We are sure you’ve already worked out your budget and how much you have to spend on your engagement ring. Now, it’s time for the hard questions to ask when buying an engagement ring.
3 Main questions you should consider
1. What style engagement ring should you get?
Do you go for traditional, modern, or vintage engagement ring styles?
Deciding the style is as easy as opening up your partner’s jewelry box. Take a look at the types of jewelry she most often wears. Think about what she does daily that could impact how she wears her engagement ring. Like, what lifestyle does she live? Will a ring with a high set/protruding diamond lead to problems for her job?
If all else fails, subtle ask questions or engage her friends if you want to keep the proposal a secret.
2. What diamond specifications should I look for?
Choosing the right diamond for your partner’s engagement ring is one of the essential and important parts of the selection process.
If you don’t pay attention, you could end up with low-quality diamonds while paying a premium price. So, learn more about the 4-Cs of buying a diamond and ask your jeweler to identify them to you.
The four Cs on which diamonds are graded are Cut, Clarity, Carat, and Color.
- Cut: The cut determines the shape of the diamond, and depending on how well it’s done can affect the quality of the sparkle.
- Clarity: Clarity refers to “imperfections” in the diamond. Most of these cannot be seen by the naked eye. This affects the cost as the fewer the imperfections, the higher the grade of the diamond, and the higher the cost.
- Carat: The size of a diamond is measured by weight – the carats.
- Color: This refers to the color of the diamond which can range from a scale of “D,” absolutely colorless, to Z, a highly colored diamond.
Once you know more about the 4 Cs of diamond buying, then prioritize them based on your budget. This will allow you to get the perfect diamond for the budget you have.
3. Are the diamonds conflict-free?
One of the most important questions to ask a jeweler is where he sourced his diamonds – are they conflict-free. Conflict diamonds are generally diamonds used to support insurgency and rebel activities. These diamonds are associated with a lot of bloodshed and human rights abuses.
To prevent inadvertently supporting these activities, you should pay attention to the source of your jeweler’s diamonds. For example, the diamonds at Bashford Jewelry are all sourced from Canadian mines which are considered one of the best locations for conflict-free diamonds.
Have more questions about buying an engagement ring?
If you have more questions about the buying process, type of ring or anything else, then check out our buyer’s guide on engagement rings.
If you still have more questions, then you can send us a message, give us a call, or use our live support chat and get all your questions answered. We are always happy to help you to find the perfect engagement ring for you and the love of your life to celebrate that special milestone in your relationship.