Wedding Rings and Bands
Diamonds can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. There are four factors to consider when evaluating a diamond:
Gold vs. Platinum
For a surprise proposal, jewelers suggest purchasing an engagement solitaire—a simple ring (plain band) with a meaningful stone. The value is in the stone, which is placed into a more elaborate ring, at a later date, when you can select the perfect ring together.
A popular trend is shopping together to buy “his and her” rings as part of a “wedding set” where the man’s ring matches the style of the woman’s ring; and further the woman’s engagement ring is fitted to join together with her wedding band to become one finished wedding ring.
WHERE TO START
Before shopping, it is wise to have a price range in mind. Communicate a clear limit or budget. And agree to buy within your financial means. There are many suggested formulas for a price range. Many jewelers will recommend a percentage of monthly income. Keep in mind that this is a long-term investment, and that you have the option of making future upgrades in the overall quality as your income increases, or as you celebrate anniversaries.
Review the warranty and return policy provided by jewelry companies. Larger stores will likely offer a lifetime warranty to replace a lost stone (you may be required to return the ring on a periodic basis for the warranty to be applicable). Some stores will even offer a 90 day exchange policy where you can return or exchange the ring.
If you’re in a quandary as to how to get started, you may want to attend one of the ever popular BrideWord Expos. BrideWorld hosts events where you can meet with dozens upon dozens of wedding professionals face-to-face, not to mention jewelers who can answer your toughest questions. If you can’t wait, you can view local jewelers listed on this site.
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