Congratulations, you are planning a Fall proposal! Now what? It is natural to go straight to Google and begin researching, which I suggest, but you need to be aware of some things before you begin.
· Size of gemstone and ring: Have you ever seen a picture of something, but when you had it in hand, it was very different? It happens all the time, and jewelry is no exception! Oftentimes, pictures are blown up to see the detail which can make you believe the overall ring is bigger than it actually is. What may look like the size of a 1.00ct diamond, is actually a diamond ring much smaller.
· Quality of Gemstones: Prices can range all over the board based on the many combinations of cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. If you have limited knowledge and experience with diamonds, you may not be getting the good deal you were thinking. As a professional, I would never buy a diamond without seeing it in person which is why I bring diamonds in for my clients to decide.
· Lab grown vs natural diamonds: When researching diamonds for a client, I found a $6,000.00 difference in lab grown vs natural. Read the fine print when looking at engagement rings online, many of them only mention they are lab grown there. Also, some companies will use lab grown diamonds on the side accent diamonds to bring down the price. Lab grown diamonds are perfectly okay if that is what you are expecting, but not okay if you believe the ring features natural diamonds.
· Quality of craftsmanship: This point, in particular, can really affect the longevity of your ring. To keep prices low, which makes you feel like you got a good deal, chain stores and some online jewelers will skimp on the metal of your ring. Instead of a strong setting to hold your diamonds in place, they are flimsy and weak. When I worked at a traditional store, we often had to turn away ring sizing jobs due to the poorly constructed ring. If we sized the ring, it would fall apart, and any warranty the ring had would be null and void. Clients felt trapped because either the online store didn’t do ring sizing, or the chain store would take 6 weeks to get it sized and was a hassle to deal with.
I would love to help you navigate the waters of buying an engagement ring so that you feel good about the ring you are giving! Angela Cisneros Jewelry Concierge brings back the joy and confidence of jewelry shopping, so that you can celebrate with ease! My by-appointment approach means:
One-on-one appointments (personal attention and no crowds!)
Discretion and privacy (surprises remain surprises!)
Expert help from a Graduate Gemologist with 24 years of experience (yep, that’s me!)
Book your FREE appointment with me today! www.angelacisneros.com/book-appointment