How to choose a diamond engagement ring to buy for your girl?
Learning how to buy a diamond is often a thing that guys will never consider until the day comes that they decide that they are going to propose to their partner.
Choosing a diamond engagement ring can be a very daunting experience when you have very little knowledge about what you are buying. When spending a significant amount of money on any purchase you know that to make the best decision you need to learn about what you are buying. So here is quick guide on how to choose the right diamond engagement ring to buy for your special girl.
Here are our best tips for guys on how to choose a diamond engagement ring
The most important tip for guy on how to choose a diamond engagement ring, even if it does not interest you.
Never buy the first thing that you see that will probably do the job.
Remember you are buying a ring that is going to be forever and is going to cost you a lot of money. Don’t compromise on quality, put some effort into your purchase and you will find great value and she will love you more for the extra effort.
Do your research – learn about diamonds and see what you are actually buying
Go to the local stores – this will give you a starting point for designs and what you get at the retail store level. The diamonds sold in local chain stores are usually very poor quality and are very simple mass produced design diamond engagement rings that have no unique qualities but are there to provide an easy solution for the bottom end of the diamond engagement ring market. Although very low quality the price is very high for the quality and like we often find these rings have almost no resale value if you ever want to sell or upgrade the ring later.
Go to the city stores – to view better quality diamond engagement rings from a retail store it will usually require a trip into a major city or very large shopping complex. Here there will be the full variety from budget chain stores to the high-end boutique jewelers. The quality stores should have a much better selection of designer engagement rings and should have a greater selection of certified diamonds in the rings. Looking at the right stores will get you a good quality ring but at their full price will cost you greatly for the convenience of selecting the ring from the window. Even when retail stores have a 40 or 50% off sale on diamond engagement rings their prices are still higher than purchasing through a direct diamond specialist and correctly selecting a diamond.
Selecting a pre-made ring is easy and convenient but will often not give you a clear understanding about what you are buying. Retail sales assistants are there to sell and they will often give you very little about the diamond that you are buying and more about how beautiful the ring is and how perfect it will be for you to buy.
Probably the best advice that we can give you about the retail system is that every store is designed to sell a particular quality of diamond engagement ring and they will all naturally tell you that their quality is the best for you because they want to sell you their ring. This creates a lot of conflicting information but in the end talking to a number of stores will give you a starting point and let you experience the retail side of the diamond engagement ring industry.
Do some internet research – internet research is quick and convenient and you can find a lot of information in a very short amount of time without the need to travel outside your home or office. The only problem is is that there is a lot of information out there and navigating all of the information can be confusing. The internet prices will give you a much better idea of the true pricing of a diamond engagement ring but be wary that there can still be a lot of misinformation and the quality of diamonds available is still very broad.
Find a diamond specialist to help you choose a diamond
Once you have done all of your own research the best thing to do next is to talk with a diamond specialist. A diamond specialist is not a retail sales person and does not have a traditional type retail store. A diamond specialist is a diamond grading expert who often deals directly in the purchase and sale of loose certified diamonds. A diamond specialist has all of the correct diamond knowledge and will be able to work with you to determine the best quality diamond for your requirements. A diamond specialist is often a wholesale diamond merchant who can sell you any variety of diamond you require at the best possible price. They may have these diamonds in stock but for larger or unusual diamonds will often help you find one directly which will get you the best possible price for your chosen diamond.
Find out what she wants – any hints or suggestions your girlfriend may have mentioned to you during your relationship is probably a very good indication of the shape of diamond or design of engagement ring that she want you to buy her. If you are unsure and fell that you know a friend of hers that may have some answers and will keep the secret can also get you some good advice. Knowing what she doesn’t like is just as important as what she does like.
Don’t get sucked into a sale – diamonds are the same price all around the world and cost everyone the same amount for the same quality diamond. If a ring is on sale then that only means that is was marked up too high in the first place. It is very rare that you will miss out on a single diamond quality as there will often be many more available with the same specifications somewhere else.
Do not buy the ring, buy the diamond – once you have chosen a ring design know that you can have this copied with anyone you wish. The diamond cost will usually make up to around 80% of the total cost of the engagement ring so buying the diamond first is where you will save the money and then have it set into your chosen design.
Make the ring special for her – don’t just pick a generic ring off the shelf show her how much you lover her and put that little bit of extra effort in to make her a one off diamond engagement ring that will be specially made just for her.
Plan your proposal – once you have designed her the perfect diamond engagement ring with the help of your diamond specialist plan her the perfect day to get engaged. Think of a special place or venue that has significance to your relationship or an activity that you both love and make it a magical and memorable day.
Remember you always get what you pay for, if it seems to cheep it probably is. If you find a diamond that you think is too good to pass up always check with an independent diamond specialist to make sure there are no hidden catches.