Taking the next step in your relationship and picking out an engagement ring is one of the biggest steps of your life— you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and it’s time to make it official. Purchasing an engagement ring is a big step both emotionally and financially, so it is important to go into it informed and only work with people and businesses you trust. At Monarch Jewelry, it is truly our passion to help Central Florida say “I do.” Today we’ve pulled together our tips and tricks for discerning brides- and grooms-to-be considering buying an engagement ring.
Tips From A Jeweler: Engagement Ring Shopping
Throw out the 3-months salary rule.
We’ve heard it all: that you should spent two months pay, three months pay, and a certain percentage of your annual salary on an engagement ring. This is a myth; the best budget is the one you come up with and that feels comfortable in your own financial situation. Remember, you can always finance, or pay with a credit card. Learn more about easy financing with the Monarch Jewelry Luxury Credit Card HERE.
Diamond shapes allow you to get the biggest look for your buck.
Round diamonds appear the largest compared to other shapes. While round diamonds have the potential to sparkle more than any other diamond shape, their symmetry also makes them appear slightly smaller in comparison to a fancy shaped diamond of the same carat weight. The apparent size of any diamond, when viewed from the top down, can vary depending on the shape and size of the wearer’s hand. This is why it’s a great idea to try on different diamond shapes and setting styles when beginning your engagement ring search.
The 4 C’s are worth learning.
The 4 Cs are an acronym for cut, color, clarity and carat. These are the top four characteristics to look for when purchasing a diamond and together cover the most basic need-to-know diamond buying information. Learning at least the basics of the 4 C’s will help you determine which is most important to you and where your opportunities are for saving money. Learn more about the 4 C’s HERE.
Opt for near-colorless diamonds.
D grade (colorless) diamonds are the rarest, making them the most expensive color grade. By looking for near-colorless diamonds (diamond color grades G through J) instead, you will find diamond color grades that will face up white— it is difficult for those who are not gemologists to differentiate between colorless and near-colorless diamonds.
To save money in your setting and allow for a larger gemstone, consider setting a diamond with a lower color grade such as K or L in a warm-colored metal. Warm colored metals such as yellow or rose gold engagement rings will conceal some yellow coloration.
Spend time considering different setting.
Settings can truly make or break your center stone. A diamond set higher up, like a cathedral setting, will appear slightly larger than it really is. Halo settings, where tiny diamonds surround your center stone, make the center stone look larger. You can choose a slightly smaller carat weight for your center stone if you choose a halo setting, which will save you money in the long run. Consider the width of your shank, too— a wide shank can take away from the center stone and make it appear smaller, where a thinner band can let the center stone shine.
Designing your own engagement ring is easier than you think.
If you’ve visited our Winter Park showroom, there is a chance you’ve noticed our affinity for the extraordinary. After all, why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Custom designing your engagement ring can actually be very easy (and cost efficient!) to design the ring of your dreams. A custom, handcrafted piece of jewelry allows you the opportunity to create and design a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that will become a meaningful part of your love story.
Whether you’re starting from scratch or working with diamonds and gemstones that have been passed down through the family, we can take your dream and make it a reality. We’ll help you put your ideas on paper, and our designers can create your piece in the metal of your choice. Our expert custom designer team is happy to work with you to create the jewelry piece of your dreams, with the latest design tools to show you exactly what your ring will look like before it is made so you can be assured it will be exactly what you are looking for and enjoy for years to come. Learn more about custom design HERE.
Why only do ordinary when you could do extraordinary?
“My partner and I are a same sex couple looking for engagement rings. We have walked out of many other jewelry stores in the area feeling uncomfortable. Walking into monarch jewelry was a completely different experience. We can’t thank Diane enough for all of her help, understanding, and support. She has been wonderful at helping us through this special moment in our lives. Diane has really taken the time to teach us about diamonds so we can make the most informed and best decision for us. She has also been incredibly patient and has never pressured us into buying anything like many other jewelry stores do. We can’t recommend this place, especially Diane, enough!” — Han S. on Yelp