Thinking of buying an engagement ring online? Then you’ll be pleased to know that Jack Jahan, from jewellery specialists Ramsdens Jewellery, has four tips on things to consider before ordering an engagement ring online. If you’re planning on asking your partner to marry you in the near future, you’ll need to find the ideal engagement ring before you get down on one knee. However, with retail stores only just reopening after lockdown and lots of safety measures that need to be followed, you might be tempted to shop for a ring from the comfort of your own home. Before you start your search, there are a few things that are worth knowing to ensure you can not only buy the perfect ring, but do so safely and sensibly. Here are my tips to consider that will help you do just that.
Have a Proposal Date in Mind
There are two types of engagement ring buyer: those who know they definitely want to get married but have yet to plan how and when they will propose, and those who have decided on the date they’re going to pop the question. If you’re in the latter camp, you will need to keep your intended proposal date in mind when shopping for and ordering an engagement ring.
This point is especially important if you plan to propose to your other half on a significant day, like their birthday or on an anniversary. You will have to allow enough time to find the right ring and for it to be delivered, so don’t start your search at the last minute. Remember that you’re unlikely to find the right piece right away and it may take some time to find one you’re happy with. You also need to look at the delivery options available and check whether it will arrive in time.
Shop with a Reputable Jeweller
An engagement ring is a special piece of jewellery, so you’ll want to know it’s of the highest quality. One way to ensure this is the case is by only shopping with a reputable jeweller who sells the very best products. So, be sure to carry out some research beforehand. You can do this by asking around friends and family for recommendations (be sure they can keep a secret first), looking at independent reviews online, and looking at what people are saying about them on social media.
Once you’ve found a jeweller you can trust, don’t hesitate to ask them about the source of any precious stones and history of any ring you’re interested in. A reputable business will be able to provide you with all of the details necessary to ensure the piece is ethical and of genuine quality.
Choose the Right Ring Size
While it’s easy to focus on choosing the right design, don’t forget you’ve got to pick the right ring size to fit your partner — you want them to be able to wear it, after all! This means you need to find out what their ring size is in advance in a way that won’t make them suspicious.
Does your other half wear jewellery on their ring finger already? If they do, then you can simply take one of their pieces and use a printable ring size guide to work out what size they are. If they don’t, you’re going to have to be a little bit sneaky. I suggest pretending to order a ring for yourself and measuring your own finger, then, out of curiosity, measure their fingers to “compare”.
You can also consult this blog to compare different cuts and styles!
Check the Small Print Before You Buy
Once you’ve found a reputable jeweller and picked out the perfect ring, it’s still worth checking that the finer details of the transaction are good to go.
For one, you should look at the store’s returns policy to make sure that they will be willing to process a refund or exchange if things are not quite right. And, you’ll also want to make sure their returns window gives you enough time to propose and make any necessary returns before it expires.
Your ring will also likely be sent in the post, so it’s worth looking at what protection the jeweller offers if the parcel is lost or damaged. If you aren’t satisfied by their policy, it’s better to play it safe and shop elsewhere rather than risking a significant and expensive purchase going wrong.
If you plan to buy an engagement ring online, be sure to consider these four tips before you splash out. This way, you can be sure you’re buying the right ring from the right jeweller. Contact us for more details!