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10 Things Not to Do When Buying an Engagement Ring

There are a lot of helpful guides on how to buy a diamond when it comes to buying an engagement ring. A lot has been said and written about the best way to approach various situations. But what if you go the wrong way? Don'ts for buying an engagement ring: here are the top 10!
  1. Don’t expect to pay pennies on the dollar.

    Wham! We're here to dismantle your hopes and aspirations right away. I'm joking, of course. We're firmly in the "Only buy a ring you can afford" camp here. No matter how much money you can afford, you should never buy a ring that is out of your price range. Our goal is to help you save money on your engagement ring, which is why we're always on the lookout for great deals. But we've had to let people down before. A 2 carat diamond will set you back at least $2000. Unless a diamond planet with enough rocks to make us all stir diamond dust into our morning coffee is discovered, this will never happen. Oh, I see now that it has already occurred. The cost of diamonds hasn't gone down. When you go shopping, it's important to have an idea of how much you're willing to spend, as well as realistic expectations. Remember that you don't have to buy an engagement ring made of diamonds, because there are many other ways to express your love for your significant other.

  2. Take the time to consider new possibilities!

    One of the newest trends in bridal jewelry is the use of gemstone engagement rings, as well as rings with or without gems. Diamonds are no longer a standard part of the engagement package. Don't limit yourself to the obvious: what color is her birthstone? What is your personal favorite when it comes to color? When you first said "I love you" or met for the first time. If so, does she have a preference for the more minimalistic, metallic looks? Or are the laurels and vines of a band made of organic, nature-inspired materials? There is no end to the possibilities when it comes to customizing an engagement ring.

  3. Keep in mind that you're buying for her, not for yourself.

    Those geometric-styled engagement rings might not be to your taste. She'll wear it every day for the rest of her life as a symbol of your commitment to her. No matter how you feel about rose gold or micropavé, this is the perfect time to give in to her desires. Not to mention, we're in the twenty-first century! You don't have to sound exactly like her band; you are free to be as inventive as you like.

  4. Don't obsess over the number of carats.

    There are 4 C's to keep in mind when purchasing a traditional diamond engagement ring. There are many factors that contribute to the beauty of a diamond; some are more important than others. Clarity and brevity are two of the most important aspects. The physical appearance and price of a diamond are influenced by many other factors besides the diamond's carat weight. The size or weight of a diamond isn't everything. Make sure you get the best deal possible if you want the biggest rock possible.

  5. Get over your certificate.

    We'll admit it: We lied. Cut, color, clarity, carat and certificate are all part of the modern engagement ring shopping experience. (6 C's if you include "cost"). Having a diamond tested by a third-party certifier ensures that the jeweler's claims are accurate. EGL is a well-known diamond grading laboratory, but GIA is the standard by which all others are judged. GIA certified diamonds have both advantages and disadvantages. It's nice to have a certificate, but it's not always required. It all comes down to personal taste and trust in the brand.

  6. If you're buying a designer ring, don't expect to walk out the door with it the same day.

    Want to buy one of our amazing DESIGNER engagement rings? If so, you've come to the right place. Welcome! We can't wait to assist you in finding the perfect ring for your loved one. It will be ready for you in about two to six weeks. It takes time to create a custom engagement ring. It may take a little longer to customize if your chosen diamond does not fit into a standard mounting, but it is well worth the wait. You and we work together to select the perfect diamond for your bride's taste and your budget, and then we finish the ring. The best things take time, so plan ahead and start your shopping early!

  7. Don't just go to the mall and call it a night.

    Forbidding you from avoiding the store if you've seen it advertised during a football game. We know you'll appreciate it.

  8. If you need a second opinion, don't be afraid to ask.

    What gives? Because of the –ahem- mass markup– that mass retailers have a tendency to use. It's very likely that you can find a better diamond and a better deal at an independent jeweler, regardless of how low the prices appear. Our goal is not to get your business, but to get you to look around at other independent jewelers instead of the mall, even if you don't buy anything from us. There are obviously some disadvantages to not being a PAT'S JEWELRY couple, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't save yourself from having to hear one of our corny commercials (ok, we have one too) every time someone asks where you got your engagement ring (and saves you a few thousand bucks.)

  9. Remember to check the Internet.

    Alternatively, you can just take our word for it and explore the link provided.

  10. Insurance is a must-have.

    Congratulations if you've made it to the end of this post! You're on your way to securing a fantastic price on a stunning ring that she'll cherish for a lifetime. Now is the time to safeguard all you've worked so hard to achieve. As soon as you receive your ring, contact your insurance agency and send a copy of your appraisal through fax, email, or regular mail so that you can have that precious gem covered. Consider inquiring about Jewelers Mutual! When it comes to monthly costs, it's likely to be less than the cost of a cable bill (often significantly less).

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