When it comes right down to it, jewelry shopping can end up stressing out both men and women before all is said and done.
With that in mind, don’t make the process stressful, in fact; make it a fun experience that you and your partner can end up enjoying together.
Now, if you’re hoping he’s going to make that big proposal to you in the very near future, you may or may not want to go ring shopping together.
While many women definitely want a say in what kind of ring they will end up receiving, others are perfectly fine if their mate chooses something on his own. To make a fair compromise, you can both go ring shopping, just act totally surprised when the time comes for him to get down on one knee and pop the big question.
So, is it time for some ring shopping for one or both of you in the very near future?
What to Look For
If the time for some jewelry shopping (notably in terms of rings has in fact arrived), where to do you start and what to look for?
To begin with, put together a list of the most important factors you want in a diamond ring (or other such piece of jewelry).
Among the areas of focus:
- Diamond shape – One of the more important facets in play is the diamond’s shape. Since most women have different tastes in terms of diamond shapes (round, cut, princess etc.), get one that you are sure to like.
- Diamond clarity– Another area of interest is the diamond clarity. This means what imperfections are visible with the diamond itself. Depending on the budget in play, SI-1 clarity diamonds prove to offer both sound value and long-lasting quality. Meantime, diamonds of the VS1/VS2 types are good choices if money is not a big issue.
- Diamond cut – Lastly, the diamond cut is not something to overlook, as this offers the ring’s ability to sparkle when cut properly.
How to Pay for It
If you are itching to get your hands (specifically your ring finger) on a diamond ring, how will your significant other go about paying for it, perhaps even you if you by it on your own?
Keep in mind that many jewelry shops will offer payment plans, plans that can easily allow you to spread out those payments over time. In the event you do opt for such a plan, make sure to check for any interest fees etc. Doing so will help you avert any nasty surprises down the road.
It is also important to shop within your means, thereby not digging a hole for yourself (same goes for your significant other).
The last thing you want to end up with is to have to pay back months and months of interest charges etc. because you fell behind on your initial ring payments.
What to Take Away from the Experience
Finally, any major jewelry purchase is not likely going to be the last one, especially if you and your significant other plan a lifetime ahead together.
With that being the case, use any ring purchases and the like to see how you can both benefit from budgeting, especially if a wedding is not too far down the road.
As couples (and individuals for that matter) make jewelry purchases and other significant items, they should take away something each and every time from the experiences.
Among the areas of interest:
- Which jeweler or jewelers’ offers the best products at the best prices
- Which jeweler provides top-notch customer service
- Which jeweler is most preferred by consumers
Getting all stressed out of jewelry shopping is not worth it, especially when you’ve got many years ahead of you to enjoy each and every piece you purchase.
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