5 Myths About Engagement Ring Shopping

Don’t get caught up in all of the hoopla when you go engagement ring shopping – there are no set rules or standards as you shop! There are plenty of myths floating around about what to do when shopping for an engagement ring, but we’re here to put those myths to rest.

5 Myths About Engagement Ring Shopping

Myth: Engagement ring shopping is a stressful and frightening shopping experience.

Fact: Look at engagement ring shopping like buying a new car. It can be fun! You should explore all options. Just as you research cars that have the best fuel efficiency, performance and looks, you should do the same for engagement ring shopping. What metal, gemstone, and type of setting would your girlfriend say “yes” to?

Myth: The engagement ring has to be a surprise.

Sure, the element of surprise can be fun, but if you’re thinking about marriage, she is too. Don’t worry about trying to keep the proposal a secret, she knows exactly what’s coming. Plus, she probably wouldn’t mind helping steer you in the direction of the engagement ring she really wants!

Myth: You have to be a gemologist to know how to pick a good diamond.

You don’t need an expert to know that a diamond is of good quality. As long as you study up on the four Cs of diamond quality (cut, clarity, color and carat), you’ll be just fine. Try to learn some of the important vocabulary words so that you’ll have a better idea of what you’re talking about as you shop around.

Myth: Men will never understand women’s choices in jewelry and clothes.

Now is the time to pay attention to your girlfriend’s taste in jewelry. What is her lifestyle? Is she a teacher who works with her hands everyday? If so, she probably will want a ring with a low profile so that it won’t get caught on anything. However, an interior designer would want something with a little more of a modern flair. It’s not difficult to understand what she likes, you just need to pay a little extra attention.

Myth: Engagement rings have to cost exactly two month’s salary.

Come up with a budget you’re comfortable with and stick with it! Yes, an engagement ring is an investment, but you shouldn’t go into a marriage with debt because you spent more than you could afford on an engagement ring. People always say to spend two month’s salary on a ring, but it’s up to you how much you feel is the right amount to spend. In fact, as an anniversary gift one year you could have a larger diamond put into the ring if you wanted to.

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