Engagements can be very stressful for men, there is a lot of pressure to get it just right, make it romantic, and of course, to get the right ring.
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It’s engagement time and the pressure is on. You’re expected to make the ordeal special by selecting and buying the perfect engagement ring for your bride to be. But what exactly is involved with getting these choices right? Jewellery is not every man’s forte, but this will likely not excuse you from the expectations thrust upon you to make the occasion memorable with the perfect item and matching stone. So if you’re in need of some advice on making the right selection, then here are a few tips for you. What kind of tips? These are tips on pricing, preference, and security because these are the three things that will determine how to go about buying a ring correctly.
Pay the right price, like a boss
One of the factors that cause the most amount of stress with engagement rings is the price. Starting your lives together in debt over a ring is not really the best way to go about things. Most jewellers recommend spending the equivalent of four or more salaries on the ring. This will ensure that you splash out just enough, but won’t cripple you financially in the long run.
Pay careful attention to what is on sale. This ring, with a bit of luck, will be held dearly by your partner for the rest of her life, so going cheap isn’t a great option. Precious metals like gold, white gold, silver, and platinum will hold value and can even become an investment at some point in the future, and the same goes for the stone. So don’t skimp where it isn’t necessary, but don’t over extend yourself or you may face a debt you and your future wife can never break away from.
Find a good and honest jeweller who is sensitive to your financial needs, I would recommend buying engagement rings in Toronto by Diamond for Less, if you are in the area. Companies like theirs specialise in engagements, and so you’re more likely to get what you need at what you can pay for.
Get the right ring, like a ninja
You can’t just slap any old ring on your partner’s finger. She has specific preferences, finger sizes, and a style that she no doubt wants to stay true to. You can’t exactly just ask her what kind of ring she wants either since it will spoil the surprise (if that’s the route you’re taking), so how would you go about making the right choice? Start by paying quiet attention to what your partner’s jewellery preferences are. If she’s not the type to wear jewellery very often, then speak to her family and friends who are likely to have a good idea of what will suite her.
If you can, take an item of her jewellery with you when you go shopping so that you can compare them. Just remember to put it back when you’re done. We don’t want her thinking you may be a thief, that’s not very romantic.
Make a secure choice, like a rock
Diamonds are generally a safe bet if you are buying from a particular dealer, but before you go out shopping, it’s good to have a comprehensive understanding of the dos and don’ts of buying diamonds. Stay away from anything that can’t be proven as a clean (non-conflict) diamond, since this will severely impact its value, and could even wind you up in jail if you buy one. Make sure the diamonds are registered and legitimate. There’s no engagement present quite like going to prison for your fiancé’s mistake.
Get the best price, like a pro
Shopping around is always the best way to find the perfect price. It gives you all the buying power that you need to make confident purchasing choices and helps you learn more about what you are looking for. Doing this will also help you whittle down the dealers who are selling at too high a mark-up, and negotiate with those where the price is almost right. Don’t be afraid of shopping on the internet, but take care to research for online dealers properly, read their reviews and blogs, and make a point of contacting them to make sure that they won’t disappear after you’ve paid them.