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Tips for Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring

Guys, we all know how exciting and scary buying a diamond engagement ring can be. We, at Mark Michael Diamond Designs are here to make purchasing a diamond engagement ring fun by arming you with the tips and information you need. We’ve compiled a list of FAQ’s to help you in your journey.

Q. How much should I spend?
A. The short answer is: there is no hard and fast figure. You should feel comfortable with whatever amount you decide on, based on your unique situation, future goals, etc. The average price for an engagement ring in the U.S. is between $4,000 - $5,000.  An old (but still sometimes used) general rule of thumb is to spend anywhere between 1-3 full months’ salary.

Q. How do I know what her ring style is?
A. Couples usually pick out an engagement ring in a few different ways varying from no surprise to complete surprise:

  1. No Surprise: Your future fiancée has been thinking about her ring since she was very young. She may have a perfect setting envisioned or even picked out. If this is the case, the job of picking out a ring is pretty much done for you.
  2. Some Surprise: You and your future fiancée go out shopping together to understand her tastes and preferences. Once you know what she wants, you may surprise her by making the final selection out of the few designs she liked best.  
  3. Complete Surprise: Alternatively, some guys will want the proposal to be a complete surprise. If this is the case we suggest that you select the center diamond, which shows you’ve put thought and time into selecting the shape, size and brilliance of the diamond she will wear forever. Mark Michael Diamond Designs will then set the diamond into a classic solitaire ring for you to present to her. After knocking her socks off with a surprise proposal, she can choose to keep the solitaire setting or she can have fun choosing the perfect mounting for her new diamond.

Q. How do I buy a center diamond?
A. Whichever route you end up choosing, most guys have a big part in selecting and purchasing the center diamond for her engagement ring. We recommend you start by reading about the 4C’s and also visiting our diamond buying guide.

Mark Michael Diamond Designs offers a wide selection of diamonds in all shapes, sizes and budgets. We travel to Antwerp frequently to hand select the best stones at the best value. We’ll be happy to sit down with you to show you several diamonds side by side so you can select the most dazzling diamond for your love. Our quality and prices rival those online and our diamond knowledge and experience will help you choose the perfect diamond for her.

We're here to help! Get in touch with us about buying a loose diamond or diamond engagement ring and the friendly staff at Mark Michael will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you!

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