GUEST BLOGGER: Tal Nudelman | Custom Jeweler, Top Rate Diamonds
Engagement ring shopping can be a complicated ordeal, so here are a few nuggets of advice that can help simplify the process and turn it into a fun and enjoyable experience.
Find a jeweler you can trust
When you’re sick, you go to the Doctor. When your car won’t start you go to the mechanic. So when you need a diamond go to a diamond dealer or jeweler, not the internet. The amount of information online is overwhelming and full of misinformation, so learn the basics online and use the internet to compare prices. Then find a trusted expert that can help guide you through the process and simplify the experience.
The best source for a trusted jeweler are your friends and family. Ask them about their experience and who they used. Another great source is Google. Search for diamond dealers and jewelers in your area and read the reviews. The good ones will have a long list of satisfied customers raving about their experience.
Don’t buy a diamond without looking at it
Unless you’re working with a trusted jeweler that can describe the diamond, don’t buy a diamond blindly. It’s best to see a diamond before you buy it so you can gauge the sparkle and clarity. Some diamonds can be cloudy or hazy, others can have ugly black imperfections. These are characteristics that cannot be derived by looking at the lab certificates. You have to actually look at the diamond. Remember, the cheapest diamonds are cheapest for a reason.
Give your jeweler a range of diamond qualities and prices and ask them to show you multiple options. This will allow you to compare different diamonds next to each other and make an informed decision.
It’s never too early to think of the wedding band
You picked out the perfect engagement ring, but have you thought about the wedding band? Some rings may require curved or custom designed wedding bands for a flush fit. If you prefer a flat band, make sure you select a ring that will allow a flat wedding band to sit flush against it. Otherwise you may end up with ugly gaps, trolling dozens of stores trying to hunt down the one band that fits your unique ring. Another option is to look for bridal sets, meaning rings that come with matching wedding bands.
Contributor, Tal Nudelman, is a Custom Jewelry Designer, Diamond Expert, and Creator of The Mommy Pendant. His Atlanta-based company, Top Rate Diamonds is an importer and wholesaler of loose diamonds and fine jewelry from around the world. To learn more about Top Rate Diamonds and working with Tal, visit http://www.topratediamonds.com or call toll-free at (888) 776-2607 to schedule an appointment. For more information on The Mommy Pendant, visit http://www.themommypendant.com.