Has the time arrived to start ring shopping? Congratulations! Purchasing an engagement ring is a crazy exciting time and it’s easy to get caught up in the romance. However, remember that an engagement ring is a considerable expense so it’s very necessary to make sure you do it right.

  1. Select a metal for the band

Traditional engagement rings were made only from yellow gold, white gold, silver and platinum. However, in recent times rose gold has emerged as a new modern alternative. Though platinum looks similar to silver, it is more expensive as it has a greater density. Some metals scratch easily, so be sure to consider your lifestyle and budget before sticking to the final decision.

  1. Make sure to have a carat size in mind

The age-old comparison between quality and quantity also applies to the diamond engagement rings. Some people prefer a large white stone while some stick to the absolute clearest possible diamond despite the carat count. You are bound to save some cash if you go for a less common carat size.

  1. Get your measurements done correctly

This may sound obvious but make sure to get your’s and your partner’s ring fingers properly measured. You don’t want your ring to be very tight or so loose that it’s at risk of falling off. Your ring should feel snug and comfortable.

  1. Consider how your ring will match with your wedding band

While it’s easy to go shopping for the perfect diamond, the engagement ring forms only one half of the equation. Your wedding band, which is the actual symbol of your marriage is often overlooked by the other half. Think about the style of the wedding band that would go perfectly with your ring.

  1. Always buy certified

A diamond engagement ring is one of life’s most expensive purchases so take time to shop smartly. When you finally get the ring of your dreams make sure that you are buying a certified stone from an accredited laboratory.

  1. Make sure to check on the quality of the cut and clarity

You can save a considerable amount of money by purchasing the lowest colour diamond that will appear colourless to the naked eye. For round diamonds in white gold, people usually go for I or J colour. In yellow gold, you can go for a K colour. The difference in cost between a J and D colour is enormous. It’s a wise decision to go for the lowest clarity diamond which still appears clear to the naked eye. The difference in price between a clarity diamond and a flawless diamond is vast. The quality of the cut is another important thing to be considered. Even if you cut a so-so rough diamond perfectly, it will look stunning. On the contrary, even if a top-of-the-line rough diamond is cut poorly, it will look like absolute garbage.

  1. Head to the wholesale district

Another option is to work with dealers to avoid unnecessary markups, a wholesaler or a private retailer can work with his customers on a one-on-one basis to create a diamond engagement ring specifically for them. Moreover, as they don’t have The overhead like the traditional retailers, they can save you more than 30 per cent, giving you the best bang for their buck!