Post # 1
SO and I are going this weekend to have a look at rings for the first time. He’s planning on buying the diamond online or wholesale through a friend, but we/I wanted to see what I like best in person first (style, 4Cs, etc.), vs. what I like the idea of in pictures online.
Any ladies have tips about my first time looking at rings IRL?
Post # 3
Take a camera with you and take a pic of each ring and get the specs on a card from the store and mark it with the picture number…then you can look at them all later to see what one you liked and know the specs from the card.
I would also say to take it outside to look at it under natural lighting but since you are not buying from them and only getting specs then you wont need that one.
Post # 4
@GelaMac: That’s a great idea! I had thought of talking pictures, but not of making sure to get the specs of each to remember which is which
Post # 5
try on the settings to make sure that they are comfortable. some gorgeous settings are just not that comfy.
Post # 6
@mypinkshoes: Yeah this is definitely a big one – and I use my hands and wear gloves alot at work, so I want to get an idea of how high of a setting is going to be okay for day-to-day life and career
Post # 7
Go to a local jeweler! They are much more knowledgeable and will show you things within the budget you give them. I know you’re planning on buying online or through a wholesaler friend, but some local stores will give you the same price as online with some random discounts they have. The jeweler SO is getting my ring from is right on par with James Allen and Blue Nile with their diamond prices.
ETA: Once you figure out what ring/style you like you should try on wedding bands with it to see how everything looks and feels together.
Post # 8
Try on lots of styles, even ones you wouldn’t have previously considered. Sometimes what you love now doesn’t look good on your hand, and ones you wouldn’t have thought twice about look spectacular!
I second checking out a local/independent jeweler. The prices tend to be better than mall stores, and they might have more unique styles. In addition, a lot of times they can match or beat online prices.
Post # 9
@GFerg: Try on lots of styles, even ones you wouldn’t have previously considered.
I agree. Just like dress shopping I highly suggest that with ring shopping you keep an open mind and ask for suggestions. I also suggest that you try on a variety of diamond cuts even if round is the most available.
Post # 10
This is all great advice! Take notes about everything that you see and try on engagement rings with wedding bands a well. It is important to know that not all engagement rings allow wedding bands to sit flush, if this is something that is important to you.
Good luck! Can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂
Post # 11
Everyone else has given great advice, so I’ll just give you a few more thoughts….
1. Keep an open mind. You never know what style you’ll fall in love with once you see it on your hand.
2. Remember that you’ll eventually be wearing a wedding band along with your engagement ring, so you may even want to try wedding bands on with your ring to figure out what you like.
3. You finger will swell a bit once you’ve tried several rings on, so do any sizing early in the trip before you swell up a bit.
Have fun and good luck!!!!!!
Post # 12
I will agree with other people about keeping an opened mind about different styles. I did not think I was going to like the style of e-ring that I have. But as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one 🙂
Post # 13
@medbride: If you haven’t already, I’d check out Pricescope and Blue Nile and read their education sections first.
I’d also NOT commit to buying a ring until you can think it through and compare prices.
I’d go in with an open mind and try different shapes (you never know what looks good on your hand until you try), halo/no halo, etc.
I’d also try not to get too overwhelmed… so don’t try a LOT of you’ll just have a jumble of shiny pretty things in your head 🙂 Write down styles, prices, etc. and take pics if they let you.
Have fun! It’s not a one shot deal.. you can go back a few times and find what you REALLY want.
Also set an approximate budget before you go. The last thing you want is to get a feel for $15,000 rings if your budget is closer to 5K or whatever.
Post # 14
Thanks for the tips! I’m going to try to keep an open mind about styles – at the moment I’m thinking a simple solitaire, but I’ll make sure to try on a variety to see what I like once it’s actually on my finger. I’m a little nervous about being overwhelmed, or about the possibility of a pushy salesperson, but we’ve both read quite a bit so I think we’re going in relatively prepared to know what to ask for/about. And I’ll definitely be trying to stay in budget – no need to be falling in love with something we can’t afford!
@discodance: @GFerg: We’re planning on going to some local/independent jewelers, but from friends who have recently bought engagement rings it seems like in our area it’s still more expensive than buying online – although I guess it’ll remain to be seen, and there’s something to be said for seeing a stone in person
Post # 15
Do stores usually have similar style rings in different sizes? I find it hard to appreciate what something will look like on my finger when it’s a sizes too big. I think I’m about a 6, which I think is a pretty common size?
Post # 16
At Peoples, their standard size if size 7. Also, a huge advantage for larger jewelers is they offer a lifetime protection plan. That means you pay a small price for unlimited resizing, free diamond replacement, free prong fixing, free rhodium coating and cleaning, etc. I just lost a stone in my 39-stone ring and was glad Peoples repaired it for free. So simple and gives you peace of mind.
Also, at Peoples the diamond experts do not pressure you at all. It’s not in their culture.