So you’ve made up your mind to propose to your girlfriend. No big deal. You’re only about to make a series of decisions that will impact the rest of your life. The first of those important decisions is buying a ring.
After all, you kind of want her to say yes, right?
When it comes to asking the big question, busting out with a big, beautiful rock is one of the best ways to avoid being rejected in front of a restaurant full of people. But where do you start? There are literally thousands of styles to choose from and you can’t just come out and ask your special lady friend what she likes, unless you want to spoil the big surprise.
We’ve come up with a few pointers to help you pick up the perfect ring for that big moment.Do Some Recon
The diamond engagement ring is probably something your girlfriend has dreamed of putting on for a long time, and she probably has a pretty good idea of what she wants. So how do you find out what that is without tipping her off?
Do it like a ninja.
If she has a close friend you can trust, try to gather some information about what type of ring your soon-to-be fiancé prefers. You may have gone into this thinking diamond engagement rings are all pretty much the same. Not even close.
There are a ton of terms that are guaranteed to make not even a lick of sense to you. You’re about to hear terms like “cushion cut,” “clarity grade” and plenty of other confusing, but essential terms.
Hit the books, get on the web and start learning the most crucial diamond-related terms. Knowing the lingo is going to help when you walk into the jewelry store. Jewelry store professionals love to see a customer who’s done his research. They’ll be able to spend a lot less time explaining the difference between a princess and an asscher cut, which means you can get right into checking out the merchandise.Use Your Budget Wisely
Once you’ve got all that research in the bag, it will be that much easier to make the most out of your budget. Most divorces are the result of money issues, so don’t put yourself in the poor house before you even say they vows.
First thing, toss that old cliché that you’re supposed to spend two to three months’ salary on a diamond engagement ring. Follow this logic, and the credit card companies will love you as much as your girlfriend does.
Here’s a better idea: just make it look like you burned three months’ hard earned wages on that diamond. Here’s how.
The Carat Conspiracy: A one carat diamond is expensive. A three-quarter diamond costs less. Find a custom size that’s in-between and you’re in the “close enough” zone. Just go ahead and call it a carat, even if it’s a little less.
Be An Illusionist: Settling for a smaller size isn’t a big deal if you know the workarounds. For instance certain settings, such as a halo setting, can make a smaller diamond look much larger than it actually is by surrounding it with smaller stones.
Diamonds Have Colors: If a personal driver didn’t take you to work in a limousine this morning, you probably don’t have any business shopping for a white diamond. Diamonds actually have a color scale, and while your eye might not be able to tell the difference, your checking account definitely can. “Faint color” is considered middle of the road and unless you’re a diamond guru, you won’t be able to tell much of a difference. The more “color” a diamond engagement ring shows, the more money you’ll save.
Some Cuts Cost More: The price of a diamond isn’t just based on its size and purity. The cut of a diamond can also impact the price. For instance, an oval or cushion cut will save some money compared with some of the more intricate cuts.Choose a Shop That Will Let You Trade Up
Shops like Galicia Jewelers in Scottsdale take jewelry trades, and that could be enough to help take a dent out the price of your diamond engagement ring. Maybe your mom has some jewelry lying around that she’s willing to donate for your engagement fund.
When it comes to buying diamond engagement rings, make sure you give yourself a winning chance at getting the best ring possible on your budget. When the moment comes, you’ll be glad you went the extra mile.
Call Galicia Jewelers today to talk to an expert in diamond cuts and settings at 480-421-9688.
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