How to Buy an Engagement Ring Online
Ensure the retailer provides certifications.Just like shopping in a store, make sure that the diamond you purchase comes with a grading report from a trusted source. GIA and AGS are trusted, world-renowned institutions that grade your diamond against the 4Cs and provide you with a report unique to your diamond.
Look for risk-free trials.Among free shipping and hassle-free returns, some online retailers, like James Allen, allow you to experience the ring before clicking ‘buy.’ This feature might even allow you to include multiple rings in your proposal to let her choose her favorite!
BudgetTake your current financial situation into account when determining an appropriate budget. Fortunately, ordering online can save you up to 50% on your diamond’s cost. That savings makes platinum an easy decision as it is the best choice for protecting your ring while upping the elegance quotient! You can also use some of that savings towards your platinum wedding bands.
ShapeThere are a variety of center stone shapes to choose from, which can help you filter options when shopping online. Does the ring recipient like a classic round, an on-trend pear, or a spectacular step-cut emerald? There are ten main shapes, each with its own unique look.
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Style/SettingKnowing her style will help you narrow down the plethora of options available online. You can get input from her friends and family, take a trip to the jewelry store together before ordering online, or take our quiz to determine her bridal style. There is more to your ring than just how it looks; what it is made of matters equally. Platinum is the perfect metal for the setting as it will preserve the ring’s beauty for eternity and its durability will keep the ring’s diamond or gemstones secure.
Yes, there are 5! These are the 5 most important characteristics to evaluate when purchasing a diamond. The first 4Cs reflect the diamond grading report mentioned previously, and the 5th C refers to the Platinum Crown - a component you should demand your diamond is set with.
In order to get jewelry insurance on your ring, you will have to provide the insurance company with an appraisal. James Allen and other retailers provide customers with an appraisal and the appropriate certificate.
Just because you are not standing across a counter from a sales associate when shopping online, doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice customer support. Look into the customer service policy before purchasing a ring online as many online retailers pride themselves on the customer experience.
Some online brands offer free cleaning services, bridging the gap between a local jeweler and the online buying experience. James Allen offers a free cleaning every six months making them one of the best online retailers especially in terms of service and care post-purchase.
Returns/ExchangesMany online sellers offer flexible return and exchange policies, understanding that some buyers hesitate to purchase a ring they haven’t seen in person. Read the terms and conditions thoroughly on this policy to know exactly what to expect. James Allen offers a hassle-free return policy with a 100% money-back guarantee.
ShippingMake sure you read the fine print on the shipping and shipping insurance policies to understand which party is responsible should something happen. James Allen offers free shipping worldwide regardless of order size and fully insures the shipment.
With this guide, you can rest assured when shopping for your engagement ring online. Once you have that perfect ring, it’s time to pop the question: platinum proposal inspiration!