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Engagement Ring 101 – Getting Engaged Doesn’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

You’re finally doing it. You’ve decided to propose to your one true love. But wait! You don’t know the first thing about engagement rings. Where are the best places to buy diamond jewellery? Should you buy jewellery online? Do you really need a diamond? What if you don’t have a trusted jeweller? Do engagement rings really cost two months’ salary? We’ve put together a guide to help you on your journey to wedded bliss.

Step 1: Pick a stone
To diamond or not to diamond? Well, diamond rings have remained popular for a reason. Diamonds are nature’s hardest yet one of the most beautiful materials. And since engagement rings are typically worn every day, this is an important factor to consider. Recently, however, diamond rings have been losing ground to other gems, such as sapphires and rubies. In order to solve this stone conundrum, consider what type of jewellery your soon-to-be fiancé wears. If they are partial to diamond earrings, diamond pendants, or other diamond jewellery then chances are diamonds are now your new best friend.

Step 2: Create a budget
The old adage is you need to spend two months’ salary on a rings. Can we please put this one to rest? If you are not too sure about the type of rings you want, try looking at examples of engagement rings online, figure out a rough estimate of how much similar rings typically cost, and then spend what you are comfortable spending. After all, this is a symbol of love, not some status symbol to impress other people.


Step 3: Time to go shopping
In days of yore our only option to get an engagement rings was to either inherit one or buy one at a brick-and-mortar store. Luckily because we now live in a world where there are a myriad of options to buy jewellery online, shopping for an engagement rings has never been easier (or even the matching diamond earrings and diamond pendants, hint hint). When it comes to buy diamond jewellery online, the benefits of convenience, selection, and most of all price can’t be ignored. Low overhead means low prices and more selection of jewellery  designs for you. Just remember, when browsing for jewellery online, be sure to stick with reputable online diamond jewellery brands that use conflict free diamonds and can offer certification  from a trustworthy grading lab, such as the Gemological Institute of America.

Step 4: Get ready for the memory of a lifetime
Different people use different rules. This is your engagement and there are no right or wrong answer. Sure it’s traditional to pop the question on one knee, but what if that’s not your style? Don’t let others dictate what you can and can’t do. Take some time to really think about what speaks to you as a couple. If that means a quiet dinner in a candlelit garden, then you go right ahead. Or if that means writing your proposal in the sky for the whole world to witness, then don’t let anyone stop you. Love is such a personal treasure that too often gets blurred by what we’re told to expect. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember to listen to your heart and not your brain.



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