The Most Common Engagement Ring–Buying Mistakes
Whether you’re just dreaming about an engagement ring, saving for one, or actually shopping for shopping for one, it’s important to learn from those who have already been through the process. After all, when it comes to purchasing an engagement ring—you expect it to be a one-time thing. You don’t purchase it with the expectation of redesigns, returns and exchanges. With this in mind, we’ve compiled the some of the biggest engagement ring–shopping “Don’ts”. Lance Shapiro, the Diamond Expert and Owner of Shapiro Diamonds, helps people with selecting and designing diamond engagement rings every day. He outlined the four biggest buying mistakes he most frequently sees.
1. Not Knowing the Right Finger Size
One of the most common mistakes when purchasing a diamond engagement ring is not knowing your partner’s finger size. Engagement rings with multiple diamonds shouldn’t be sized up or down more than one full size. If sized too much, it could damage the integrity of the ring, and increase the possibility of diamonds coming loose in the setting. Whenever possible, we recommend making the engagement ring in the correct finger size from the start. You can get your partner’s finger size by sliding a ring that she wears on either ring finger down on to a tapered / pillar candle and marking the top and bottom of where the ring hits in the wax. We can gauge her finger size based off of this measurement.
2. Not Knowing the Details
A common mistake is not knowing her favorite diamond shape or the ring style your partner wants. Secretly ask her friends and family or even look at her Pinterest boards to get an idea of her style and what ring she would like. Between solitaire, three-stone, halo, gemstone and pavé, there are a lot of engagement ring styles to choose from. You want to make sure you have a good idea of her dream ring before shopping.
3. Not Allowing Enough Time
Waiting until the last minute to order the ring is another common mistake. Our custom-designed engagement rings have a lead time of 2-4 weeks. If you have planned a proposal date, make sure you order the ring in time so that your proposal plan is perfect. Allow extra time if a trip is planned and booked, just to be safe.
4. Not Asking for Assistance
Purchasing an engagement ring is a big deal, and you should feel comfortable throughout the entire process. And, sometimes that means not going at it all alone. Don’t be hesitant to ask for a trusted friend or family member to come along with you for advice and a second set of eyes. Always work with a trusted jeweler and diamond expert and don’t be hesitant to ask questions.
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