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The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying an engagement ring


The period between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day is the most popular time for proposals. If you’re planning to ask the one you love to marry you, there will be the question of which engagement ring to choose and whether to surprise her with one on the day or to take her shopping after she has accepted.

Whichever route you take, it’s important to get the finances right, not to overspend, consider how it will fayre with daily wearing and the choices of gemstones available.

DO – have a budget

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that an engagement ring has to be the equivalent of your salary for the next couple of months. This way of thinking is well and truly in the past and it’s now about what you can actually afford. Look at your income and expenditure, do some research on engagement ring prices and set a budget.

DO – save up before making a purchase

Getting into debt to buy an engagement ring isn’t the best way to start a life of happiness together. In the months running up to the proposal, start to save up until you’ve reached your target budget.

DO – consider the style of jewelry your fiancé likes to wear

If it’s something you’ve not really thought of in the past, now is the time to start looking at the kind of rings she likes to wear. Are they traditional? Contemporary? Quirky? She will want a ring which complements her tastes so take note of those she wears the most or any jewelry she passes comment on whilst you’re saving up. Houston jewelry specialists have styles for every taste.

DON’T –  follow convention blindly

An engagement ring is a purely personal decision. Don’t choose a metal you know she doesn’t wear or a style of diamond just because they are popular with other people. There’s an incredible range of gem shapes on the market so take the time to really look at the designs available.

DO – consider her lifestyle

If your wife to be has a job where her ring may become damaged; she works as a chef, craftswoman or gardener perhaps, look for a setting which reflects her day to day life. A job which involves wearing gloves for example – a nurse perhaps – would mean that a high set stone could often tear the fabric and make it difficult for her to continue wearing it whilst at work. There are a number of settings; prong, bezel and halo are just a few and each can fit different jobs or hobbies to ensure there are no scratches, dents or possibility of lost stones.

DON’T – see it as an ‘investment piece’

An engagement ring should never be about money – whether it’s the present or future value. It’s a symbol of commitment and love so don’t ever be swayed into a style you know won’t suit her just because you feel it will be worth more in years to come.

DO – consider other gemstones apart from diamonds

Diamonds are obviously very popular but there is now a huge trend towards colored diamonds which are known as ‘fancy’ diamonds and other gemstones such as emeralds and rubies. Other options are often much more affordable; amethyst or labradorite perhaps and they look fantastic when set in the right metal and shaped accordingly.

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