Diamonds are forever — but the experience of buying a diamond isn’t always so pleasant. Buying the perfect diamond ring requires immense planning on your behalf. Looking for custom made rings? We will talk about the potential blunders to avoid.
If you’re planning to buy a diamond ring, here are some common mistakes that can cost you more than money:
Not having an idea about your budget. Before you start shopping, make sure you know what you can afford and stick to it. That will help you avoid impulse purchases.
Staying in the dark about diamonds. Before going into a store or online, do some research on the 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat weight) of diamonds and how they impact price. You may find it helpful to consult with an expert at a local jewelry store or have your jeweler evaluate loose stones with certificates from trusted labs such as GIA or AGSL before buying a diamond ring.
Not asking inquiring questions. Don’t let yourself get talked into anything without asking questions first — even if it seems like common sense that the price is too low for a diamond of this quality. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Ask about warranties, insurance policies, and other services offered by your seller as well as any restrictions on returns or exchanges if you change your mind later on down the road.
Not knowing the 4 C’s: Cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. Before you begin shopping for diamonds, learn about their four most important characteristics — cut, clarity, color, and carat weight — so that you know what factors matter most when shopping for an engagement ring. You can also use our handy Diamond Buying Guide as a reference point during your search.
The size of your finger should not determine the size of your diamond ring. In fact, there are many other factors that determine how large or small your stone should be. For example, if you want a princess cut, then opt for something smaller than 1 carat because it will look much larger than its actual size on smaller fingers; whereas on bigger fingers it would look tiny and insignificant compared to its carat weight (1 carat).
Hopefully, this list has given you a few things to think about when it comes to diamond rings. But no matter how much you prepare, you still run the risk of making a mistake. Just be sure not to go overboard while preparing, and try to stay mindful of the last few tips we discussed above. That way, you’ll be less likely to overspend or make a silly purchase that you’ll regret later.
In the end, we really want you to be satisfied with your diamond ring purchase. But how can you make sure of that? The best solution is always to go with a trusted jeweler, and to know exactly what you’re getting into. A good jeweler will give you all the information you need to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want, both in terms of style, as well as diamond quality.