Deciding which type of engagement ring to buy to propose to your partner with can seem like a daunting decision, but if you or your partner have your heart set on an antique engagement ring, then here is some help for you to select the perfect one. Below is some advice to follow to ensure that you not only get the perfect ring, but you also get yourself a good deal.
Research Diamonds & Other Precious Gemstones
If you educate yourself on the 4 C’s, which are: cut, carat weight, colour, and clarity of a diamond, you will have a better understanding of the precious stone’s value. How do you do that? A bit of research would help, with the aid of search engines such as Google.
When it comes to purchasing things such as antique diamond rings, it is essential to arm yourself with knowledge before you go shopping. You will often find that when compared to modern rings, antique diamonds will be of a lower quality, and so should be cheaper to purchase. By being familiar with what makes diamonds and metal valuable, you should be able to choose the perfect piece for your beloved.
Know The Value Of Metals
When you take an antique ring to a pawnbroker, they will offer you the scrap value of the ring, which is how much the raw materials are worth, minus their commission. Once you know how much precious metal and how many gemstones the ring has, you can then work out a rough value of an antique diamond engagement ring if it were to be sold for scrap, when you see it in a jewellery shop or antique dealers. When you have armed yourself with this knowledge, you are then in a much better position to haggle over the price of your preferred antique ring, and you may even be able to save yourself some money.
Make Sure You Shop Around
It is worth your while to make sure that you shop around and look at as many different jewellers and antique dealers as possible to ensure that you not only get the best deal possible but that you find the perfect engagement ring that they will adore when you ask them the question. Use the internet and search for local companies that you can consider visiting, also check out their online reputation and see what their previous customers have to say about them. Make yourself a shortlist of potential antique dealers and jewellers, and then visit them and see what they have to offer.
Haggling Over The Price
When you visit antique dealers or jewellers selling antique rings, you will not want to give too much information away before you start the buying process and negotiating the price. When you find an item that you are interested in, ask the dealer for as much information as they have available, and ask them to give you an idea of the weights of the precious materials used to make the piece. Ask them to confirm the buying price and then use your knowledge to gain the upper hand. Make a rough estimate of what you think the value of the ring would be if sold for scrap, and then add a bit extra on for the dealer and make your counteroffer.
With a bit of luck, you will be able to get the perfect engagement ring to assure that your beloved says yes when you propose.