The engagement ring is, in a way, a confirmation of a man’s commitment to his wife-to-be. Therefore, you should make sure that it’s a piece of jewelry that your fiance will love forever. For that, you have to avoid these ten rookie mistakes:
1. Not doing the research
You can’t just wing it when you’re buying an engagement ring. There are many different types of ring builds, models, and gemstone options. The major element of the piece of jewelry should either be diamond or moissanite, but that’s not all you have to worry about. You should also consider the style of the ring and whether it is vintage, modern, or minimalist. Consider your loved one’s taste when figuring out the style you need. All of the different options can be overwhelming, and without proper research, there’s no way that you can choose the perfect ring.
2. Winging the ring size
A ring should fit well on the wearer’s finger, and much like a suit, it has to be tailored to fit your partner’s finger specifically. You can’t just randomly buy an engagement ring and expect it to sit well on your fiance’s finger. The problem is that the proposal should be a surprise, and you don’t want to clue her in by measuring her finger in front of her. You may want to be sneaky and measure the diameter of her favorite ring to find out her size. Be creative and thoughtful, and don’t settle for anything less than the best!
3. Wait to buy a ring during the engagement season
The months of November through February tends to be engagement season, and that’s when the demand for rings is at its peak. You want to make sure that you avoid these seasons, as the selection of the rings may not be as vast, not to mention that the price might go up as well. No matter when you want to propose, purchase the ring well in advance before the engagement season is in full swing.
4. Not knowing about the cut
The cut of the gemstones helps to disperse the light, making the gems shine brighter. There are many different types of cuts, and all of them have their own unique effect. Some are classic, such as the old single cut or the well-known old European cut, while others aren’t seen quite as often nowadays, such as the Trillion cut. Regardless of the type of cut that you go for, make sure it’s up to GIA or AGS standards, as these certificates will tell you that the cutting was professionally done and as close to perfection as possible.
5. Not consulting with the experts
You wouldn’t trust a random guy on the street to do your plumbing, and in the same way, you shouldn’t trust anyone else but an expert when choosing an engagement ring. Jewelers have had years of experience in reviewing, evaluating, and choosing rings for couples, and you should trust their expertise in this matter. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have any input in choosing the ring, as you can simply tell the jeweler what type of ring you want, and they can suggest a few different options for you. It’s a smarter plan, and it will help you to get the best ring that suits your budget.
6. Not planning the budget
Speaking of budget - you have to manage it well in advance to avoid putting yourself in a serious financial crisis. We understand that you want the best for your fiance, but that doesn’t mean that you should put yourself under for it. You have to know how to take care of yourself before you can look to share the love, which is why you need to plan out your financial situation before you go out and buy a ring.
7. Not covering your tracks
If you want to make the proposal a huge surprise, be sure to cover your tracks. If your fiance is a regular at a jewelry shop, be sure to tell them not to mention anything to her if she drops by. Also, you want to make sure you delete your browsing history and cookies to make sure that she doesn’t see the suggestions or engagement ring ads popping up in your computer. Once you got the ring, be sure to hide the receipt and the ring well. If the ring is to be delivered to you at your home, be sure to coordinate with the delivery service so that they don’t accidentally give it to her.
8. Buy the ring uninsured
You never know what’s going to happen, so the best thing to do is to make sure that your ring is insured. An engagement ring is an investment, and you want to make sure that it’s protected years down the line. Trust us - the peace of mind the insurance will give you is worth every extra bit of money.
9. Being too focused on the diamond
The perfect diamond doesn’t exist, but the one that’s perfect for your fiance’s finger does. The most important thing you need to remember is not just the quality of the diamond, but the design, fit, and care they put into crafting this piece of jewelry. An amazing piece of diamond isn’t going to look good if the cut quality is sub-par. You need to weigh out the value in each choice and pick one that you and your wife-to-be will love for the rest of your lives.
10. Not planning for the wedding ring
This ties back to the financial planning, as you shouldn’t look to spend your entire budget on the engagement ring. You need to make sure that you have enough budget left for the wedding ring, as that’s also a huge part of the entire wedding process. You have to choose a wedding ring that pairs well with the engagement ring as if they were from the same collection. Some shops will offer a complete set for you outright, and they may be able to cut you a special deal if you’re going to buy them in pairs.