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Top 10 Myths About Buying A Diamond Engagement Ring

Jul 16, 2008
Buying a diamond engagement ring is a big step for many men. However, some of the myths which are out there today about these ring purchases make men tread lightly when purchasing an engagement ring as they are concerned about going about it in the right manner. The following will list the top 10 myths associated with buying a diamond engagement ring and set the record straight for ring shoppers.

You Must Spend 2 Month's Salary on a Diamond Engagement Ring

This is an often quoted sentiment which is in fact a myth. There is no set rule which states how much you must spend on a diamond engagement ring. Therefore, you can spend more or less than 2 month's salary depending on what you can afford and what you wish to spend.

All Diamond Rings Are Expensive

Not all diamond rings have to be expensive. There are some very beautiful and modestly priced diamond engagement rings which are sure to dazzle your loved one.

There Is a Right Type of Engagement Ring and a Wrong Type of Engagement Ring

There is no right or wrong type of engagement ring to buy. You should select a diamond ring which will please your future bride and meet your budget all at the same time.

There Is Only One Style of Engagement Ring

Engagement rings with diamonds come in a wide array of styles. You can choose from various metals, numbers of diamonds, carat size and various style varieties. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to the choices available to those who are shopping for engagement rings.

You Can Only Purchase Diamond Engagement Rings at Jewelry Stores

Diamond engagement rings are available in a wide variety of locations. Not only can you find these precious gems at retail jewelry stores but you can also search antique shops, department stores and many websites which sell diamond rings.

The Bigger the Diamond, The Better the Ring

It is not the size which makes a diamond engagement ring beautiful. There are so many other qualities to consider when selecting an engagement ring such as color, clarity and cut amongst other traits. A smaller diamond engagement ring may in fact be more beautiful than one which has a larger diamond set within it.

The Ring Selection Is Better At High Price Jewelry Stores

Higher priced jewelry stores such as Tiffany's may have a wonderful jewelry selection but they may not have the best selection when compared to all the other jewelry stores in the world. High-end jewelry boutiques are famous for their pricey rings and beautiful selection. However, if you are searching for a good selection of reasonably priced rings, you may find exactly what you are looking for at a regular type of jewelry store as opposed to one which is considered a high-end jewelry boutique.

Yellow Gold Rings Are a Thing of the Past

In the past, diamond engagement rings made of yellow gold were extremely popular. Today, other metals have come to the forefront such as platinum and white gold. With that said, yellow gold rings are certainly not out of style. Choose a ring metal which will best suit the tastes of your loved one.

There Should Only Be One Diamond

Also in the past years, rings which featured one larger diamond were the most popular. Today, baguettes are extremely fashionable and what woman doesn't like extra little diamonds to complement the main attraction of their ring. Therefore, if your loved one would like smaller diamonds, perhaps considering baguettes would be a good choice.

You Need to Know Your Future Bride's Ring Size

Lastly, the myth that you must know your future brides ring size is often stated. It is helpful if you do have this information handy, but if not your future bride can always have the ring sized to fit her better once you have given it to her.
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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