As I am writing this post, I can't help but look down at my diamond engagement ring, and love everything about it! The shiny metal, the sparkly diamonds, the way it looks on my finger, and that it came from the love of my life. I offered my fiance no real help, when he was shopping for my rock, but the words "vintage" and "bling bling baby" were repeated when the subject would come up. lol Which leads to my main point. I had no idea what I really wanted, but I knew I wanted a princess cut diamond.
I have never made a post for grooms on my blog before, so here's the very first post for the soon to be grooms out there!
10 Ways To Shop For An Diamond Engagement Ring
1. Know your soon to be fiancee
Make sure you know your fiancee's ring size. Usually the ring size is the same size as your shoe size, but I've been told that only a myth. Have her closest friend or sibling ask for you. Think of a creative way to find it out.
Also, you should know your fiancee's style. Is she a simple kind of girl, or does she like a lot of bling? Does she wear a lot of jewelry? you could probably find inspiration with the jewelry she does have. What kind of metal does she wear more? Gold tones, rose gold, silver? Look around her jewelry box and check it out.
Communication is key! Bring up the engagement ring conversation every now and then. Make sure you bring up the conversation discreetly especially if you are going the traditional route and picking her engagement ring without her knowing. My fiance would bring up the conversation when a commercial of engagement rings came on TV, or when we passed by the diamond section of Costco, or BJ's. I didn't really notice what he was doing, but I was more than happy to talk about it.
My fiance was pretty slick, because when we first started dating (like 2 months dating) he came across a jewelry ad of engagement rings in the newspaper (when newspapers were apart of every Sunday). I'm not sure if he planted it there, but he asked me which shape of diamond I liked best. I told him, and never changed my mind. Ask her these kinds of questions. It doesn't hurt to find out the little details like that.
Ask her what metal she would prefer, shape of the diamond, and color of diamond. Find out if she even wants a diamond. This is very new, and in fact a lot of women don't want diamonds, they either want their birthstone, or their favorite stone like Emeralds, or Sapphires.
3. Insight into your soon to be fiancee
To gain more insight to your fiancee, without spoiling the surprise you can always find her profile on Pinterest!! Women tend to hope their men go to their Pinterest and see what they like. If your lucky she's probably liked, or pinned a few engagement rings. This will tell you exactly what she likes, and hopefully helps you a great deal.
You can also talk to her best friends, or siblings. Believe me, she's told some of them exactly what she wants! I must have told my best friends, and my sister exactly what kind of ring I wanted, just in case my boyfriend would ask them. I think I drove them crazy, but believe me they know. They may be the right people to talk too.
4. You can never do enough research
Before you head out to the store to shop for your gal's engagement ring, do your research. You can never do enough to be honest. You can learn so much about diamonds, things you didn't know at all. How diamonds are dealt, appraised, who sells diamonds with the correct licenses.
Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat weight! Gia, and Anjolee are great websites to get more information on the 4C's.
Color is the most important! You want your diamond to be as white and colorless as possible. The best colors are D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, etc. but anything after K isn't worth it. It starts to get really yellow.
Clarity is how many flaws are in your diamond.
Cut is how your diamond is cut to make the diamond shine, or more technical terms, how the facets interact with light.
Carat weight!! Every girl wants a big carat! I guess the standard would be 1 to 2 carats. It all depends on how much you can spend on the ring.
I honestly think the setting is the most important part of the engagement ring for women. We want the perfect setting. We are so concerned how you will pick the setting, and scared you'll pick the wrong one. Women don't understand at this time that the setting isn't as important as the diamond itself. We can always get a new setting.
My advice, set aside money for the perfect setting, but but your ring in a basic normal setting. (if your buying the engagement ring as a surprise to your bride. If your taking your bride to shop for a engagement ring, this doesn't matter) You don't have to stress out too much about the setting, and let your bride pick out a setting she likes after you propose.
7. Diamonds are forever
Diamonds are truly forever. Your fiancee will own this diamond for the rest of her life. Pick out the best diamond. You might also want to find out if your fiancee is interested in a diamond with color. Like a pink, or yellow diamond. Those diamonds are very pretty, and a lot of women love colored diamonds.
They say you should spend 2 pay checks on the engagement ring. I know you will want to either pay less, or more, but you should stick to a budget.
Look into insuring the engagement ring! Find a insurance company that has been insuring diamonds for years. A lot of the jewelry insurance will insure the whole ring, given if its lost, stolen, etc. They will replace the ring, and replicate it as much as possible.
10. From the heart
Don't stress out about buying the wrong ring. Whatever you buy your fiancee she will love! Lets this process by fun, and exciting. You could never pick an ugly diamond lol women love diamonds and that's all there is to it.
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