You did it! You finally found someone you know will be your life partner. But where do you go from here? You know you want to take your relationship to the next level, but when it comes to buying the ring, you aren’t sure where to start. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before putting money down on the engagement ring.
1- What is their style?
This part is one of the easiest to figure out. What kind of person are they? What type of jewelry do they wear normally? Keep in mind that diamonds aren’t the only route. There are several different options to choose from, including gemstones and simple bands. Take the time to find a style of ring as unique as their personality.
2- What is their ring size?
This step can be a bit trickier if you want to keep the engagement a surprise. If they have several rings in their jewelry box, swipe one and take it to the jeweler for them to measure. Just be sure to put it back where you found it. If they don’t have a ring to borrow, guessing is always an option. So long as you choose a ring style that is adjustable, you can bring them along afterward to get sized. When going this route, it’s best to overestimate their size so they can at least get it on their finger for the pictures they send to friends and family announcing that you popped the question.
3- What is your budget?
Traditionally, spending three months salary on the engagement ring is acceptable. According to Huffington Post, however, doing so might not be in your best interest. The more you spend on the ring, the more problems that can happen down the road. They found in a study that for many, the more spent on the engagement ring, the higher the rate of divorce. If you overspend on the ring, you run the risk of falling behind on bills. Financial problems cause a huge strain on relationships. For those on a strict budget, the best thing to do is to save money over time. That way the ring is less likely to be such a huge financial burden.
4- What are the four C’s?
If you want to get your partner a traditional diamond, there is more to consider. The four C’s—or Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat—is a term used in jewelry shops. How high your budget is determines how good of quality the diamond is. Visit this site for an in-depth look of how the four C’s factor into the price of the diamond.
5- Where do you purchase from?
The most obvious choice is from a jeweler, but it’s important to know that with this service comes a hefty price tag. There are more options out there to get your jewelry, but each comes with its own risks. There are several places online where you can customize your engagement ring to fit your partner’s style. For most, this is the most affordable option. Just be sure to read the reviews and make sure they are a reputable company. You can also purchase the ring at a department store. Be wary however that many of those working behind the counter are not trained as well as reputable jewelers, but you can still find a quality item at a good price.
6- Does it come with a warranty?
This question is one of the most important. You are looking at spending quite a bit of money on the engagement ring, and a warranty offers peace of mind. Make sure the place you are purchasing it from will fix any issues you have down the road with it, including stones falling out of their setting or imperfections in the band.
7- When will you propose?
If you are getting the ring custom-made, this is huge to consider. Most adjustments or customizations take weeks to complete, so if you’re planning on popping the question in a few days, getting a ring that needs a lot of work is not going to be your best choice.