Finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with is the first step toward getting married. After that hurdle has been cleared, it’s time to find the perfect engagement ring to propose with. This could be a designer engagement ring or a custom engagement ring you’ve had made specifically to celebrate your love.
When shopping for an engagement ring, it’s important to find a jeweler you trust: their judgment and customer service skills will help you find the right ring. Here are four things you’ll want to ask any jeweler when you’re searching for the perfect engagement ring:
1) Do you have diamonds in stock that I can view, side by side, when choosing stones for the engagement ring?
Diamonds are the star attraction of most engagement ring designs. The average engagement ring diamond is 1 carat in size, although here in Manhattan, many couples choose larger diamonds for their wedding jewelry. Choosing the right diamond takes time. For best results, you want to work with a jeweler who has a significant inventory of diamonds readily available. Viewing comparable diamonds side by side is the best way to select the stone that appeals to you the most. Ideally, you will want a jeweler who can help you secure the diamonds you desire at a reasonable price.
2) How long does custom engagement ring creation take?
Creating custom jewelry requires both artistry and skill. The more experienced and professional the jeweler is, the faster the turnaround time you can expect. While most jewelers will do everything they can to satisfy their customers, there is generally a minimum 10-day to 2 week minimum turnaround time for a completely custom ring. Factor that into your plans. If you have less time than that available, a good jeweler will be able to customize a designer engagement ring for you or help you source one from their estate jewelry inventory. Or choose an Ever & Ever engagement ring, which allows you to choose your metal and ring designs and can be in your hands in as little as one day!
3) Where will my custom engagement ring be made?
Your wedding jewelry is special. You want to know who is making it and where it is being made. Any reputable jeweler will be happy to share this information with you, and will happily fill you in on their team’s experience and access to modern jewelry manufacturing equipment.
4) What type of financing is available?
Wedding jewelry can be expensive. You want to make sure you’re making prudent financial decisions as you commence your marriage. That’s why it’s important to investigate what financial options are available to you. This can include financing available through the jeweler’s partnership with a retail lender. Make sure you read all of the terms and conditions of financial offers carefully and get advice from a trusted financial professional to make the funding choices that are right for you.