A woman’s engagement ring should be perfect. After all you are about to ask the woman of your dreams to spend the rest of her life with you and the ring is your token of love and devotion to her. So no pressure then? In reality most men find the idea of buying the right engagement ring very daunting. So how can you be sure to get it right? Follow our Top Tips for buying an engagement ring to make things a little easier.
Who Said Engagement Rings had to be Diamond Rings?
Well actually a company named De Beers did. And it stands to reason that a company that dominates the diamond industry wants the world’s population to believe that nothing less than a diamond is acceptable. Wikipedia states that:
Over the last century, De Beers has been highly successful in increasing consumer demand for diamonds. One of the most effective marketing strategies has been the marketing of diamonds as a symbol of love and commitment.
So don’t be fooled! Ruby and Sapphire Gemstones make wonderful engagement rings and are durable stones that can withstand daily wear. Of course, if your fiancé-to be would love a beautiful Diamond in her engagement ring then get her one! But remember that there are other options available and that coloured gemstone rings are becoming increasingly popular as Engagement rings.
Get Her What She Really Wants
So what it all boils down to it this. What does the special lady in your life really want? The most spectacular Ruby you can afford is not going to impress her if what she really wanted was a Diamond engagement ring. So how do you know what she will want?
Chances are if you are planning to ask your other half to marry you then you have at some point talked about it. So why not ask her what kind of ring she would like? Does she like big rings? Or would she prefer a collection of smaller stones? Has she always dreamed of having a Diamond ring or would she prefer something with a little more colour?
If you prefer a more subtle approach then you could ask her mother, sisters or friends for advice. An article in the Guardian suggested that:
One way to find out what she likes is to take a cue from the style of jewellery that she already owns.
By looking at the jewellery your lady already has you can learn a lot about what she likes. Pay careful attention to the colour of gold she prefers to wear and also to the colour of gemstone she loves. Listen to her as it is highly likely that she will have been dropping subtle hints about the ring for months that you have probably not picked up on!
You might even discover that your fiancé-to-be would actually prefer to choose her own ring although the majority of women do want to be surprised. As long as it is a good surprise of course!
Have a Look at Reconditioned Engagement Rings
If your budget does not allow you to buy the ring that you would really love to then consider taking a look at reconditioned jewellery. Reconditioned jewellery is jewellery that has already been worn and has been restored to like-new condition ready for re-sale. With most pieces of second-hand jewellery you won’t even be able to tell that they are not new.
Debretts Jewellery gave some excellent advice on points to consider when purchasing re-conditioned jewellery. The article recommended, for instance, that you:
Only buy from a reputable store
if you have never purchased a piece of used piece of jewellery before then you are unlikely to be experienced in what to look out for
Buying jewellery second hand can be fantastic because you can get so much more for your money. You can save up to two thirds on the price compared to what the piece would have cost you brand new. By buying reconditioned jewellery you could get a ring of much higher quality then you could ever have afforded. And the better the ring, the more impressed your special lady is likely to be.
Buying an engagement ring is probably one of the most important things you are going to do. Getting it right is crucial and will result in one very happy fiancé. By following our top tips to buying an engagement ring you can be sure that you will make the right decision.
By Ross Davies
Ross Davies lives in the UK with his wife and two sons and enjoys blogging about various topics surrounding jewellery, shopping and money saving tips. He spends his spare time at the gym, breeding his Siamese cats and social networking.