You are ready to pick out the perfect engagement ring for your girlfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiance), so it's time to start researching your options and discovering what's out there in the engagement ring world.
Since there are a lot of decisions ahead of you to make, we here at Mullen Bros. Jewelers have compiled some of our best tips for engagement ring shopping to help you get set up for success and get that yes!
Let's dive in and get you prepared! We promise, it'll be fun. It doesn't have to be stressful!
Alright, so you found the right person, you're ready to pop the question, and your head is swirling with all kinds of thoughts. Take a deep breath and breathe! Clear your head and mind so you can make intelligent and informed decisions because this is going to be one of the biggest purchases—aside from automobiles and a home—you will make in your lifetime. While certainly this is an emotional decision, you want to be sure you are letting your head in on it as well!
Keep Your Fiance Front and Center!
Remember this: It's all about your fiance and what she likes! Engagement ring shopping can get overwhelming very quickly and you can get lost in the world of the 4 c's. While they are important, it's really about what you believe she will like, which leads us to the next one...
Become a Detective!
It's time to put your sleuthing hat on and discover what she likes in rings. You can look at jewelry she already owns to get some idea of what she gravitate towards.
Look at the shape of the stones in the rings she wears...are they round, square, or marquise? Does she have more than one of these shapes? If so, you may have discovered a favorite!
Also, don't be afraid to ask her closest friends and family if she has ever mentioned what type of engagement ring she would like. Is she your traditional diamond ring girl or does she want to go outside the box with a non-traditional stone like a sapphire or a morganite?
Now, if you are not planning to keep all of this a surprise, you can always ask your girlfriend! That certainly makes it easy!
Ring Size Matters!
This could be tricky, but it is possible to find out her ring size without her knowing. We have the perfect article for you to check out and discover several ways to figure out her ring size without her knowing!
Buy the Best Ring for Your Budget
We strongly believe that your budget should be comfortable for you and not send you into a ton of debt! There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to an engagement ring budget. Think about your budget and get the best ring your budget can afford. This is a ring she will have for a lifetime and need to hold up to a LOT of wear and tear! Here's an article that will guide you to getting the best ring for your budget!
Ah, it's time to think about the star of the show...the diamond! Take time to educate yourself about the 4 C's of color, carat, cut, and clarity. This is also where a lot of people get lost in the weeds. Educating yourself will help you focus your search and zero in on the parameters you are looking for. Check out these articles here, here, and here for more valuable information and arm yourself with knowledge!
Metal Matters Too!
When you think of engagement rings, you often think of the diamond first, right? And while it is important to think about the centerpiece of the ring, don't forget to think about the metal!
If you are thinking in terms of durability, gold and platinum are the way to go. Silver is very soft and not ideal for everyday wear. But, what does your girlfriend like? Is she drawn to the warm tone of yellow gold or the cooler brighter tone of platinum? Again, try to find out what she likes by looking at the metal she most often wears!
Check Out the Fine Print!
This is so important...always make sure you understand your jeweler's refund and exchange policy ! Take your time and learn the store policies so there will be no surprises in the future if you need a refund, exchange, or have a sizing issue.
This is a very critical step...get insurance! If you lose or damage an expensive engagement ring or it gets stolen, you wish you had insurance! Jewelry insurance is very affordable. Learn more about insurance here!
Find the Perfect Jeweler for YOU!
Last, but definitely not least, find a jeweler you feel comfortable with and are willing to do business with. Like we said before, this is a very important decision and you want to develop a relationship with a jeweler that you can trust! Here's an article that gives you the top 5 things to look for in a jeweler.
Alright, we hope this road map leads you to the perfect engagement ring for your fiance. Here are some of our most popular engagement rings to help you in your journey!
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We're honored that Mullen Bros. Jewelers ranks #1 in overall customer ratings among all jewelry stores in Southeastern Massachusetts and we will continue to take care of our neighbors and friends, one jewel at a time.
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