OK, so you’ve decided you want to propose. Congratulations! Now it’s time to find the perfect ring for your significant other. While some people know exactly what to buy their partner, others are left completely in dark. Though it’s an exciting experience, here are few things to remember before you go shopping.
What’s Your Budget?
Buying a ring is no different than buying a house or a car — you need to know your budget. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend will help you to narrow down your options and set realistic expectations.
Have a Shape in Mind
Has your partner discussed what kind of ring they might want? Do they want an oval diamond, a pear-shaped diamond, or just a simple band? Keep their preference in the back of your mind, as it will also help you to focus while on the hunt. If they haven’t mentioned what they’re looking for, consult a trusted friend or family member.
Don’t just go into the nearest jewelry store and pick the first thing that looks good. Odds are you’re probably going to end up spending more than you should. Consult with loved ones who’ve purchased engagement rings before and ask where they bought theirs.
When you do end up finding the right ring, make sure you’re buying a certified stone from a laboratory, such as the American Gem Society. This will ensure you’re actually getting what you paid for.
Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate!
Engagement rings are often marked up, sometimes as much as 500 percent! A good jeweler should be willing to work within your price point, so stick to your guns and negotiate the price.