Getting married is a sacred thing, but there are some obstacles that must be overcome before taking a walk down the aisle. For a guy, proposing is one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome, yet it is not as difficult as buying a suitable engagement ring. Most men could benefit from a helpful guide on buying the perfect engagement ring. Many guys are stomped by simple questions, such as: Whatâ€™s the difference between a wedding ring and an engagement ring? When is it appropriate to purchase each of the rings? How much should I spend on an engagement ring? How do I know which ring is better? These initial questions make buying an engagement ring extremely confusing.
Most men may find it appropriate to bring a friend. It is important to bring a friend of hers that knows her well, preferably her best friend. Best friends will be more informed on what rings are most appropriate and what rings a woman would like the most. A friend of the future bride will also be able to pick out what rings she admires most, and what rings she may not like at all. It may also be helpful to choose a stone and a ring separately. The best value can be found in a diamond with high color and cut, and low clarity. Checking the diamond for any visible inclusions using the jewelerâ€™s loupe before purchasing it may also is helpful.
Getting a quality jeweler is the next step; the best jewelers usually have the smallest shops, and are more personal than national chains. The jewelerâ€™s store should be accredited by the Jewelers of America or the jeweler should be a member of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). It is important to do initial research before the purchase, and to obtain insurance and a return policy after the purchase. The most important step in buying an engagement ring is being prepared. Before buying the ring, the man must save his money, find the perfect stone and setting, and have any custom engraving done. Buying is a long and complicated process that cannot be done in a few hours or even a few days.
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