Post # 1
OK, no I didn’t get engaged but on Monday my bf and I are going to go look at rings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a HUGE step because he wouldn’t even get close to talking about it and now he wants to go look at rings!!!!! Yay! I’m so excited!
I am literally counting down the hours until monday lol
Does anyone have any tips for me on what to do (or not to do) while I am there?
Post # 3
eeeeeeeeeeee how exciting!! don’t exclude any ring shape or size, you never know what you’ll end up loving!!
Post # 4
Yeah, I want to try on every ring in the store! lol
Post # 5
Yes– try on everything! And don’t lock yourself into chain stores, often small jewelry stores can custom make you something for much less! Bring pictures and get quotes if you want something that might not be the typical solitaire. And try on everything! Also, ask to try on a variety of sizes of stones.
For example, we wanted a solitaire. In our budget we could only afford a 1.04 emerald cut stone but we could afford a 2.07 radiant cut!!!! Let us know how it goes!
Post # 7
That is so exciting! Enjoy yourself! As I haven’t gone ring shopping yet – I don’t have tons of advice but I’m always one for checking on the smaller jewelers where they seem to take more time with you individually and such!
Post # 8
I was in the same boat as you… I was so excited to go ring shopping you don’t even know. I already knew what kind of ring I wanted so it made it easier. We ended up getting my ring at Robbins Brothers and had a great experience. I would recommend 🙂 Good luck and have fun!!!
Post # 9
I would say go to a reputable local store. First off, know what your budget is. Secondly…do all of the research you can fit in tomorrow. Read up on the 4 Cs and figure out how low you’re willing to go on each. Don’t overlook Cut! (not talking about the shape) Most people don’t pay enough attention to it. The cert will say, Ideal, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair…etc. If a diamond is not cut well then it will leak light which results in poor performance…no fire, brillance, or scintallation. Look at differnent colored diamonds. You may not be color sensitive (I wasn’t) and find that an H or an I looks very white. (The only way to compare color is to have them place the diamond on a white background) In most cases, an ideal cut I will face up whiter and look better than a poor cut G or H. Also on clairty, many times you can find an Si1 or Si2 that’s eye clean…which means it will be less than that VVS or VS…way less. Look at the diamond or ring in different lighting conditions. Many times they’ll go outside with you to look. Look at it in direct and indirect sunlight (shade), ask if you can go in the back and see how it looks in normal lighting conditions. We all know those jewelery store lights make everything look good! After you look at the store and see what their prices are go online to pricescope, whiteflash, good old gold, james avery, union diamond, blue nile…etc, and try to find something with the same specs in the same ct weight and compare prices. Try on all different sized diamonds. I was surprised at how silly a 2 ct looked on my finger…it looked too big, like it was fake. If you do your homework and are an informed buyer you’ll find a beautiful ring! Hope that helps! Happy hunting!!
PS- When I first started looking I went into a store and they showed me a 1.20 ct H that was on “sale” from 12,000 to 8,000 and how it was such a good buy. There’s no way in hell that diamond was worth 12,000k! If I hadn’t done any research I would’ve believed her and thought it was an awesome deal. I ended up getting a 1.33 ct G for much less. Don’t let them con you into thinking that they’re giving you a sale price or losing money on the stone. Some places mark them up so incredibly high just to make you think that they’re giving you a good deal. Also, check online to see if they’re a member of the BBB and if they’ve had any complaints filed.
Post # 10
Oh how exciting! The first time my Fiance and I went to look at rings I was completely overwhelmed emotionally. I was totally cool on the way there, but the minute I walked into the store and realized what we were doing, I started crying. It was like “Holy crap, we’re really doing this.” So my first piece of advice would be to allow yourself to get emotional. This is a huge step.
Next, like the other girls have said, try on everything. The girl told me that rings are like shoes, you wont know if it’s right until you try them on. And oh how right she was.
Also, I’ll tell you what I did in terms of “picking out” the ring. There was one that I obviously was in love with. In loooooove with. There were two others that I really liked and would have been perfectly happy with. So in order to let him think he had a bit of a say in the matter, I asked the jeweler to write the 3 rings down so he could go in a few days later (or whenever) and pick out *the* ring himself. Of course, he’s a smart one and picked the one that I originally fawned over, but I think giving him “a choice” make him feel like he did something, too. Does that make sense? Lol, I hope so.
Good luck on Monday. It’s honestly the best time. Oh! And if they have like a $30,000 canary diamond or something, try that on, too. It’s probably the only chance you’ll get. Haha just don’t fall in looooove with it. Have fun and good luck!!
Post # 11
Thanks for the tips guys, yall are so helpful. It always helps to talk to someone who has gone through the process. I definitely have been reading up on the 4 c’s! lol
@EA- I was really thinking about doing something like that, but I wasn’t sure if it was possible. letting him “pick” one out of 5 that I like or something to that effect.
Post # 12
I think just take your time and look at a few places. This is a huuuuge purchase, you don’t want to make it hastily. Have fun!!
Post # 13
oooh ring shopping is SO MUCH FUN!! Yay! I loved it, it was a dream day for me!
I agree – try on EVERYTHING – the ring I ended up getting (and ADORE) I even said, “It won’t look good on me!” and the girl said “just try it on!” Well, wouldn’t you know when I saw it on my finger I gasped at how stunning it was! So, try on everything! Let us know if you find THE ONE!! 🙂
Post # 14
oooh! ring shopping is the best! i didn’t realize how fun it would be until we were there trying on rings! i hope you find something you both like!
Post # 16
yayyyy so exciting! enjoy your shopping!