A Step By Step Guide
Research the 4C's
Research the fundamentals of diamonds so you know exactly what you are buying. The old saying “knowledge is power” has never been more true. Once you are aware of the most popular ways to assess diamond quality you’ll be able to search for that perfect diamond.
Determine your budget
Ignore the old sayings and traditions regarding how much you should spend on the engagement ring. Discuss how much you can afford to spend comfortably and stick to it. A reputable jeweller will always work with you to find a diamond within your budget, if they do try to up-sell stick to your guns or look elsewhere.
Find your style
Deciding on the style you love, whether it is solitaire, three stone, halo or something more contemporary, there is something to suit everyone. Try on all the styles you can, what you think you may like often changes once you start trying them on (just like clothes!) Here at McGuire Diamonds you alter anyone of our designs to make your perfect ring or you can start from scratch and design something that's completely your own.
Find a reputable jeweller
Choose your jeweller carefully, ask friends and family for recommendations, also check out customer reviews online. A reputable jeweller, both online and bricks & mortar, will encourage you to shop around, ask questions and compare diamonds among the competition.
Look for certification
Look at the certification for the diamond you are interested in. Diamonds are certified by independent laboratories; GIA, HRD, IGI, etc. Some retailers offer “their own” diamond grading report, NEVER accept this as a true reflection of a diamonds quality or value, request an independent evaluation from a trusted laboratory. *Remember: For natural diamonds we recommend GIA. They are the industry leader and is a non-profit grading laboratory.
*Remember: For natural diamonds we recommend GIA. They are the industry leader and is a non-profit grading laboratory.
Make sure to ask questions, not just the obvious ones regarding the Cut, Colour, Carat and Clarity, also ask about Fluorescence and the dimensions of the stone as these can also affect the price of the diamond.
*Remember: Before you make that final decision give consideration to the wedding ring you will wear next to the engagement ring and try both on together, then you will know how the finished combination will look.
Make the purchase
You did your research, you chose the style, you found a reputable jeweller and you stuck to your budget. Congratulations, you are ready to make your engagement ring purchase with confidence!
*Remember: Insurance will protect your investment in case your diamond gets lost, stolen, or damaged. Ask your jeweller for an Insurance Valuation then speak to your home insurance provider, it can usually be listed as a specified item on your home insurance policy for a small fee.
If you'd like to talk to us more about buying an engagement ring and to try on some styles in store you can book a no commitments appointment.