Here’s to all the men (or women) that are clueless when it comes to buying an engagement ring and also to my future husband (hopefully consulting this list).
1. Get an idea of her style and preference for Diamond Shape.
Take her on a shopping date. Take a stroll from Rockefeller Center to Bryant Park and stop into Kestenbaum & Weisner on the way. She will enjoy trying on rings and jewelry just for fun. Meanwhile you can get an idea of what she likes. Smeagol from Lord Of The Rings certainly knows his preference for rings.
2. Listen Up.
Listen closely to her friends and family as she may have discussed her preferences with them. More importantly, listen to HER as she may be dropping hints for you to pick up on. If she talks about her friends’ rings or points out pictures of rings in magazines or windows, this is a clear sign that she is hinting at what she likes. Show her that you’re not as clueless as she thinks you are… Beyonce knows how to drop a hint.
3. Learn the basics about the 5 Cs of A Diamond:
Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat Weight and Cost. The links to each C lead to my interview with storeowner, Philip Weisner. Reading the endless information from a Google search can be overwhelming and boring. We wanted to deliver this information via interview because we believe a conversation between two people is the best way to understand a concept.
4. Plan in advance.
Start the process as much in advance as possible so that you have time to make any unanticipated changes to your ring. Don’t procrastinate…
5. Keep It A Complete Surprise.
She’ll thank you if you do the extra legwork to research her style and keep the proposal a secret. It won’t be a problem to secretly get her ring size. At Kestenbaum & Weisner, we can usually estimate a ring size just from asking a few questions and we can always re-size a ring in the future.
6. Beware Of Analysis Paralysis.
Don’t fret over every possible combination of the 5 Cs. You want to enjoy the process and getting caught up in all the numbers may blind you to something beautiful. You can become overwhelmed by the overflowing information on the internet…
Pretty soon you may feel paralyzed by the search:
Or simply confused and overwhelmed like this:
This is why we’re here to help you! Becoming an expert in this industry takes years. Luckily we’ve already been doing this 34 years. Our goal is to get you to the best value for your budget and to have you as a customer and friend for life.
7. Don’t Settle.
Don’t hesitate to go for a custom-design if you see features from different rings that you want to combine into one ring. Creating cohesive custom designs is our specialty here at Kestenbaum & Weisner.
8. Don’t forget this is about L-O-V-E.
As important as the 5 Cs are in determining a diamond’s quality and ultimately, price, an engagement ring and what it represents is much more meaningful than the technical jargon. The ring represents the deep bond you have with each other and the very beginning of a lifetime committed to building a connection that grows stronger and closer every year.
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