Now that you are finally ready to take your relationship to the next level, it is time to shop for an engagement ring. Have you ever heard someone telling you that you need to spend at least three months’ worth of salary for your engagement ring? Well, that is not true. Remember that most of the time, it’s the thought that counts.
Your engagement ring is just the beginning of this whole process. You still have to set aside a budget for your wedding, and of course, your honeymoon. You need to have plenty left to spare. But don’t worry, here are ways on how to get the best deals for your engagement ring.
The Cut Is Vital
When you visit a jewellery store based Melbourne to shop around for engagement ring, do not let a jeweler overwhelm you. He or she can talk all about the color, cut, clarity, and carat. But if you are looking for a ring that is just within your budget, the cut of the diamond should be your number one priority. This is where all the sparkle comes from. Diamonds that have a ‘very good’ cut rating compared to the ones with the ‘ideal cut’ because they offer the best value at a much affordable price.
Do Not Focus On ‘What’s Hot’
When you enter a jewelry shop, the jeweler will love to show off what their best-sellers are, or probably the most expensive rings they have available. Take time to look around. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Choose the ring that your partner would love. Remember that your partner will be wearing this for as long as she liked so it should be something that she would be interested to wear.
What’s Under The Microscope?
Jewelers usually show ring shoppers the flaws of a diamond under the microscope. These flaws might be that important for others, but if you are on a budget, you will not be able to appreciate something that you cannot see with your naked eye. So save your money and choose an ‘eye-clean’ diamond. If you want to be specific, this is the diamond with VS1 or higher grade when it comes to the clarity grading scale.
Choose An Odd Size
If you buy a diamond that is a speck smaller than the full- or -half- carats. Why? Well because they are cheaper by about 15 to 20 percent! This tiny difference can turn out to be huge savings. When people are shopping for diamonds, they would usually ask for half-carat or full-carat rings. Not everyone asks for a .95-carat or a .47-carat diamond ring. When you look at them and compare side-by-side the half or full carats, you will not be able to tell the difference.
Do Not Overlook The Prongs
Diamonds that are set on gold or platinum are more expensive than those with a simpler setting. So in order to keep the metal weight down, just choose a simple prong setting. It looks classy like the ones set on gold and platinum, but are actually more affordable than they look.
Buying a cheaper engagement ring will not matter. Just take the time to look for the best deals that you can find. Sometimes, the best ones are just hiding somewhere. Be patient and don’t rush into buying the first ring that you find.