How to purchase an engagement ring

You’ve met the right person.  Families have given their blessings.  Now you’re looking for the right way to ask the BIG question – “Will you marry me?”

We’re assuming you already know the 4 Cs when it comes to buying a diamond:

1)      Cut – shape of the stone
2)      Clarity – color of the stone
3)      Carat – weight of the stone (it’s REALLY spelled Karat, but it’s the point of the exercise)
4)      Cost – talkin’ Benjamins

But there are other things to consider when looking for the perfect ring.

First – be honest, how much can you honestly spend on a ring without wishing you’d spent the funds on the wedding, the honeymoon, or the house.  You can find great rings from $500 to priceless, but knowing what you really can afford is crucial.

Second – it’s not JUST about the stone.  The actual ring part is important too.  If you’re going for traditional wedding/engagement rings, then it needs to be in a ring that you like as well, since you’ll be wearing it as long as your significant other will be.   Silver, yellow gold, white gold, platinum – it’s not as easy as it used to be.  Patterns, no patterns – inscriptions, no inscriptions – choices of actual rings are almost limitless.

Third – it doesn’t HAVE to be a diamond.  Although “diamonds are forever,” so the slogan goes – it’s becoming more and more “hip” to have colored stones for engagement rings.  Many opt for their birthstone or stones of their favorite color.  Know what your fiancée-to-be is thinking – some simply object to the mining issues surrounding some diamond manufacturers so don’t be afraid to ask!

If we can help, let us know.  We work with a number of retailers in the area and can get you in touch with some of the best in the business should you need a recommendation.  The Mackey House intends to help you every step of the way!

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