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Top Insider Tips to Ring Buying

Top Insider Tips to Ring Buying

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Top Insider Tips to Ring Buying

Buying the perfect ring can be an anxiety-ridden situation.  There are so many choices, features, materials, and stones available.  How do you know which is the right one?  It doesn't matter if you're buying an engagement ring, a promise ring, or a decorative ring -- these tips will help you remain calm and make the right decision when it comes to ring buying.

Set A Budget - And Stick With It!

Not everyone arrives in a jewelry store with a budget. They may look around and find something they really love, only to learn it is $3,000 more than they originally anticipated paying. When they buy it anyway, it leads the way for future buyer's regret.  When you arrive with a budget in mind, make sure you stick with it.   Give yourself a buffer of $100 more or less. Just keep it wide and don't dig yourself into a financial hole, because that won't benefit anyone. 

Do Your Research

Anything worth buying needs to be researched.  It doesn't matter if it's a new PC, a new car, a new home, or a ring.  Do some research on what makes a quality ring a quality ring.  Look at some variations in gemstones, materials for the ring itself, the differences between the four c's, and more.

Make Sure The Ring Is Legit!

 While there are 4Cs to ring buying, there is also an unofficial C for certification.  You should absolutely insist on a certification and grading report if you're buying a diamond ring. The certification should match what the seller is telling you.

Try Different Shapes

Of course, round brilliant diamonds are the most popular, but they aren't the only option. There are other shapes available such as emerald, princess, pear, and oval. Sometimes these can cost much less than a round brilliant diamond.  Make sure you shop around and check out all the available shapes, not just what's popular.

Return Policies

When you're buying an engagement ring for someone, there is no absolute guarantee that they will say yes.  Always, always, always make sure that the jewelry store you buy the ring from has a good return policy.  Most jewelers will offer a 30-day return policy, with no questions asked.

If on the off chance you already bought the ring and they didn't have a return policy, you can also start thinking about ways to sell the ring.  Jewelry shops are willing to buy rings if they cater to a certain audience, ie; diamond rings, gold rings, platinum, etc.  

If you are interested in selling your used jewelry or have questions, visit Ralph Mueller & Associates or call 480.949.9229.