Depending on how nervous you are to propose, shopping for the ring can be the most daunting part of a proposal. Engagement ring shopping can be scary for many reasons. Are you going to get the right size? Will he/she like it? How much do I spend?

Here’s some engagement ring shopping tips that are sure to help you stress less:

Engagement Ring Shopping Tip #1: Ask What He or She Wants

  • If you think buying the wrong ring could ruin the moment, it may be best to approach your significant other beforehand. It doesn’t have to ruin the element of surprise if you don’t give away details of the actual proposal. Chances are you two have already talked about getting engaged, so bringing up questions about the ring won’t be a huge surprise to your significant other.


Engagement Ring Shopping Tip #2: Ask For Policy Information From Your Jeweler

  • If you’re going to select the ring without any input from your significant other, make sure the store has a return/exchange/trade-in policy. If it is necessary to exchange the ring for another, it’s good to know how long you have to do this. Also, will they give you the full price for a  trade-in?


Engagement Ring Shopping Tip #3: Be Wary of Diamond ‘Sales’

  • Jewelry stores and diamond retailers or consignors will NEVER, I repeat NEVER, go below market price. It’s important to do your research and see how much the diamond has been marked up in order for the seller to afford the ‘sale’ price. Some ‘sale’ diamonds will cost more than an equivalent diamond at a smaller store. Chain stores and internet diamond retailers are notorious for over-the-top mark-ups.

The most important piece of advice we have when engagement ring shopping is this: choose a jeweler you trust. The relationship with your jeweler goes beyond the buying process. Routine maintenance and repairs will be less stressful if you have a jeweler you trust.

Here at Hamra Jewelers, we strive to be honest, fair and have the highest quality jewelry selection. Browse our online engagement ring selection or visit our Scottsdale jewelry store.

And stay tuned for Part 2 of our engagement ring shopping tips!