Arm Yourself With Knowledge Before Purchasing the Ring
The dramatic moment of proposal is one that has been depicted countless times: the man on one knee, perhaps, with a velvet ring box in his hand and a shocked, happy look on the face of his fiance. But although the actual act of proposal is one that everyone probably knows all about, the process of actually choosing a wedding ring is surprisingly obscure.
That's too bad, because there are a good number of things that you should educate yourself about before buying promise rings or engagement rings. It isn't, or at least shouldn't be, as simple as just walking into a store and picking out a shiny ring. That's a good way to wind up paying too much for an average ring; better to do some research on your own so that you can be educated to make the best possible choice.
There are a few things to consider before buying a ring, chief among them budget. Diamonds can cost a lot or a little, enough to strain any budget. If your budget is small, it may be wise to consider alternative stones, such as sapphires. Gemstones may be a good choice because they are generally less expensive than diamonds and also come in a wide array of colors. On the other hand, many women expect a diamond in their wedding ring, as that is the traditional stone. So, if you are not popping the question completely out of the blue, it's a good idea to discuss what she's looking for before you buy a ring. Imagine how embarrassing (not to mention how expensive) it would be if your wife-to-be accepted your offer but hated the ring!
Another good reason to educate yourself about rings is so that you can recognize a good deal from a rip-off. It's best to compare prices at several stores, and possibly look into buying rings from online stores. A number of reputable online stores now sell wedding rings, and often at a reduced price from jewelry stores. If you first take a quick walk into a store to find rings that you like, you can go online later and compare prices. Buying online does have certain issues, such as difficulty returning items and the problem of choosing the right sizing.
If you just do a little research before buying, you can save yourself a lot of headaches further down the line. A wedding ring represents a significant investment (in addition to representing the strength of a marriage), so it just makes sense to get the best deal possible. In addition to saving yourself money, you can also ensure that you get the best ring possible by shopping around and taking a good look at the options.