Questions to Ask When Purchasing an Engagement Ring
When you’re looking to purchase an engagement ring, there are several questions you should ask yourself when dealing with a jeweler. Purchasing fine jewelry is a unique buying experience, as it is a moment of emotional significance. A reputable jeweler like Jackson Square Jewelers will be able to accommodate you when it comes to these questions.
Does the jeweler listen to you?
Respected jewelers should:
- Focus on the bride. It’s all about her: her style, her needs, her desires.
- Listen to you. Red flags include pushing their own agenda or focusing on one thing, like price.
- Show you an array of different rings but help guide you in narrowing your choices. You shouldn’t walk away feeling overwhelmed.
Is the jeweler established and credentialed?
Choose someone with whom you can develop a lasting relationship. Look at how long the jeweler’s been in business and research the store’s reputation. An established business is more likely to have great references, and to be around for regular ring maintenance — not to mention in 10 years when you’re looking for that special anniversary gift.
Does the jeweler offer a wide array of services?
A respected jeweler will offer an array of services to help you choose your ring and with needs that are likely to pop up down the road. Here are a few things to look for:
- An in-house gemologist who’s trained in the properties of precious and semi-precious stones and can guide you in finding the right stone for your style and budget.
- A bench jeweler, who can help repair or resize your jewelry.
- Some jewelers can also design custom pieces. If this interests you, inquire!
4) Does the store offer a wide selection?
You’ll want to be sure you have plenty of ring styles to choose from — along with a little guidance. Again, no jeweler should have you walk away feeling overwhelmed.
5) Is the jeweler knowledgeable?
When working with a reputable jeweler, everyone on staff should be able to answer your questions with confidence and ease, or point you to someone else in-house who can. Choosing a jeweler that specializes in loose diamonds and fine jewelry, and ensuring there’s a trained gemologist in-house, makes this more likely to happen. Don’t hesitate to walk away if a salesperson refuses to answer a question — everything you ask matters.
Sources: Jewelry Rise, American Gem Society