I’ve heard it say that getting engaged is an important occasion. Well, saying that getting engaged is an important occasion is the understatementof the year, no offense to the person who made up that saying. An engagement is the concluding step in a series of steps leading you to the locating of the person you want to marry. These steps can be fraught with anxiety and full of excitement. At any rate, this journey can be a wild and crazy one. So, the act of getting engaged is a big huge deal! And part and parcel with the act of getting engaged is the research, choosing of, and purchasing an engagement ring. The steps below will hopefully guide you through the process that will end in your finding the right ring for you and for your fiancee.
1) Figure out what you can afford. Determining your budget should necessarily be the very first step you take. Once you have a number in your head, stick with it! If you’ve encountered many salespeople–and I’m sure you have–you know that they try to get you spend more than you think you want to spend. That’s the nature of their job: to get you to spend more so they can make a bigger commission. You can’t exactly fault them there, but you can stalwartly stick to your plan. Believe me, you can find your engagement ring at the price you’ve set beforehand assuming you have done your research to determine a reasonable range of prices for diamond engagement rings.
2) Know the 4Cs. The 4Cs–carat, cut, color, and clarity–are the way that jewelers determine a diamond’s value. Inform yourself as to what each C stands for so that you, one, have the language with which to discuss diamonds with salespeople, and two, have the ability to understand your options so you can make the best choice for you and your fiancee.
3) Do your homework. So, you’ve figured out what you can afford while avoiding the dire prospect where you are able to eat only McDonald’s for the next year. You’ve learned the 4Cs. Now, learn her style. In the months leading up to your purchase of her engagement ring, notice what styles of jewelry she wears. Notice what styles of jewelry she comments on or points out in advertisements in magazines or on television. If her jewelry is subtle and understated, chances are she will prefer a non-flashy look that tends more toward the classic. If, on the other hand, she loves loud jewelry, consider getting her a ring with a less traditional look. Be sure to ask questions in this same vein, but don’t ask her. Ask her friends. Ask her family members.
4) Bring a friend along. A friend who will help you stick to your financial plan and who you can bounce ideas off is an invaluable asset. He or she will be emotionally separate enough from the situation to advise you wisely.
5) Find a jeweler that you can trust. For those living in Calgary, Alberta, Davidson Jewelers is a fine choice. Their professional staff will have the information you need to help you make the best choice.