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Shopping for engagement rings can be exciting but also stressful. Especially if you are attempting to do it on your own. While many modern couples shop for engagement rings together, there is something to be said for keeping the proposal a surprise. However, that requires one party to shop for rings or his or her own, and that can be hard if you have never been to a fine jewelry store before. We know how hard it can be to buy engagement rings, which is why we created this handy guide to help simplify proposals in Denver, CO.
There are a lot of factors to consider starting with the cut, color, quality, shape, and clarity of the diamond down to the fact of whether or not you actually want a diamond. Some brides actually like the idea of choosing a different gem or accenting with other gems which brings an entirely new dimension to the process. In addition, you have to think about sizing, metal, if you want the brand inscribed, fluorescence, and more. If you think you feel overwhelmed now, wait until you enter the jewelry store. This is just one of the many reasons that it is important to choose a jeweler in Denver, CO that you can feel good about working with. With any luck, you find an experienced jeweler who can help guide you through the process.
Decide On Your Budget
Before setting foot in a jewelry store you need to sit down and decide what your budget is. There is no use in getting confused and worked up about rings that you may not even be able to afford. Setting a budget helps you decide which rings are on and off the table which narrows down your options from the start and makes your journey feel a bit more accessible.
There are a lot of “rules” when it comes to buying engagement rings, but this is not something that we feel you should pay attention to. You need to set your budget based on your own financial situation and not what someone else tells you is appropriate. This may mean that you spend more or you spend less than two to three months salary. In the end, the only thing that matters is you choose a ring your fiance likes and you can comfortably afford.
Keep in mind that you need to plan a wedding after you pop the question, and a lot of modern couples pay for their own wedding costs. Buying engagement rings should be a fun thing to do, not one that bankrupts you and forces you to stress out about the entire process. You have it in your power to keep it the former by simply following a few easy steps.
Look at the Style of Your Partner
When shopping for engagement rings it is important to think about the style of your future fiance. You don’t want to buy something flamboyant for someone who tends to keep her fashion low-key, and you don’t want to buy something simply for a girlfriend who loves extravagance. Even if you don’t really notice these things on a regular basis, before shopping for rings it is time to take a step back and really think about the fashion of your intended spouse.
Once you figure out their individual style, take a closer look at the type of jewelry that they wear and/or own. Are most of the pieces yellow gold or white gold? Or maybe they don’t like gold at all and tend to wear silver. There is no rule that says you have to wear gold if your fiance is into silver much more. Then take a look at the overall jewelry designs. Do they tend to be vintage or eclectic? Or do they prefer to be sharp and modern? These are all important things that you need to consider heavily before you head out to look for rings to make sure you pick something that matches their personality.
Pick a Diamond Shape
Choosing the shape of diamond that you want for potential engagement rings will help narrow down the field of choices quickly. Certain bands and settings only work with certain diamond shapes, so choosing a shape will help cut down your choices and help you choose the perfect ring a little faster. Most of the time the shape is simply a matter of preference, so maybe try to have some subtle discussions about engagement rings or just ask their friends to get an idea of what they might like.
The classic shape is a round diamond or a cushion cut diamond, but there are other options such as a square shape which is a vintage look, oval styles, and even pear-shaped diamonds. If you want the diamond to look bigger, the shape can have a lot to do with appearance. An emerald cut or a marquise cut can make a diamond look larger than other diamonds of the same carat weight so this may be one way to make a bigger splash on a smaller budget.
Pick Your Setting
Choosing the diamond is only one thing you need to worry about, you also need to choose the right setting. As mentioned, it can be helpful to look at your fiance’s jewelry box to get an idea of what they like before you head out diamond hunting. Traditionally there are four choices when it comes to a setting metal: rose gold, yellow gold, platinum, and white gold. If you opt for gold, gold has different weights which determine their alloy composition and how durable they are.
If you are ready to start looking at engagement rings, come down to Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry in Denver, CO to look at our options. Our jewelers are professionals who can help guide you through the process and help make the final choice perfect.