1. Know What Your Partner Likes
Before getting engaged, it’s a good idea to know what your partner likes and what they expect in a ring. Do they have a specific metal in mind (white gold, yellow gold, platinum?) Do they want a solitaire or a multi-stone ring? Do they prefer a minimal look or an elaborate design? Big stone, or smaller stone? Some women have a very specific idea of what they want, while others aren’t sure. This conversation may be a bit awkward, especially when it comes to the expected price range, but it’s an important thing to discuss ahead of time!
2. Know Your Budget
You don’t want to be a cheapskate, but you also don’t want to get in over your head. That’s why creating a budget is so important! This will help you narrow down the options as you shop for a ring. Luckily, there’s beautiful jewelry available at all price points. A great jeweler can help you stay within your budget with the least amount of compromise possible!
3. Understand Types of Gemstones and the 4 Cs
Does your partner want a non-traditional gemstone like sapphire, or does she want a diamond? Make sure to learn about the properties of the gemstone she wants. Different gemstones may have different pros and cons. If you’re shopping for a diamond, take a few minutes to learn the 4 Cs, which are the markers of quality for a diamond. This will help you make a good decision on the ring you choose.
4. Be Flexible
Are you planning to surprise your partner with a ring? Despite your best efforts, there’s a chance that the ring might not be what your partner had anticipated. It’s often a good idea to let your new fiancée know that she can swap out the ring for a different style if she wants to. Of course, make sure to buy a ring with a return policy if you think this may be the case.
5. Talk with a Trusted Jeweler
To make your engagement ring dreams into a reality, you’ll need a trusted jeweler to answer your questions and help you find the ring that meets your budget and needs. A good jeweler will have extensive knowledge about all types of engagement rings. They will also have a wide selection of items to match your budget and preferences, and they should be able to order different stones or settings for you.
6. Consider Going the Custom Route
Many couples enjoy designing a one-of-a-kind engagement ring that is created specifically to their budget and style. Sometimes one partner designs it on their own as a surprise for the other partner, while other times, the couple works together to create something that suits both their tastes. At Gainesville Jewelry, our master jeweler would love to help you create a stunning custom piece!
When you’re shopping for an engagement ring for the love of your life, we’re here for you. Visit our Flowery Branch, GA location or give us a call today!