7 Tips For Choosing an Engagement Ring


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‘Tis the Season for Weddings! I have four weddings to attend this summer, one down and three more to go and all the brides or brides-to-be have gorgeous rings!. Many females now are choosing their own engagement rings because lets be honest, we know what we like, plus, the ring represents our own romantic style. But for many guys, even the thought of buying a new pair of pants can be fairly daunting, never mind the stress of picking out that “perfect” ring.

Buying a diamond engagement ring is a somewhat uncomfortable purchase for guys. They often just head off to a jewellery store and arrive feeling confused and overwhelmed. That’s why we have put together this handy guide to help you find the right diamond engagement ring for your fiancé and your budget.

Seven Ways to Pick the Perfect Diamond Ring

  1. Ditch the 3 Month Rule

 There’s that old belief that men need to budget at least three month’s salary if they want to find the perfect engagement ring. But this really a myth. There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to budget. Simply, you should make a budget and stick to it. Take a look at our brilliant collection of diamond engagement rings in Sydney and you’re sure to find one to fit your budget.

  1. Don’t Skimp on the Diamond’s Cut

When you’re shopping for diamonds, it’s important to know about the four C’s – cut, clarity, carat and colour. The cut of the diamond is the most important as it determines the brilliance, or sparkle, of the diamond. So don’t worry about size as much as you should worry about cut. If your fiancé has an incredibly brilliant and sparkly ring, it is going to appear bigger than a larger and lower-cut quality diamond.

  1. Try to Think Outside the “Big Box”

A big majority of money spent on engagement and wedding rings comes from online purchases. That’s because online retailers tend to offer prices that are anywhere from 20 to as much as 40 percent lower than traditional brick and mortar stores. For great savings on engagement rings, you can visit this website.

  1. It’s Okay to Go Down Half a Carat

If you’re shopping for an engagement ring, you can save hundreds of dollars if you understand how the pricing system works for carats. Diamond prices tend to jump disproportionately when they get to the half carat marks. So it’s worth looking for carats just shy of those marks, for instead .95 instead of 1 carat. You can save a significant amount of money and the tiny size difference won’t even be noticeable.

  1. Trust What You See

Be sure to ask for a diamond that is “eye-clean,” instead of “flawless.” Many of the so-called flaws tend to occur naturally in diamonds and cannot be seen by the human eye. So no one will even see what it really is you’re spending so much money on. If you want to achieve the best value, go for a near-colourless diamond instead of a colourless diamond.

  1. Go Over the Return Policy

Let’s say the worst happens and your girlfriend really doesn’t like the ring. What happens if it is too late to take it back? Be sure to check out the jewellers’ return policy before making the purchase.

  1. Buy Certified Diamonds

Not all diamonds are created equal. Don’t rush to buy the ring until you have seen certification by an independent grading agency, such as the American Gem Society or Gemological Institute of America. If the diamond has been graded by the jeweller behind the store counter, you need to be weary.

Use these tips to find the perfect diamond engagement ring and she’s sure to say “yes!”


* This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer.