There is a multitude of things to consider when planning a proposal, and purchasing an engagement ring or sentimental piece of diamond jewellery is no small feat. Ensuring you know exactly what to ask your jeweller is important to save you returning with questions that could have been answered during your first visit.
This short list of things to be mindful of gives you a brief idea of what questions to ask your jeweller to ensure you and your partner are 100% satisfied with your purchase.
1. To Engrave or Not To Engrave?
If you want to really personalise a ring, engraving it with a subtle quote, date or name is a sweet idea to display your effort and thoughtfulness. Ask your jeweller if they provide this service to save you having to organise it later, as most jewellers will offer engraving and securely store your ring until you're ready to pop the question.
2. Know your sizing
Knowing your partner’s ring size in advance always helps. For those who are unsure, it’s best to go slightly larger than smaller. That said, ask your jeweller whether they’re able to do resizing - if the ring doesn’t fit, they will likely offer free ring resizing for most rings within 6 months of purchase.
3. Always ask about insurance
Like any significant investment, it’s important to take necessary precautions in the event of accidents or theft, so be sure to ask your jeweller about engagement ring insurance. An engagement ring is designed to last you a lifetime, and if anything were to happen - loss or damage - it’s best to speak to your jeweller about insuring your ring, and what you’re entitled to if something unexpected happens.
4. Engagement Ring Maintenance
I’s important to perform regular maintenance checks on diamond jewellery to ensure that everything is in tip-top shape, so it’s a good idea to check with the jeweller what that regular maintenance may look like. For instance, the jeweller may advise you to get your ring cleaned every three months, where others may recommend an annual clean.
5. The source of the diamond
While this question isn’t entirely necessary, it’s always a good idea to ask where the diamonds are from. A reputable jeweller will be able to show you a GIA certified grading report so you know all about the quality and origin of your diamond.
6. Figure out payment options
Purchasing an engagement ring is probably one of the most important purchases you’ll make in your life. While it’s important to save up money before making your purchase, having a budget planned beforehand is idea. Ask your jeweller about Afterpay, ZipPay and other payment plans on offer to make the purchase as convenient as possible on your hip pocket.
7. Always know the Return & Exchange policy
Knowing whether the ring you’re about to buy has a Return and Exchange Policy is probably one of the more important questions on this list. Having this conversation with your jeweller is heavily recommended as it not only puts some of the questions you may have for them at ease, but also reinstates the quality, policies and details that come with the ring.
The more questions you ask, the better chance you have of ensuring that the ring you've chosen is perfect for the most important question of all - the proposal!
Need help finding the ideal engagement ring?
Our friendly sales team have many years of experience and can help you find the perfect ring for your loved one. Simply visit our SH Showroom in Springvale and take advantage of a free consultation to discuss your jewellery and diamond requirements. However, so that we can better serve you, we recommend that you book an appointment for your consultation, especially for weekend times.