If you’re starting to shop for an engagement ring, this is probably the first time you’ve been through such an experience. Deciding to pop the question is a life-changing moment, and you’re probably anxious to get the ring and proposal just right. Here are a few things nobody may have told you about engagement ring shopping, to ease you into the process.
You might be tempted to tell everyone that you’re planning a proposal. Spending a lot of time thinking it all over may mean you want to share it with everyone you know. It’s exciting, it’s new, and you want to shout your love from the rooftops. While it’s fine to tell one or two trusted people, the more people who know, the more risk there is that your partner finds out. Be careful about blurting it out, if you’re really set on a surprise proposal.
You don’t have to learn everything there is to know about diamonds. In fact, you probably won’t be able to. Industry experts devote their entire careers to understanding diamonds and gemstones, and that’s just not necessary for buying an engagement ring. Try to spend a couple of hours learning about the 4Cs, look at lots of different loose diamonds to see the subtle differences between them, and then opt for the best quality that your budget will allow. Don’t stress about imperfections that can only be seen with a loupe.
White gold is not necessarily more affordable than platinum. While the initial purchase of a platinum engagement ring is typically a few hundred dollars more, white gold will need to be re-plated approximately once a year. A typical service will cost between $50 and $75, so keep this in mind when making your decision. Platinum engagement rings are also hypoallergenic, making it a wise choice for those with skin sensitivities.
It might take a little longer than you think to find the right engagement ring. When you first start looking at rings, they might all seem equally beautiful; you could just choose one and be done. As you learn more about diamonds, settings and the skill required to craft quality engagement rings, you’ll decide whether a timeless solitaire or a vintage-inspired ornate engagement ring is the right way to go. It typically takes shoppers around two months to find a ring, so don’t worry about choosing one as soon as possible.
That said, keep the return policy carefully in mind when deciding how soon to pop the question. This isn’t necessarily because your proposal could be turned down; your partner might not like the ring and could prefer to get an exchange. Ritani’s return policy allows you 30 days to return the ring for a full refund, so don’t put the ring away and not propose for a couple of months unless you’re sure the ring will be a hit. For more information about returns, please contact our experts at 1.888.9RITANI.
You’ll start seeing engagement rings and jewelry everywhere you go. While you might previously have not noticed women wearing fine jewelry, you’ll now appreciate the different styles on all around you, and look to them for inspiration. You won’t be able to resist looking in the windows of jewelry stores – or indeed – paying much more attention to your loved one’s jewelry and sense of style. When you visit a jeweler, one of the first questions they’ll ask you is what their everyday clothing and jewelry choices are, so start looking as soon as possible.
Are you currently shopping for an engagement ring? What has been the most surprising part of the experience for you?