By Alyssa DiCicco
The holidays bring about joyous times with family and those who are closest to you. And this also means that between the months of November and February. . . it’s engagement season! If you’re at that point in your relationship where you want to take the next step, proposing can be a bit overwhelming. It will probably be one of the biggest moments of your life (no pressure!). Once you make the decision to buy a ring, there are a few things you should think about before you go ring shopping for (or with), your fiancée.
Set a Budget
Take a look at your finances and figure out how much you are willing to shell out for an engagement ring. To give you a ballpark idea of what the ring cost will be, the average spent on an engagement ring is $4,000-$5,000 according to The Knot. Remember, you’ll also have to buy a wedding band, so leave room in your budget for that portion of the ring as well.
Get a Feel for What Styles Your Fiancée Will Like
If your fiancée has an idea that you’re going to pop the question soon, chances are she’s been doing a little pinning on Pinterest or talking with her friends about what type of ring she likes. These days there are so many style choices, cuts and colors to choose from, it can be overwhelming going into a shop without a plan. Doing a little online sleuthing of her Pinterest boards or asking her friends (trusted ones who will keep it on the DL) will give you a better idea of what style is truly hers. Not so secretive? Bring her shopping with you! It’s the only way to be positive you will be buying her the ring of her dreams!
Do Your Research
Where do you shop to get the best ring for the best value? My suggestion is to go to a reputable local jeweler who is known for their engagement ring quality and selection. Ask your friends about their ring shopping experiences and do some research online as well. If you’re buying somewhere online like Etsy, I cannot emphasize enough to check reviews! Will you be incorporating a family heirloom into the ring design? Or are you looking to design a custom ring? Check out stores that can offer these options for you before you shop.
Look into Shops’ Ring Policies and Insurance
Before you or your fiancée fall in love with the ring, do a little more research into insurance policies and warranties. What happens if she loses her diamond? How much is ring insurance? What’s their return policy? Does the vendor offer free ring cleanings? It’s not always fun to think about the worst-case scenario, but it’s important to do so before you find yourself in a bind.
You’re Ready to Go Shopping
Choose one or two jewelers that you trust to start your search. Go in with photos or an idea of what cut and style you’re looking for. And of course, disclose your budget and see what they can do for you. You should bring lots of questions with you too regarding the research you’ve done online and regarding the jeweler’s ring policies. Once you’ve chosen the ring, you’ll want to size up a bit (if you don’t know her ring size) to make sure the ring fits her when you propose. The jeweler should be able to size it correctly after you pop the big question. The most important thing is not to stress – enjoy this moment and have fun!