How to Choose an Engagement Ring
Engagement rings are a once in a life time investment for most people. It can be a daunting experience finding the perfect ring for your girl . You might wonder how so many pieces of jewelry are marked down 50 to 70 percent. Most people conclude that there is something wrong with the stone or the quality of the entire ring for it to be priced so low. Stop trying to figure out why it is so cheap, because it isn’t. I spent many years selling fine jewelry in some of the biggest retail companies in America. Jewelry has a mark up of 300% which is why a huge sale might look so overwhelming. The first thing to remember is don’t ever buy something that is at full price. If it is truly a one of a kind made to order item the price is between you and the jeweler to set but even then you should find the cost of similar size and quality stones to come to a dignified amount. With all the choices available to you with the click of a mouse there should be no problem getting a deal. I don’t think that anyone will want you to take your business elsewhere because they insisted on not budging on the price.
It is wise to shop from a store with a good reputation. If you are buying the ring on-line be sure that there is a return warranty so you are not stuck with a product that does not meet the description given. The stores reputation is not always the final way to go about the purchase. Sometimes exceptional jewelry is being sold by the owner in need of quick cash. Again, be sure to have a guaranteed return policy.
Before you start shopping you need to figure out a few things. Of course you can always just pick out the first thing that catches your eye but here are a few pointers to keep in mind.
Shape of the main or center stone / diamond
The shape of the stone will not affect the price. Not until you are looking at size and quality will the shape play a part in the overall ring. When looking at the ring on her finger the shape will be the first thing most people notice. It is best to find out what your Fiancée prefers when it comes to shape since she will be wearing it. I am certain that she will be happy no matter what you choose.
It is not hard to figure out her preference without actually coming out and asking her. When you see someone else wearing a ring make a remark about the shape. Don’t be obvious, wait for someone that is showing off their ring. Make a remark about the ring and 10 out of 10 times she will give her opinion.
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These are the basic shapes that you will find.