Top 10 Don’ts When Buying an Engagement Ring

Written by: Sue Fritz | | Wedding Advice

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Shopping for an engagement ring for your bride-to-be can be overwhelming with all of the options that are available – not to mention you may feel like you need a crash course on diamonds. You will want to get this major purchase just right and see your significant other’s face light up when she sees her new, perfect ring.

What Not to Do

Once you are ready to take the shopping plunge, follow these tips to avoid making the most common mistakes. You will feel like a diamond-buying pro in no time!

  1. Don’t expect it to be cheap.
    Some people mistakenly think you can get a 2-carat diamond for a few thousand dollars, but that’s simply not the case. The average ring will cost $5,000 or more. So prepare your budget and your expectations before shopping. Remember that some stores offer financing options if that interests you.  

  2. Don’t think that bigger always means better.
    You may be thinking that you want the biggest diamond your budget can afford, but quality is important, too. That diamond should sparkle! Research the 4 Cs of diamond grading before you even leave your home. Knowledge is power when it comes to diamond buying.

  3. Don’t forget the ring size.
    Try to find out her ring size ahead of time if possible. This will make finalizing your purchase much simpler.

  4. Don’t forget to be creative.
    Gemstones – besides diamond – can make a beautiful ring and be more budget friendly. Be sure to pick a stone that is durable and will not chip or get scratched easily. Think sapphires and rubies for a strong choice.

  5. Don’t avoid getting her input.
    Even if you want to surprise her, find out her jewelry preferences … white gold, yellow gold, platinum. A big ring or something dainty. Ask one of her close friends what style she might want. Listen for her comments about others’ engagement rings.  

  6. Don’t bring a big group of friends.
    When you are ready to make the final decision you shouldn’t be influenced by several different opinions. This is a very personal decision and the only thing that truly matters is that you and your fiancé are happy with the choice.

  7. Don’t be afraid to make it unique.
    The ring is a reflection of you and your partner’s relationship and story, so make it exactly what you want. Your jeweler can help you with your selection or a custom ring.  

  8. Don’t plan to do this in one day.
    This is an important purchase so don’t rush it. You will want to look at many different options and at some point you may even decide to create a custom ring. Be prepared to spend some time searching and even more if you need to wait for a custom piece.

  9. Don’t forget the classics.
    There are so many choices out there today so your purchase is probably not a simple decision. With all of these options, don’t forget about a classic solitaire. It may feel like the easy choice, but it’s a classic and will remain timeless while other trends come and go.

  10. Don’t forget the insurance.
    No matter what you spend and what your final choice is, insuring a ring is a necessity and means it will be protected against loss, theft and damage. Now that you have your perfect ring for the perfect proposal, you don’t want anything to go wrong. Contacting Lavalier and getting a personalized jewelry insurance policy can give you peace of mind and one less thing to worry about during this exciting and busy time.


  1. 11 Do’s and Don’ts when Shopping for an Engagement Ring. (Accessed August 22 2019).
  2. Popping the Question? 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Engagement Ring Shopping. (Accessed August 22 2019).

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