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5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Diamond Engagement Ring

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Going engagement ring shopping??

Engagement ring shopping is a big commitment and a huge step to taking your relationship to the next level- congratulations! We're so happy for you and your future partner and we're here for you, every step of the way. Before you start getting overwhelmed and figuring out how much $$$ you're going to have to spend, we gathered a few useful tips that will make the entire engagement ring shopping experience much more pleasurable.

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5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go Engagement Ring Shopping

Know Your 4 C's

Kaeleigh Testwuide of The Diamond Reserve says, before going out and just purchasing an engagement ring, it is always important to get educated on diamond quality, the 4c's and fluorescents. Any reliable jeweler will go over diamond quality and characteristics with you, but having your own knowledge is best to ensure you understand the terminology being used and can make an educated diamond purchase that is best for you and your budget.

The 411 on Grading Laboratories

Before going out and purchasing a diamond engagement ring, it is important to understand what a grading laboratory is and does and which lab certification you want your diamond to come with. Grading laboratories evaluate the quality of diamonds, giving different grades to all the characteristics, that way when you purchase a diamond you are not just trusting the jeweler telling you what it is, but the laboratory that graded it.

Decide on Your Style

Before engagement ring shopping, it is important to find out what your partner may or may not like in terms of the shape of the diamond and the style of the setting. While some love the halo setting, others do not, and you may think they would want white gold, but in reality, they want yellow gold. Although this is your purchase, your partner has to wear the engagement ring for a very long time and you want it to be something they cherish and love and not just something they look at and wish they had something different.

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 Find a Diamond Expert or Private Jeweler

Before going out and purchasing a diamond engagement ring it is important to consider if your partner had their heart set on a designer style ring or if they care more about the center diamond and maximizing its size and quality.  If you do go the designer route, it is always good to find out if the retailer or designer will let you provide the diamond. Go straight to the private jeweler, and be sure to shop a few of them.
 Find the jeweler that you trust the most, has great reviews, educates you, and pays close attention to your wants and needs as the client!
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Make a Engagement Ring Shopping Timeline

Before purchasing an engagement ring it is always best to consider your timeline. You never want to go shopping for an engagement ring in a pinch. Give yourself plenty of time to get educated and find a jeweler you can trust; it is never a good idea to buy the first thing you see, especially when it comes to engagement rings and diamonds. engagement ring shopping Photos by The Diamond Reserve For more ring-spiration... This Tool is the Answer to Getting an “I-Actually-Love-It” Engagement Ring Everything You Need to Know About Engraving Your Wedding Bands