If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to shopping for an engagement, start by finding a jeweller you can trust.
Buying an engagement ring, or having one made, isn’t like buying anything else. Gems, diamonds and precious metals seem to have their own language, and it involves style, quality, and of course the 4Cs. This means the most important thing is to find a jeweller you can trust where you can find bespoke made engagement rings.
It’s a relationship that really matters, so here are a few things to consider when choosing a jeweller to help you create the perfect engagement ring.
- Is the Jewellery Listening?
A respected jeweller will focus on the ring wearer’s needs and style. He or she will listen to you and show you a range of different ideas to help you hone your design.
Choose a jeweller you can develop a lasting relationship with. Find out how long he or she has been in business and what his or her reputation is. An established jeweller will have great references both online and through word of mouth.
- Range of Services
A respectable jeweller offers a range of service to help you create the dream engagement ring, such as:
- Someone trained to understand the properties of precious stones and gems
- Someone who can resize and repair the ring
- Someone who has ample experience designing custom pieces
When working with a jeweller to create an engagement ring, he or she should be able to answer your questions easily and with confidence. Make sure that you do ask plenty of questions about experience, design, diamonds and other gems, precious metals and everything else you need to know.
- Diamond Appraisal and Certification
You don’t ever just have to take a jeweller’s word for it. Make sure you get a third-party diamond certificate from an independent lab. The certification will prove that the stone is real and will describe any treatments done to it. The certificate further documents the carat, quality and colour of the diamond.
- Looking at Diamonds
The jeweller you choose should teach you how to look at diamonds and identify the 4 Cs. He or she will guide you through the process and prove the right tools to help you see the true beauty of your chosen gem for the engagement ring. When you do look at stones, be sure to ask questions like:
- May you see the diamond’s cut under the gemological microscope?
- Is there a colour grading system to compare the colour of the stone?
- Does the jeweller have the correct full-spectrum light for colour grading?
- Returns and Warranties
Make sure the jeweller is able to give you the ring within your desired timeframe. And, to cover all the bases, make sure you fully understand the jeweller’s return policy and warranty.
Before you take the plunge to have a ring made, make sure you can trust the jeweller. Get referrals, find out about their reputation, and do your research.