Five Things to Consider When Buying an Engagement Ring

From your first date to knowing she's the one, your love has been an amazing adventure. Now, it's time to put a ring on it. However, finding the ring of her dreams might seem a little daunting. You might be wondering where to even begin.

At Martin Binder, we know a thing or two about engagement rings. The process of buying an engagement ring doesn't have to be bewildering. Far from it, in fact! It's a remarkable and fun experience which celebrates your unique love. So to help you make ring shopping easy and enjoyable as it should be, we've compiled a list of five things to consider when buying an engagement ring.

1. How Much Will You Spend?

It's an old saying that you should spend three months' salary on an engagement ring. Thankfully, this is not true. Budget whatever you feel comfortable spending. You should also purchase whatever piece will make her eyes sparkle with joy. At Martin Binder, we have rings and settings for every price point, including exclusive sale items which can save you 50% or more.

Remember, it's not the price tag that matters, but the incredible love which the ring conveys.

2. What Does She Like?

This is one of the most fun parts of the whole process because you get to think about what will make her heart sing. It's more than just understanding what she likes. It's also celebrating her spectacular personality and finding a ring that's the perfect match.

Begin by pondering her style and what kind of jewelry she usually wears. Does she favor a certain kind of metal, such as silver, gold or rose gold? Are there certain colors she adores? Does she have a signature piece which inspires her? What about her clothes? What does she wear that best reflects who she is, whether she's a world class chef, a rugged hiker or contemplative bookworm?

It also wouldn't hurt to ask her a few questions about her personal taste. Just make sure you sound casual when you ask so you don't give yourself away.

If you're ever at a loss, the friendly associates at Martin Binder are here to help. Tell us all about your lady and what she loves. We can guide you through our extensive collection to spark ideas and discover just the right ring for her. We're also happy to explain everything down to the finest details, from different metals to split-shanks. Additionally, if you don't see something that will make her absolutely glow, we offer custom design.

3. How Do You Pick a Stone?

Diamonds are not the only option for engagement rings these days. Some women like to break from tradition and have something that stands out, such as a fiery ruby, striking sapphire, or gorgeous emerald. If she desires something different, that's something you should establish when you suss out her style.

If you go with the elegant, classic diamond, you'll have to learn about diamond basics, known as the 4 C's. The 4 C's are how diamonds are evaluated by cut, color, clarity and carat. Last month we wrote about the 4 C's in "Understanding the Many Facets of Diamonds". Make sure you check out that blog post for a more in-depth exploration of the 4 C's.

When purchasing a diamond, you'll also want to see some kind of certification. This will include all the crucial information about your stone, including color, clarity, carats, proportions, cut and polish. At Martin Binder, we sell only Certified diamonds to ensure the integrity of their purchase.

Buying a diamond or a gemstone from Martin Binder Jeweler is a unique and individual experience. Most jewelers buy in bulk to make a profit and don't even look at the diamonds and gems they purchase. At Martin Binder, we actually talk to the people who mine the stones we buy. Each year we personally travel the globe discovering the world's rarest diamonds and gems to bring home to Valparaiso, Indiana. Each of these extraordinary stones has their own story. When you buy a diamond or gemstone from Martin Binder, you're not just buying a trinket, but something with history attached to it. Something which becomes a part of your special story when you purchase it.

4. Where Should You Shop?

When shopping for an engagement ring, you don't want some run-of-the-mill jeweler who might pressure you into a sale. You want a jeweler who honors your special moments and makes your shopping experience exceptional. After all, those significant moments aren't ordered online, your love wasn't grown in a lab and your celebrations aren't meant for the masses.

An engagement ring is no ordinary ring. It's the symbol of your dedication, love and commitment to each other. It recognizes the beautiful journey you've decided to embark on together.

At Martin Binder, we cherish your journey and want to ensure that it is commemorated in the most spectacular way possible. We're here to help you find the ring which represents that, not strongarm you into a quick sale.

5. Is Your Purchase Protected?

Last, but certainly not least, make sure you understand the warranty backing your ring and have the piece insured.

A warranty is a service plan that your jeweler may offer. A quality jeweler will provide a free warranty. Our warranties included a complimentary appraisal, cleanings, inspections and minor repairs. Visit our Warranty Guarantee page to learn more.

An insurance plan protects your valuable engagement ring against the unexpected, such as the piece being lost or stolen. Since you are spending thousands of dollars, it is wise to insure the ring and have that extra peace of mind.

Love is Always an Adventure

Your love is a rich and rewarding adventure and buying an engagement ring is an exhilarating step forward. As you prepare for the next part of your incredible journey, remember that Martin Binder Jeweler is here for you. Our service doesn't end with the proposal, either. Once the wedding planning is underway, you can join the Binder Bride and Groom Club, where you will receive 20% off your wedding band purchase and 15% on wedding gifts for each other and your attendants. So if you have any questions or need any help in the process, simply make an appointment or give us a text or call.