So, the wedding bells have finally rung in your favor? And you have no idea how to go about the process smartly and perfectly? You’re just too excited. Aren’t you?
Well, we get you. It’s quite too tough to subside the thrill of heading on to your new journey, let alone make a smart decision with a calm mind. And when it comes to picking a wedding ring, things fall into real complications. You don’t want to ruin it – but you can’t seem to not ruin it. No?
So, here’s a list of reminders for you. We’ve enlisted the top 10 ways of picking the perfect wedding ring. Using this list, you can keep all essential elements in check and make the best possible decision!
Ways to Pick the Perfect Wedding Ring
1. Know One Another’s Preferences
If the wedding ring is going to be a surprise for your partner, you should have two things in your hand (or at least in mind) – the moment you begin your hunt:
- A list of your preferences
- A list of your partner’s preferences
You ought to know what you would like to see in your partner’s hand. And what would they like to see on their hands? Sketch a list of mutual preferences. And this will give you a clear-cut approach on what exactly you should look for?
It will help you sketch a basic outline of your shopping goals and minimize the wastage of time and resources. Also, simultaneously, ensuring that you’ve headed to the right path.
2. Or Better, Shop Together!
Alternatively, you can shop together. In actuality, we believe it’s a wiser move. Your wedding event beholds plenty of surprises – predictable and unpredictable. So, this is a domain where we think you should compromise on the surprise part and go shopping together.
Why? Well, that’s because it’s both a significant and expensive purchase. Not only will you spend heaps of cash on this buy, but you will also be providing your partner with a lifelong memory of your valuable bond. So, it needs to be nothing less than perfect.
3. Pick a Shape
Now, here begins the real deal. Once you have your ideas sorted and approach to this shopping spree well-defined (i.e., together or apart), it’s time for you to begin narrowing down your options. The very first element that we recommend evaluating the shape you want.
Currently, some of the common shape types of wedding rings are:
- Flat court
Note that we are referring to the whole ring here and not the stone part.
4. Opt for a Neutral Color
Alright, so there are no hard and fast rules here. You can go with bright pink or emerald green if you really, really, really want to – but we’d ask you to consider this twice.
Unless the color you choose has relevance to your relationship, there’s no point in opting for a bold and defining color. It will restrict you and become an obstacle in all your almost-perfect outfits. If your girl is a fashion diva, she would mind this to an unimaginable extent. If your guy is much of an introvert, he wouldn’t want to flaunt something so bold & bright in a business meeting, where he prefers carrying muted colors. You would never want your significant other to end up in a moral quandary. Do you? You wouldn’t want them to get stuck between choosing you and their reputation. Do you?
So, do yourselves a favor and pick a neutral shade instead. It will not lower the significance of your wedding ring but will only add to its versatility. You would both be free to wear it anywhere and everywhere you like without any social implications.
Some of the most versatile wedding ring shades are:
- Rose gold
- Yellow gold
5. Choose a Metal
After color, it’s time to choose the metal. Usually, the color you choose will dictate the metal you should opt for. For example, if you want your wedding ring to have that silver shine, then your potential metal options include:
- Silver Metal
Shortlist your potential options and let the value you want direct your final choice.
6. Determine the Value You Want
Most people make the mistake of beginning their wedding ring shopping spree with value. So, this is something we’d like to warn you about.
Look, this is your once-in-a-lifetime purchase. And if you’re going to let a budget define it for you, then you’re making a terrible deal. Your wedding ring is one of those very few lifelong decisions which you need not approach with calculations and composure. Free yourself of all barriers and chains. Let your impulse take the lead. Choose a ring that vibes with the intensity of emotion in your heart. If it asks you to go the extra mile, then be it!
Studies suggest that once a consumer sets a budget too low or too high, it impacts their purchase and behavior towards this purchase. Simply put, it directs everything. Surely, we do not want that.
So, once you have your shape, color, and metal decided, determine how valuable you want it to be. And for that, you need to look into the type of stone you want. Some popular stones for wedding rings are:
Also, if you pick the diamond, ensure you check out the four C’s, i.e., cut, clarity, carat, and color.
7. Survey both Online &Physical Shops
Once you have your specifics decided, it’s time to survey as many potential options as you can. From our observation, we believe customers have a finer experience shopping online as it saves time and money. Plus, you can browse multiple options in the comfort of your home. However, before sealing the deal, it’s best to go in person and check the physical form of the ring.
Whether you choose to shop virtually or physically, ensure that you analyze and evaluate at least 5-10 reputable jewelers. Evaluate the quality they are offering, their rates, purchase perks, discount offers, and the variety of designs available, as well as their expertise in the industry. In case of any issues and forgery, it will be easier to track your retailer if you have a sound knowledge of who they are and where they come from. Plus, to avoid any mishaps from the first go, ensure you review previous customers’ experiences and opinions.
8. Negotiate where Possible
Like every other purchase, it is your due right to consider where you can save a buck or two. Once you have chosen your preferred shop and analyzed their reputation, go through their markup policies as well. Some retailers tend to keep a markup as high as 500 percent. Of course, that’s unfair!
Avoid falling for it and negotiate where possible. If the jeweler refuses to cooperate, reach out to other retailers. Know that if a business isn’t doing its best to make you stay, it isn’t a sincere business anyway. At least, they’re not in for their customer’s best interests (unless you’re presenting them with unreasonable amounts of a bargain.) So, feel free to walk away.
Instead, you can even head to wholesale markets and districts that keep minimal markup on all purchases. Experts report markups of about 30-50 percent only, which is fair enough.
9. Get it Customized!
In case you cannot find your desired wedding ring at any shop at all, be it virtual or physical, feel free to reach out to jewelers that provide customization facilities. It may cost you a bit more than ready-made designs. But we bet the effort and money – both will be worth it! You can even get the metals and stones colored and cut as per your preference.
10. Be Wary of Marketing Tactics
Speaking of customization and reputation, know that every brand strives to lure customers. The same applies to jewelers. Hence, when you set foot in the market, double-check all you see and all that you hear from multiple sources. If a jeweler seems to be offering more in unimaginably low-budget, look out for the catch that’s hidden from your sight. For example, if you’re purchasing diamonds at rates lower than that of the market, ensure that you check out the certification of that diamond or stone. Search for the authenticity of the stone embedded in your potential wedding ring. And look into the legal status of the seller.
Similarly, at times, you may be marketed a low-price stone for unimaginably high amounts in the name of the brand’s reputation or the overall fancy look. Do not fall for it!
All in all, choosing the perfect wedding ring for your spouse isn’t the easiest of tasks. It may involve a lot of minor specifics and challenges. But nothing’s impossible, you know! When done systematically and with dedication, we bet it would yield the best of results. Happy shopping! We hope you find the ring of your dreams!
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