5 Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Administrator


Whether you’re planning a proposal in nearby Boiling Springs State Park or a romantic hot air balloon ride over scenic OKC, there's something that you must handle first - the ring! Engagement ring shopping is the exciting beginning in every couples forever journey, but finding the perfect ring can sometimes be an overwhelming experience.

The ring is the "star of the show" if you will for any proposal, so you want to make sure you find something that captures your partners true style and essence.

Not sure how to choose the right engagement ring? Well we’re here to help! Here are 5 simple tips to help guide you through the ring shopping process.


1. Find Some Inspiration

Get some inspiration before you start the ring shopping. An easy way to find inspiration is by browsing the Web! Check out Pinterest, Instagram or other lifestyle blog sites to see what’s trending, or even scroll through her social media profiles to see if she’s favorited or saved any specific styles or brands.

If surfing the web isn’t proving to be much help, you can also look for real-life inspiration as well. Inquire with your partners family and friends about her jewelry tastes, or see if she mentioned any diamond shapes, metal type or band preferences to them; that way you can be sure to get something she will really love.


2. Consider the Four C’s

When purchasing an engagement ring (assuming you're going with a diamond), it’s imperative that you consider the four C's.

The four C's include carat, clarity, cut and color. Cut refers to the shape and positioning of the diamond's facets and is probably the most important ‘C’ in consideration. Clarity refers to any flaws or inclusions in the diamond and Carat refers to the actual weight of the diamond. Color, which is the final ‘C’, is self-explanatory. You can learn more about the four C’s on our Diamond Education page.


3. Metal and Setting

You have a couple different options when it comes to the ring metal. Some of the most popular metals for engagement rings include white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. But your best bet is to choose a metal that compliments the apparel and additional fashion jewelry that the receiver typically wears.


4. Avoid Making These Mistakes

1) Don’t rush your decision! If you aren't sure what ring you want or just aren’t finding that special piece that speaks to you, take a step back and consider all your options. Maybe hold off on ring hunting for a bit or consult your partner directly. Don’t settle for a ring that’s not exactly what you want - take your time.

2) Consider your budget. While this may not be very romantic, it’s important to consider the cost of a ring. The last thing you want is to start a life with your partner buried in massive debt. When you start ring shopping have a budget in mind and stick to it.


5. Preparing for the Proposal

Once you’ve finished shopping and finally have the perfect engagement ring in hand, you are ready to pop the question!

If you’ve considered these 5 tips and allocated the appropriate amount of thought and consideration into this important decision, there’s no question your future spouse is going to love the ring you chose.

If you’re ready to start your engagement ring search, the jewelry professionals here at Mead Jewelers are happy to assist you! Contact a member of our team today or stop by the store and we will help you get started!