Buying an engagement ring can be a tough thing to do! It involves attention to detail, time and of course – money. So, how can we make this process easier for people who are planning to propose to their significant others? Easy! Andrew Fox, CEO of SuperJeweler came up with four essential rules when going through the engagement ring process. Because no one REALLY means it when they say, “The ring doesn’t matter. I just want to be with you.”
- Plan in Advance – Know what your significant other likes, within in reason of course. Andrew says “it’s really simple to find out what your significant other likes. Pay attention to their style and even ask if you’re not sure!” Make sure to know your forever person’s ring size as well and an appointment at a jeweler way in advance of your proposal date, just in case!
- Ask for Advice – Getting your family and your significant other’s family involved is a great way to do some additional bonding. Asking them to help you choose the perfect ring not only makes for a less stressful decision, but you are more likely to pick something that your partner will love!
- Know the Four C’s – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. There are terms you must have knowledge of because choosing an engagement ring. Andrew says “the cut determines the diamond’s reflective qualities, while the color can range from yellow to brown”. Andrew mentions that colorless diamonds are the rarest. Clarity defines as the internal or external characteristics or blemishes of the diamond. Most characteristics/blemishes can only be seen by magnification so try not to stress to much about that! Lastly is carat which Andrew says, “is basically the weight measured in metric carats. The larger the carat, the larger the diamond!”
- Budget, Budget Budget! – Let’s be real, engagement ring shopping can be pretty pricey. It’s imperative to set a budget for yourself and to make sure that your partner knows that you have a set budget. “Make sure you save up in advance so that you know what you can afford. Also look into financing options so that you don’t have to pay one big lump sum at once!” says Andrew.