5 Questions to Ask Your Jeweler When Buying an Engagement Ring
Engagement ring shopping is stressful.
You've dreamt about your perfect engagement ring and you think you have a pretty good idea in your head. Then you come face-to-face with the near endless options and you're back at square one.
To prepare for the buying experience, arm yourself with these five questions to ask your jeweler when shopping for an engagement ring:
1. What are this stone's 4Cs?
If you're interested in a traditional diamond, the 4Cs (cut, color, clarity, and carat weight) are an essential starting point in diamond education. Your jeweler should explain each characteristic to you and help you understand the scales for each.
If you're buying your first diamond, the 4Cs can be overwhelming. Be sure to ask your jeweler any and all questions you have. You can also come prepared with this: Diamond Size Chart & 4 More Tools You Shouldn't Shop Without.
2. Does this stone have a grading report?
Certain diamonds come with a special grading report from organizations like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). These reports provide every detail you could ever want to know about a diamond, including the 4Cs and the stone's origin.
For more information on different types of diamond documentation, check out Jewelry Appraisals: What Everyone Forgets When Buying Jewelry.
3. What are the properties of the metal this ring is set in?
Silver, gold, platinum – what’s the difference? Your jeweler can walk you through the strength, durability, upkeep requirements and cost of each metal.
This is an often overlooked trait when purchasing a ring. The stone may be the centerpiece, but you definitely want to ensure the metal that's holding it in place fits your budget and lifestyle.
4. Can this ring be modified?
It's wise to ask how easily a ring can be resized, repaired and/or upgraded.
If you live an active lifestyle, for example, you may not want to choose a design that's difficult or costly to repair.
Or, you may choose a modest engagement ring to start out, with the intention of upgrading in the future. Find out how easy it will be to swap in a larger stone, solder on another band or add a ring jacket.
5. What are my payment options?
Jewelers vary in their available payment options; ask if yours offer layaway or special financing.
Regardless of how you choose to pay, know that an engagement ring is an investment and it's never too early to start saving!
Happy engagement ring shopping!