Many people are intimated by the engagement ring shopping experience. There is a lot of misinformation on the web, and yet most purchasers do their own research online before heading into their favorite jewelry store. Some of the myths you may find are listed below. As a Certified and Graduate Gemologist (GIA/AGS) with 12 years of bridal experience, I am here to clear the record for you.
You might not want to hear this, but nowadays, most couples come in to look at rings together. Therefore, the element of a future surprise proposal is still intact, but the ring concept is an agreed style. This leaves both the giver and the receiver happy with the final design. Still want to decide on your own? In that case, I recommend proposing with a simple round solitaire ring in a white gold setting; the diamond can always be mounted in a more ornate setting after your partner says “YES!”.
Over the past 12 years, I’ve sold everything from a 0.30 carat D color & Internally Flawless diamond... all the way to 5.50 carat N color with I3 clarity. What works for one client is not best for another. Each couple places different importance on color, clarity, carat weight, and price. This is why it's important to sit down with a professional and view all your options before making a decision. Most couples end up with a balance of color, clarity, and size to end up in a comfortable price range.
Although an engagement ring is one of the most important gifts you’ll ever purchase, it should not put you into financial stress. There is no set standard for how much an engagement ring should cost. For decades, “2-3 months salary” was recommended. In reality, many clients spend more and many spend less. Again, do what feels right for your situation. The good news is, there is now no need for long term planning because Jae’s Jewelers offers 12 months same-as-cash financing (on approved credit). This program allows you to buy now and pay later, as you save.
Round diamond engagement rings are by far the top seller and most requested. Did you know that round cut diamonds are also the highest priced? Make the most of your hard-earned funds by selecting another center stone shape, such as an oval, cushion, princess, pear, or emerald cut. Let your ring speak to your fiancé’s style. Not only will you save some cash, but your ring will stand out from everyone else’s.
Over the past 74 years, Jae’s Jewelers has assisted countless couples with engagement ring selection and creation... but the consultation is a two-way conversation. We want to know what styles you saw on Pinterest that are an inspiration; show us a picture or make us a sketch. Talk to your partner’s friends to get an idea of their style, preferences, and finger size. We want every hint possible because you know your partner better than we do. We can ensure beauty, quality, and long-term service, but you should come prepared.
If you're considering an engagement ring soon, I’d be happy to sit down with you for a free consultation. Feel free to call me at (305) 443-7724 Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 AM – 6 PM for an appointment. To view our current collection of finished engagement rings, click here. We also have a wide selection of loose diamonds available for custom ring creation, which you can learn about by clicking here.