How to get the best bang for your buck while engagement ring shopping

Shopping for an engagement ring can be tough. But, armed with the right research and questions, you can make the shopping experience a breeze – and get your dream ring.

While we all want to splurge on something special, we often also have a strict budget to adhere to. Michael Hill’s Chief Customer and Brand Officer, Vanessa Brennan, shares her wisdom on the best questions to ask your jeweller and what you should read up on in order to get the best value for money engagement ring.

What should I know before I go shopping?

Before you head out to the shops, Vanessa recommends knowing about a few things first.

“Apart from the 4Cs (cut, clarity, carat and colour), it is also really important to know your budget and which of the Cs are most important to you,” she says. “Is there a certain carat (size) you have always wanted? Or do you want the whitest diamond your money can buy? Whichever C you put the most importance on, and knowing the difference will play a really important part in store.”

She also recommends doing some research beforehand into what styles and cuts you like. Having a good idea of what you like in advance will help the store staff when they’re assisting you.

What questions should you ask your jeweller?

Especially now that we are all keen to know the provenance of the diamonds we wear and what guarantees we will get, Vanessa says there are a few key questions to ask before purchasing:

  • Are they part of the Responsible Jewellery Council? (This shows a commitment to using responsibly sourced, natural diamonds.) 
  • Do they offer a care package for your ring? (You need to think about how you can maintain your ring after your purchase.)
  • What are their guarantees, certificates of authenticity, and warranties?

How can I get the best bang for my buck?

When you are examining the diamonds, Vanessa says you should look at them closely through a loupe (a small magnifying glass for gem stones). This way, you can see the flaws and details of the diamond before you purchase it.

“All stores can show an authenticity certificate, outlining the exact colour and cut of the diamond, which you can view before you purchase – so you know exactly what cut and colour you are buying into, and where they sit on the scale,” she adds. The jeweller should also talk you through the 4Cs in detail so you can make the best choice for your budget.

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