One of the most important decisions you will need, long before planning a proposal, is deciding what type of engagement ring you want to surprise your loved one with. Before you head out ring shopping, it is a good idea to sit down and consider various aspects so you will be prepared for numerous questions from the jeweler.
The first and probably the biggest question you need to answer is how much do you plan on spending on an engagement ring. While many jewelers offer financing and other payment options, remember to be realistic about what you can actually afford and set a budget.
Aside from the engagement ring, you will also need to purchase a wedding ring, too, so you don’t want to stretch your finances too thin. Furthermore, there will be other types of expenses you and your future spouse have to consider, like the wedding dress, venue, caterer, wedding cake, flowers, and entertainment provided by Kelowna wedding DJs.
How Much Should You Spend?
Traditionalists tend to agree on investing at least a few month’s salary for the engagement ring. In other words, if your monthly salary amounts to $3,000, and you want to follow traditionalists, then you would invest at least $6,000 for the engagement ring. However, many people today think that is too much to invest in the engagement ring.
There are ways to reduce the cost of a ring, too, while still being able to surprise your loved one with a stunning engagement ring.
- Think in terms of the cut – not size. Can you tell the difference between a 2 karat and 1.9 karat stone? Most people can’t, and this 0.1 karat difference often saves around 20% or more off the cost of the engagement ring.
- Use the angled cut of the stone to your advantage. If you are looking at smaller karat stones, ask for ones that have a wide cut, as it will make them appear larger.
- Upgrade a family engagement ring. If your family passes down an engagement ring from one generation to the next, consider having it updated to reflect the preferences of your special someone.
Selecting the Best Ring
If you are not sure what style of ring would be best, do some exploration and try to look through your loved one’s current jewelry. You may need to enlist the help of a friend to keep them distracted. Pay particular attention to the colour of the gem stones in the pieces, as well as the colours of the settings to know if they prefer silver over gold, or a variant like rose gold.
Selecting the Gemstones
Most traditionalists choose diamonds. However, you have other options, like a gemstone in their favourite colour, like tanzanite for blue. You can even highlight a diamond by surrounding it with their birthstone or other type of gemstone or use a different gemstone for the centre and surround it with diamonds.
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