Gentlemen, don’t believe everything you read. The maxim about having to spend at least two to three month’s salary on an engagement ring is absolutely absurd. You can get a stunning piece of jewellery on a much smaller budget. Besides, you probably realise it’s not the smartest thing to marry someone who believes you need to be spending crazy amounts of cash on a piece of jewellery they simply cannot afford. The good news is there are plenty of ways you can get more value on an engagement ring purchase.
Serendipity Diamonds in UK have put together a few guidelines on what not to do when it comes to making that all-important purchase.
5 Things NOT to Do:
Firstly, don’t go shopping without having to set a budget, and then don’t go looking at rings way out of that budget. It’s the same as with looking to buy a house – if you see a piece of jewellery that is twice the amount you had planned on spending, sure it will be much nicer, and then you’re going to keep thinking about that particular ring. Rather only compare the rings that fall within your budget. On that same note, if you walk into a store and mention your budget to the salesperson who then shows you something that’s 20 percent above the budget, walk away.
Don’t Buy from Massive Chain Stores
Stay away from those massive stores if you want to shop for an engagement ring on a budget while still being able to get your hands on great quality. These stores tend to have huge rents and therefore more inventory which leads to high-pressure sales and the need to make bigger margins on every single item in the store.
Try to Leave Emotion Out of It
Try not to go ring shopping by emotion. Sure, you’ll see something stunning and it will be exactly what she wants and more, but it will still be there tomorrow. Make sure you look around at multiple stone shapes, sizes and settings before making a decision. If you’re able to, take a few notes or pictures and come back the following day. By their very nature, engagements rings are highly emotional purchases, but remaining calm and rational will help keep you from buying something you may regret later on. If you want to ask for more information on the pendant design, for instance, ask. And then, think about it.
Stay Away During the Holidays
Try not to go engagement ring shopping during the holiday season. Most engagements tend to take place around Christmas time so there isn’t too much on sale and way too many men fail to follow the above pointers, rushing in and buying whatever passes as okay. The summer months are completely devoid of jewellery-related holidays, so there will be time to spare and it will be easier to stick to your budget.
Don’t Buy in A Hurry
Always take your time with this decision and know what’s out there and how much it is going to cost you. Give yourself a few months, even, to browse and compare and consider all the options without the stress and hurry.
You’re going to spend a few months looking for the perfect ring that she is going to spend a lifetime looking at. Take your time, make sure you know her tastes and once again, stick to that budget.
Thank you very much for reading. I am always very happy to see you stop by. Wishing you a fantastic day today.
Much Love, Mojisola.