You’ve found the perfect girl and are finally ready to turn in your bachelor card and pop the question. If you’ve been with her long enough, she’s probably thrown a few hints around herself as to what type of ring she wants, and even how she’d like you to propose.
However, unless you’re rolling in the dough, affording the ideal engagement ring won’t be an easy feat – not to mention searching through hundreds of choices to pick the one that will make her smile. If you’re savvy like many modern “grooms to be” are, shopping online can often save you a lot of time and money. If you are going to take the digital route for ring shopping, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.
- Have an Idea of What She Wants (And Know Her Ring Size)
Okay, so even though you want to purchase the right engagement ring without her finding out, you are going to have to have her input somehow. You don’t want to choose something too gaudy and find out that she’s more of a simplistic type of girl. Nor do you want to choose something too basic, when she’s more of the flashy type. So even if you don’t ask her upfront, you’re going to need to find out just what type of ring she might want. There are several ways you can do this, but the simplest ones include:
- Check her jewelry box – Chances are your girl already wears a great deal of jewelry to begin with. So take a sneak peek into her jewelry box to see which types of jewelry are best suited for your girl. If you see lots of pricey flashy pieces, then you’ll want to purchase a flashy engagement ring. If her jewelry is more simplistic and basic, going with something more low key might be ideal. Also, while taking a sneak peak, make sure that you have an idea of what her ring size is.
- Ask Her Friends – If you don’t want to let her in on your idea to pop the question then the next best person to ask would be her best friend. Girls are likely talking about marriage before you are, and they’ve probably done some window shopping (or magazine gazing) of their own when it comes to wedding/engagement rings.
- Have a Budget in Mind
This is probably the step you’re not looking forward to. While you’d love to give your significant other the ring the size of Kim Kardashian’s or Beyonce’s chances are you don’t have Jay Z or Kanye West money. So determining how much to spend can be a little tricky. Most would recommend that you spend about 3 months of your annual income on the ring. However, if you don’t have that much income to spare, there’s nothing wrong with doing a little less than the recommended cost. At the end of the day, it’s more about the symbol behind the ring than the size or price tag.
- Shop from a Reputable Vendor
Now you have an idea of the type of ring she wants, her ring size, and how much you’re willing to spend on the engagement ring. All that’s left to do is to find the ideal jewelry store to purchase from. If you were to type in online jewelry stores chances are you’d come up with hundreds if not thousands of options, so how do you narrow it down? While you want to chase down the great bargain of price, you also want to work with a vendor that has a great rapport with its customers. A simple online consumer review of the top online jewelers can help you determine which will provide the best overall service.
- Check the Policies
Since you’re buying the ring online, you won’t have some of the luxuries that come from shopping in store. You cannot actually feel the ring or get a close look at the quality and detail. Therefore, you want to make sure that you check both the return and refund policies to ensure that you can return the ring and/or get your money back if you are not satisfied once you’ve received the product in the mail.
- Know Your “Ring Facts”
When you first review an online jewelry inventory you’ll probably be taken to the various types of rings you have to choose from. While you don’t want to drive yourself crazy trying to choose the “perfect ring”, knowing a few facts about rings can help you choose the best one for your bride to be. Things you might need to know would include metal types, stone choices, and the type of setting you’re interested in. Front Jewelers has jewelry education articles, including diamond settings information, to help you make a more informed decision.
- Order Timely
The last tidbit of advice when ring shopping online would be to order the ring in a timely fashion (especially if you’re ordering a wedding ring). You want to have enough time to make sure that what you ordered is exactly what you want. Since it will take a few days for your purchase to arrive at your home, and another few days if you decide to return it, ordering it timely can prevent you from having to push back your engagement plans or disrupt your wedding plans.
Ring shopping online is not only convenient, but it saves you a great deal of time and money. However, in order to make sure that you reap the above mentioned benefits, it is imperative that you have a plan in place. Knowing what she wants, checking the budget, finding a reputable vendor, checking their policies, and knowing a bit about jewelry purchases can make buying the prefect engagement (or wedding) ring simple.
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