Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying Your Engagement Ring
So, its time to pop the question, huh? This is an extremely exciting time, so first, we would like to say congratulations. This will be a time in your life that you will cherish forever.
Engagement rings can be challenging to navigate. There are a lot of different things to decide on that you may not even realize until you are in the process of buying. We have created a list of steps that can help you throughout your engagement ring selection process.
- Look at different styles.
There are a million different options for an engagement ring, it can be overwhelming to look at different styles all at once. We recommend that you speak to your partner’s best friends, or close relatives about the style that person wants. Pinterest is also a great way to see what a person is searching or envisioning for their engagement ring.
- Set a budget.
Everyone has a budget. At McCoy Jewelers, we have a ring for every hand, and a diamond for every budget. We know that an engagement ring is likely to be one of the biggest purchases of your life. We respect that and will always work within your budget to find your perfect engagement ring.
We have tips on what you should think about when deciding your budget, you can read those tips here.
Pro tip: when setting a budget, do not over buy. Set a budget that is within your means. Your partner will not want you to buy a ring that puts you in a financial bind.
- Decide on your time frame of wanting to propose.
You may think this is not an important detail, but it is. Jewelry is a different market than electronics. Every day – metal prices go up and down, and diamond prices change often too.
On top of that, different rings take various amounts of time to complete. A custom ring takes longer to create and finish than a ring that we may have in our case. Even different diamond shapes or sizes could take longer to find.
- Look at different stone shapes.
You will read all over the internet about the 4Cs of a diamond, heck, you can see those details on our site too. However, we recommend that being used as a reference guide AFTER you look and learn about diamonds in person. The 4Cs are challenging to understand.
You should absolutely look at the different shapes of diamonds and see which ones you think you could want as your center stone. Then, when you stop into our shop, one of our experts will walk through the cut, color, clarity, and carat of diamonds and help you find your preference for each of those 4Cs.
- Find your favorite jeweler.
We hope to be your favorite jeweler. At McCoy Jewelers we pride ourselves in a friendly, non-pushy approach. You will never be pressured towards going over budget or making a purchase.
Engagement rings should never be bought online. There are a lot of parts to an engagement ring or a diamond, that may not be listed in the description, that are important to see before making your purchase.
Find a jeweler you trust, and that also has values that are important to you.
Pro tip: read google reviews of different jewelers, previous clients are the best people to tell you how their experience was with that jeweler.
- Select your semi-mount.
Now the fun part, you can select your perfect ring. This comes second to your diamond or before, whichever you prefer. At McCoy Jewelers, we start with the semi-mount because it can have some influence on the diamond you select.
- Select your diamond.
At McCoy Jewelers, we will show you all sorts of different options within your budget and help you select the perfect diamond. We will always show you options towards the bottom of your budget, the middle of your budget, and then closer to the top of the budget. You do not always need your entire budget for the perfect diamond and that is why we will show you lots of different options.
- Plan your proposal.
You have selected your ring, put your deposit down, and now you wait for it to be ready for pick up. This can seem like an exceptionally long time because you are so excited to pop the big question. We promise to complete your ring as quickly as possible.
During your wait, you should be finalizing your proposal details (if you are proposing shortly after completion).
Pro tip: Have someone to take a picture whether it is a professional, a waiter, or a relative. The proposal is something you will want to have pictures of down the road.
- Pick up your finished ring.
The moment the ring is ready for pick up, one of our team members will reach out to you. Stop into the store – get your complimentary appraisal, make any additional payments on the ring, get your proposal box, and you are set to go!
Pro tip: have a hiding spot in your mind to make it easy and quick to hide the ring while you wait for your proposal date to approach.
- Pop the question 😊
It is the best part!! Ask your best friend to be your partner forever. We are so honored to be a part of this moment in your life. Remember that the proposal will be perfect regardless of how you do it, and to just cherish that moment.
- Bring fiancé in for ring fitting and engagement gifts.
After you propose, bring your new fiancé into the shop, we want to check the sizing of the ring and we have a giftbag for you both as well!