Lets help you make the right decisions when it comes to Engagement Ring shopping.

Choosing something as special and important as your engagement ring should be a fun and carefree experience. That is why we walk you through the do’s and don’ts of engagement ring shopping.


Have the dreadful budget talk. 

This is a must! While this may not be the most romantic thing to think about, it’s important to have an idea of what you’re able (and willing) to spend before you and your partner enter the realm of engagement rings. It can all be daunting. Determining things like who is paying for what and how much you can spend will ensure there are no awkward in-store conversations or confusion.

Make it a day to remember. 

Be sure to take in every single moment whilst shopping and browsing. It can be tempting to just wander around, remember that this is a purchase that holds a lot of meaning and symbolism. Consider making it a whole date in itself – plan to have lunch or dinner, dress up, and schedule a specific day to go. This way you ensure that you won’t just have the ring, you’ll have an engagement ring shopping experience you can think back on and remember fondly.

Feel comfortable to ask many questions.

Jewellers understand that this is a big, expensive decision. You are allowed to try on as many different rings as you’d like and ask every single question about the shapes, metals, settings and carats. Just like you’ll want to likely try on lots of different wedding dress silhouettes, you should also try on lots of different diamond shapes.

Pick a colour metal perfect for your skin tone.

This is essential, because we all have different skin tones, and not every metal is as flattering on you as it is on sombody else. Try on rose gold, yellow gold or platinum bands to see what’s best, but don’t worry so much on how the diamond reflects off of that color metal.


Try to go everywhere in one day. 

We don’t recommend trying to see more than three stores in one day. Simply choose your top three and visit those. Having too many options can often lead to making an impulse decision, rather than choosing what you really love most.

Set hard goals. 

Many times couples enter a store looking for a specific carat weight, only to find out that it’s well over their budget. It’s important to do research to determine what you’re looking for and what you can afford with your budget, but we do not recommend setting any hard goals. You will most certainly miss out on a lot of gorgeous options if you come in with too many set goals in mind.

Bring a large group of friends with on your final decision day.

Engagement ring shopping is like wedding dress shopping. You shouldn’t be influenced away from what you truly love, after all, you’re the one who’s going to be wearing this ring. Everyone will have an opinion, but the only thing that matters is you love it. 

Expect to wear your ring the day of purchase. 

Many times, your ring will need to be resized or set before you can actually take it home. Keep this in mind when you go engagement ring shopping, so you aren’t taken by surprise when you hear there’s a waiting period.

Touch the diamond when trying on the ring.

By touching the diamond you are dulling the center stone and stand the chance of damaging the ring. Not touching it will allow you to see its true brilliance.

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