Determine Your Budget: A trick that some unscrupulous jewelers try when a customer is shopping for an engagement ring is to make him think the the amount he spends is somehow related to how much he loves his mate. You've seen the commercials pushing the idea that your diamond engagement ring should set you back "2 months salary". Forget about that. Do some comparison shopping at both your local jeweler as well as online. Determine your own budget based on your personal situation.
Be Organized: You will be presented with a lot of choices
- Platinum or gold?
- Modern, Antique or traditional?
- Flashy or understated?
Consider who you are buying the engagement ring for. Is your bride-to-be:
- Have traditional values with regard to marriage?
You are the one that knows her best so try and design your ideas based on the things you have in common. There are a ton of engagement ring styles out there as well as jewelers who specialize in custom designed jewelry. Whatever you do, be organized.
Choose your Diamond: The most popular engagement ring stone is the "Round Brilliant Diamond" followed closely by the "Princess Cut Diamond." These 2 diamonds make up about 90% of the diamonds purchased for engagement rings. Even though these are the most popular, there are a lot of other shapes to consider such as:
- Asscher Cut Diamonds.
- Cushion Cut Diamonds.
- Heart Shaped Diamonds.
- Pear Shaped Diamonds.
- And many more
Choosing your diamond can be the most fun part of the process because there is so much fascinating information out there. Whiteflash.com carries the branded Whiteflash A Cut Above line of diamonds in both Hearts & Arrows and Princess cuts - both known to be the most Visually Balanced diamonds produced.
Next choose your setting: Just like diamond cuts, there are many styles of settings to choose from. One of the most popular is the "Solitaire" setting. Many feel that the solitaire diamond engagement setting is the best style to present a precision cut diamond such as the Expert Selection "X-Factor" or the Whiteflash A Cut Above Hearts and Arrows diamond. Other styles include a 3 stone diamond setting, "Diamonds for Eternity"bands, Pave engagement ringsettings and more. You can see that this can be a complicated process! Don't worry though. This is the beginning of a lifetime of exciting challenges and you are sure to get off on the right foot.
Get a second opinion: Don't think you have to go this alone. The internet has some of the best resources available. On resource online is Pricescope. There you will find an entire community that is so passionate about every aspect of a diamond, you are sure to walk away confident you have made the best diamond purchase decision possible. There are also allot of great diamond vendors there who can save you a ton of money over your local jeweler - Whiteflash.com is one of those vendors so be sure to check out what people have to say about us.
If you end up purchasing your engagement ring online at Whiteflash.com, be sure to tell your friends about the wonderful experience you have had. They will thank you for sharing how you maximized your budget and went beyond all expectation in the eyes of your sweetheart!