Decide when you would like to propose and allow enough time to do both your research and have the ring completed. Often you will find the ultimate ring ready to go. Are you able to determine her size in case we have to custom make the engagement ring? Custom work can take from one day to four weeks depending on the designer and other factors.
HOW MUCH TO SPEND
The recommended guideline is two months salary; however, you should establish a budget that is realistic for you. It is best to take into account the size and quality of the diamond combined with the design of the mounting. The metal you choose: yellow gold, white gold, or platinum will affect your cost.
Whether you decide to surprise her or include her in the selection process, style is one of the most important factors in choosing a ring. What best reflects her taste in jewelry? Is she more classically traditional or does she prefer a contemporary design? Should it be simple or have more diamonds in the ring? Many couples pre-shop together to narrow the choices. Perhaps she has dropped subtle hints or been more direct and sent images of her ideal ring?
SIZE AND QUALITY
These factors will affect the price and impact of the ring. For the same money you may choose a smaller or larger diamond with varying grades of the Four Cs: carat weight, color, clarity, and cut. Most people feel the clarity does not affect beauty as long as the inclusions are not visible to the naked eye, while good color and cut make your diamond look brighter and sparkle more. We can show you options side by side to demonstrate such factors.
Buying a diamond engagement ring is one of the most important purchases you will make. When you are buying an engagement ring, it’s important to know and trust the company you’re buying from. E.B. Horn has a history and reputation for providing service, quality, and value in a family environment. You can take great comfort in the fact that we will be here for all your future needs and to service past purchases for years to come.
New Englanders have trusted family owned and operated E.B. Horn Co since 1839.