Things We Won't Recommend When Buying an Engagement Ring
The engagement ring is one of the most important rings you or your partner will ever wear (and your wedding band). It's the mark of the undying love that you and your soulmate promise to provide each other. The symbol of forever, an engagement ring is something you will wear every day. With over 40 years of expertise in crafting engagement rings, here are the 5 things we won't recommend to our customers when buying an engagement ring at La Mine d'Or.
1. Bands under 1.5mm.
Dainty, thin rings are definitely on trend right now. Thin band rings are lightweight, feminine, and can even help the center diamond look larger. Dainty bands are also preferable for someone who wants to stack – you won't have as much room to add more rings for special occasions like anniversaries if your engagement ring is too thick.
For our clients, we recommend engagement rings with a width of 1.5mm or more. Thinner bands can look trendy, but they will wear down and can break over time. They are also more prone to bending and losing their shape especially if you have a larger stone. Choose a stronger metal such like platinum for security to be safe. If you work with your hands or if you’re sometimes rough with your jewellery, we recommend a band of at least 2mm. It will be more durable for you.
What is the average engagement ring band width? - Our most popular engagement rings at La Mine d'Or Halifax and Moncton currently have bands that are about 2mm wide.
2. Nothing under 8 Mohs scale of hardness
HARDNESS is the main factor to consider when choosing a stone. The center stone has an effect on nearly everything, especially care and maintenance. And we find that, when looking for an alternative stone engagement ring, a lot of people don’t think about the long-term care that they will need to put into their ring.
An engagement ring is meant to be worn literally all the time. Which means that the gemstone on your finger is going to be put through a lot of wear and tear. You need a stone that is strong enough to take it. This means that softer stones like opals, emeralds, and quartz are more prone to chip, dry out, and fade easily over time.
Generally, for an engagement ring, you will want a stone that is at least an 8 and up on the Mohs scale of hardness. This includes stones that reside in the corundum and topaz family, and of course diamonds. Most semi-precious stones are a solid 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, and while that sounds fairly strong, it is in fact not strong enough for the abuse of the wear and tear of everyday use. Trust us.
3. Not seeing before buying
A diamond’s beauty is the result of its sparkle. It is impossible to judge exclusively from a grading report or from the screen of your phone. Without actually seeing the diamond perform, you won’t know if it’s a keeper or a dud. Therefore, where you buy your diamond is important.
Shopping at a brick-and-mortar jewellery store, you’ll be able to examine your stone easily. We will show you the diamond under magnification using a diamond loupe from different angles.
At La Mine d'Or, our experts can make sure you get the best diamond that fits your unique budget. Always speak to a diamond expert before buying a diamond ring.
Finding a perfectly eye-clean SI1 instead of the more expensive (and equally eye-clean) VVS1, or choosing a J colour stone for a yellow gold setting that will mask the colour difference from a much more expensive E or F colour. This is where expert advice can make all the difference. Good thing that La Mine d'Or associates are GIA certified and will be able to advise you in finding the perfect engagement ring.
4. Proposing without discussing it with your partner
They will be wearing the ring for the rest of their life. Discussing the ring with your partner or trying on some rings together ensures that they’ll get a ring that they will cherish for a lifetime. This will save you the time of research and allows you to reduce pressure in popping the big question.
More than 60 percent of couples shop for an engagement ring together. If you don't feel comfortable doing so, be sure to communicate those feelings to the love of your life. If you are not comfortable, explain that you think it's more romantic to be surprised. Then show the photos and ask the opinion of your family and friends.
Buying an engagement ring is a big investment, we want to assist you in finding the right one.
5. Buying without after service
Your shopping experience, the quality of the ring, and the AFTER SERVICES are the main considerations in choosing where to buy your engagement ring. Before buying a ring, look at the jeweller's guarantee and the services they can provide you such as cleaning, plating, plan, customization, etc.
At La Mine d'Or, you will be provided with La Mine d'Or Forever Guarantee with your engagement ring. This is our promise to provide you with reassurance and confidence that your ring will always be taken care of. Unparalleled quality and customer service are our commitments to you. Celebrate your life and love, we will take care of the rest.