April 09, 2022
By Chelsea Reed
April is a popular time for weddings in the Outer Banks, and the engagement ring plays an important part in the process. Shopping for an engagement ring is a huge commitment, so where do you begin? We’ll share with you expert advice about making the most of this amazing personal journey.
Back in the day, everyone was into the size of an engagement ring’s bling. But these days, bigger is not always better. More people are getting into band styles with smaller gems that reflect their individual personalities, and we think that’s great. It’s important to check for the quality of the color and clarity of the stones too.
Diamonds are forever as the saying goes, especially when it comes to an engagement ring. As more couples are realizing that their ring purchases make a difference in the world, it’s important to inquire the seller about more info. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions. After all, this ring is your purchase for life. Is the ring eco-friendly? What’s the history behind it? Does it fit your life story? Estate jewelry is an attractive option that doesn’t put a demand on the planet’s resources.
Let’s admit it, it’s easy to succumb to a little sticker shock with engagement rings. You might even question why you’re shopping for a chunk of rock and metal that’s the price of a mortgage payment. The common rule of thumb says to get a ring that’s three months’ worth of your salary. But the reality is, there is no exact science about the “perfect price” of a ring. The best price of a ring is the ring that speaks to your heart. Engagement rings last longer than cars! This is the ring you and your fiance will have for the rest of your life, so choose carefully. Do you like simple wedding bands? Great! Small stones? That’s fine too. Big shiny bling? Go for it. As for affordability, layaway plans can help make your dreams come true. Seaside Art Gallery has a generous layaway plan.
It can be daunting to shop engagement rings alone. But if you bring your friends and family along, it can be fun! Make it a meaningful day out. Choose trusted individuals who are close to you. Some of them might have even been in your shoes before. Listening to different perspectives can help you hone in on the best choice.
Some fine jewelry shops require their customers to sign a binding agreement with the purchase of an engagement ring. But even if the ring of your dreams is attached to a contract, walk away. That’s because if your fiance doesn’t like the ring, or if something happens to you or your fiance that changes your wedding plans (or sadly, ends it altogether), you’ll want to have options for returning your ring. Seaside Art Gallery has a good 30-day return and 5-year exchange policy for many items.
There’s no such thing as a silly question when it comes to engagement rings! Whether you are in the market for an engagement or wedding ring or are helping someone else shop, feel free to contact Seaside Art Gallery about our fine estate jewelry collection. Our team will be happy to assist you!
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