Feeling the pressure when it comes to popping the question? Not only are you probably worrying about how you’re going to propose (and whether they’ll say “yes!”), it’s likely you’re also wondering how to buy an engagement ring that’s going to seal the deal.
You might have found “the one”, but finding “the ring” is a challenge in itself. Avoid these 5 common mistakes people make when buying an engagement ring for a smooth proposal your other half won’t be able to resist.
- Buying a ring that’s too small
Underestimating the ring size is always worse than overestimating, because a ring that won’t slide onto a finger is a surefire way to kill the romance of the moment. Most people don’t know their partner’s ring size, so try to bring one they already wear on their ring finger.
If all else fails, opt for a bigger size; you can always take it for a resizing service if necessary.
2. Not doing your research
Do you know the difference between diamond cuts, clarity and colours? It can all feel like a bit of a minefield at first, but there is plenty of information available for those buying a ring this special for the first time.
Pay particular attention to the “cut”, which will have an impact on how sparkly or dull the diamond is. (Hint: we’re aiming for the former!)
Try to look for a diamond that is GIA certified, as these have undergone the strictest grading standards, so you can be confident in their quality. Though, do speak to your jeweller about all certifications on offer because they can help you find a diamond that’s undergone the necessary grading.
3. Opting for a trendy setting or style
Always work with a specialist jeweller who won’t give you the hard sell or push you into buying a ring you’re not comfortable with. You know your partner better than anyone else, so don’t fall into the trap of purchasing an engagement ring just because you’re told it’s “on-trend”.
Jewellery should be timeless and loved forever, so opt for a traditional setting if that’s your partner’s style, or a modern one if they like to stay ahead-of-the-curve. Either way, take your time and be sure to view a range of rings before you settle on the final one.
4. Forgetting to cover your tracks
Remember to be inconspicuous when it comes to both determining her ring size and keeping the secret post-purchase! Don’t spoil one of the most surprising and special moments of their life by leaving a trail of clues behind.
In today’s world of online remarketing, Google Ads and social media ads for engagement rings will pop up for weeks after you’ve been browsing, so always do your research using a private browser. Hide receipts or paperwork and figure out a way to make sure they don’t see your bank statement!
5. Not taking out insurance
Insurance might be the last thing on your mind, but not protecting the jewellery is a huge mistake that could come back to haunt you in the future. Insure the piece for damage, loss and theft for peace-of-mind for you and your partner.
If you have any questions on finding the perfect engagement ring and would like support from the specialist jewellers at Joseph George, call 03 9654 4899 or contact us online.