first car, you don’t want to rush into a costly decision.

2. Find a jeweler you trust. For personalized service, consider going to a privately owned jewelry store. Chain stores offer a wide selection but having a close personal tie with your jeweler can be very beneficial in the long run, as he or she will remember you and your experience. If you have to come in afterwards to resize the ring or for any reason, you’ve already developed a relationship.

3. Shop around. Visit a couple of different stores online to get an idea of what styles are available. Go to a couple of stores locally and see which shop gives you the best service. Try to avoid buying from a closeout sale when a store is going out of business. If a store shuts its doors for good, you are stuck with whatever you’ve got!

4. Know your sweetheart and her specific tastes. Without being too obvious, try to get an idea of her favorite styles, colors, etc. Observe which pieces of jewelry she admires most when window-shopping and if you dare, take her to a store window and let her peer inside. She may get the idea, but better to know what she likes than to drive blind. If all else fails, drag along her sister or best friend on the hunt!

5. Be sure to get a diamond certificate. Jewelers must disclose to you all the critical information regarding a diamond – from carat size to color and clarity. The clearer the diamond, the more expensive it will be. You definitely want to have documentation to prove what you’ve purchased is of a certain quality.

Regardless of the amount of time and money you spend, the important thing is that you’ve made a decision to spend the rest of your life with the person who matters most to you. You have decided to express your love to your significant other, and together you will make a promise to love each other and be true for the rest of your lives. The ring is just a physical symbol of that everlasting love.

Kathryn D'Imperio:

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