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Tips on Choosing the Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring

Jun 2, 2008
When the time comes to pop the question to a loved one, there are many different things to consider. Factors such as where to ask for one's hand in marriage and the timing thereof are both extremely important however purchasing the perfect engagement ring for the occasion is perhaps on the top of the importance list.

There are a few tips which one should keep in mind both prior to and during their engagement ring shopping expedition which will help to yield the best possible result which is that of the perfect engagement ring.

Know What Your Future Bride Likes and Dislikes

It is a good plan to have an idea as to what your future Bride likes and dislikes when it comes to diamonds, jewelry and if possible, engagement rings. Since many do not like to come right out and ask the significant other what type of ring they would like to have and wish to keep it a surprise, they can still hint around and find out what their tastes are in this department.

Simple things such as taking notice of their jewelry collection or asking friends and family members for advice on the subject may help the individual to narrow down the options when it comes time to buy the ring.

Have a Price Range In Mind Prior to Shopping

One should also know their intended price range when it comes to diamond engagement ring shopping. This is important for a few different reasons. First, it allows the shopper to focus in on a certain category of engagement rings. Secondly, by having a set price in mind, the shopper will not be tempted to spend above and beyond their limit which may cause problems down the road, especially if they finance the ring purchase.

The best way to come up with a desirable price range is to look at one's personal finances and see how much money they can pay each month if they intend to buy the ring on credit or through a financing plan.

Consider Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Sets

Another tip to keep in mind when shopping for an engagement ring is whether the ring is available with matching wedding bands. Frequently one will be able to find engagement rings and wedding bands which match one another and can be purchased as a set. This will not only look nice once the couple gets married as the bands will match but it may also provide a good deal when it comes to paying for the rings.

Shop Around and Take Your Time

Purchasers of engagement rings should also be sure to shop around at different jewelry locations and take their time when engaging in a purchase of this type. So long as the buyer is not in a rush to buy a ring, it will benefit the individual to embark on this important shopping journey carefully and thoughtfully. Doing so will bring about the best result, which is the purchase of a beautiful engagement ring.
About the Author
James Greene is a Graduate Gemologist and Master Gemologist Appraiser. James has been in the jewelry and appraisal business for over 25 years and specializes in Insurance and estate appraisals. http://www.diamondmarketwatch.com
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