When I knew I was going to ask her to marry me, I thought I would walk into the jewelry store, pick something out, head home and pop the question. If only life were so simple. With my final year in college dwindling, I knew I was going to ask her to spend her life with me. She wasn’t thinking about being engaged before graduation was over, so I knew I had to do it before. What’s an engagement without a little surprise? Here are some ideas if you are planning on going engagement ring shopping.
Where to Shop?
I headed to a trusted jewelry shop near my home called Shane Co. with my future in laws. I asked a few people where they had gone, but the catchy commercials are what initially sparked my interest. Shane Co. is fantastic for a few reasons: the employees don’t work on commission, they have free maintenance on rings, they do appraisals for free in the shop and they have a high tech coffee machine.
I have heard a number of horror stories about shoppers at jewelry stores where employees fight for customers to earn more commission. Without commission, I was passed along to the employee that would fit my needs the best. She had no incentive to sell me the more expensive ring, she simply wanted to help me find the perfect one. She was in no rush and was very helpful all along the way.
Maintenance is important. My fiancée’s ring has already had to be re-dipped once and she gets it cleaned every few months. Many places do both of these for free, whereas some stores will charge a fee for everything you do after you purchase a ring.
If you want to insure your ring (as I did), you will need to get an appraisal. Finding a store that will help you along in this process is vital.
What does your future wife want in a ring? I knew my fiancée wanted certain things in her ring, which is why I brought her family along to help me shop. There are so many options to choose from, covering a wide range of sizes and price tags.
Settings come in many different shapes and sizes. There are skinny bands, thick bands, silver bands, gold bands, and more. Some have diamonds in the setting, while others do not. Find out what fits best for your situation. Keep in mind that white gold will fade to gold over time and may need to be re-dipped.
When choosing a diamond, I had to go through the four-c’s education. These are color, cut, clarity and carat. I was shown rings that differed in each category. I knew the carat size I was looking for and I found that color was the most noticeable trait of the other three. When put next to a white background, I could tell the difference between white and not so white. You will need to do your own education at the jewelry store to determine which of the four-c’s are most important to you. It is important to remember that each level you go towards the perfect diamond, means a higher price as well.
Finding the Right One
You have found the perfect partner, now you need the perfect ring. Where do you plan on going to find it? If you have already gone through the engagement ring process, where did you go? Did it go as planned?