It’s an exciting time – that moment you are likely to remember and talk to your kids and grandkids about in the future. Shopping for an engagement ring for the lady of your life should be like that. There may be butterflies, perhaps even a funny anecdote or two, but you should never associate your ring hunt with stress and frustration.
Here’s how to do it right.
Choose the Right Store
Ask for referrals from your family and friends who may have had experience with jewelers in Salt Lake City. That’s your first step. You may also check online for those affiliated with industry organizations like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the Jewelers of America. Ask about the store’s return policy just in case you end up with a stone your lady doesn’t like.
Decide on Whether to Shop Together
Most modern couples these days shop for the engagement ring together. That’s a safe choice, as you are not under pressure to find a ring she may or may not like. But if you want the more traditional route, or if you simply have a thing for surprises and you know she would like that, you’ll need to do your homework. Work with her friend or sister, but make sure to swear them to secrecy. Their job is to give you information on what they believe she’d love about a ring, and you may also ask them to steal one of her rings for the measurement; just be sure to have your accomplice take it back before your lady notices.
Complement Her Style
Just because the most popular engagement rings have a diamond doesn’t mean diamonds are your only choice, although they are perhaps the loveliest precious stones for the purpose. Observe your lady’s style and try to complement it with your choice. This is also the time to observe the type of setting and shape of the stone your lady seems to prefer.
Know Your Budget
You might decide on a ring that’s worth a year of your salary. As long as you can afford it without incurring debt that you can’t pay, it’s fine. But remember, after the engagement, it’s only a matter of time before the next logical step, which is costlier. So set a reasonable budget and stick to it.
It probably matters little what kind of ring you end up buying, because the proposal is what she would be most excited about. But she’s special to you, so it wouldn’t hurt to get something just as special.