A Man's Guide to buying engagement rings
Buying an engagement ring for your loved one can seem rather confusing these days, especially with all the choice and technical details that come with such a purchase. With all this to take into account, we wanted to simplify the decision for you. We have also linked to other articles on our site, if you feel you want more information to ensure your engagement ring purchase is perfect.
Engagement Rings Tips to consider
Decide your budget - Two months salary is normally what the average person is willing to pay. The key is to make sure you are comfortable with what you can afford.
Metal type - Check your partner's existing jewellery, they might like Yellow Gold, Rose Gold or prefer a whiter metal, such as White Gold, Platinum, Palladium or Silver. The Cost will vary depending on the type of metal you choose. Platinum is the most expensive, followed by Gold, Palladium and finally Silver.
Stone shape - The stone shape is very important from the wearer's perspective. You have quite a few options to choose from. Think about what will suit your partner . For a better insight into what shape diamond to choose from, view - Engagement ring stone shapes.
What's affordable? - Ok so you have decided on a metal colour and design and now you are thinking about affordability. Come and talk to us for the perfect, affordable engagement ring. Top engagement rings.
What technical details do I need to know? Well you could do with knowing about diamond colour and diamond clarity. When it comes to diamond colour, grade D is the most expensive, as it is graded exceptional white. The diamond colour J is slightly tinted yellow. This grade will be less expensive. Anything below the grade of J for diamond colour should not really be considered.
Diamond Clarity should also be considered. The grade of FL means flawless, this will be a very expensive diamond. The scale continues down to IF - VVS1 - VVS2 - VS1 VVS2 - VS1 - VS2 - S11 - S12 - and S12.
The further you go down the scale the more inclusions your diamond will have and this will affect the overall cost. Inclusions are tiny lines or black dots inside the diamond. These can't be seen by the human eye but can be seen under a magnifying glass. For some alternative info you can check out these:
What is a diamond facet?
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Ring Size - Very important, especially if there are going to be diamonds set into the band... besides, you want to make a good impression when you present it while on bended knee, right..?
We suggest you keep an eye on other jewellery she might try on 'that' finger... then either borrow it so we can measure it, or try it on yourself and take note of exactly which finger or knuckle you can get it to fit, and we will measure you to get a close estimate. If it will be problematic to get the exact size without giving the game away, that is often the only way get close to size.
Popular engagement rings
So what is currently popular when thinking about buying your engagement ring? Its important to get the design of the ring right. Think about your partner's style, are they classic, trendy, original or designer? We have selected a few fine examples for you in the following article. What's the jewellery trend?
I'm looking for something completely different
You don't want to follow the crowd? Chain Store Jewellery is popular due to it's cost, but it doesn't suit everyone. There are some very creative styles that stand apart from standard engagement rings. If you want designer, then talk to us about your ideas and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Buying online can save a bit. Or get you into a world of trouble. The main reason for jewellery being cheaper is you're not paying for overheads of a shop front, and currently - no GST. If you don't like the idea of your money going to a faceless corporation, support your local jeweller - keep your money working in your own community! If you do decided to buy online then look out for the following:
• Established company.
• 30 - 40 days return policy - you wont be involved in the making process, so the ring may not be suitable.
• Your ring comes with industry recognised certificates.
• Live, current customer reviews.
• Customer service line.
• Read their terms and conditions.
• Please make sure they are a reputable jewellery company.
You might want to consider getting it insured.
You should be able to do this on your existing home insurance policy. You may need to arrange specific insurance if the engagement ring is of high value - speak to your broker - if you don't have one, we recommend talking to Paul at Insurance Tailors, who are our own insurance brokers.
Need more Facts?
If you follow this link you can read some more facts on engagement rings. This may help with your final choice before purchase.