Whether you’re actually shopping for an engagement ring (hint: non-traditional engagement rings are trending) or simply pinning for future reference, it’s worth learning a thing or two from those who have already been through it. After all, if and when the time comes, purchasing an engagement ring isn’t like ordering swimsuits online—you don’t buy them with the expectation of dealing with returns and exchanges. It’s kind of a one-shot thing, so with that in mind, we were curious as to what some of the biggest engagement ring–shopping don’ts are, so we reached out to the experts at Hearts on Fire (the company behind "The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond"), to share their expertise with us. Enter: Katelyn Cristoforetti, customer experience manager at Hearts On Fire, who literally helps people buy engagement rings every day, and she broke down the four biggest faux-pas she’s seen for us.
Scroll through to find out what she had to say!
"One of the most common mistakes when purchasing a diamond engagement ring is not knowing the finger size needed. Most people are not aware that diamond-intensive rings shouldn’t be sized very much. If sized too much, it could damage the integrity of the ring, and the possibility of losing accent diamonds is much higher. We recommend making the engagement ring in the correct finger size from the start. We even offer a ring-size kit if you need to check the size before ordering!" — Katelyn Cristoforetti
"A common mistake is not knowing the shape of the diamond or the style of ring your partner loves. My best suggestion would be to secretly ask her friends and family, and take a peek at her social media shares or even her Pinterest boards to get an idea of her style and what she would want in a ring. Between halo, solitaire, pavé, side-stone, and three-stone, there are a lot of options to choose from, so you want to make sure you have a good idea of her style first." — Katelyn Cristoforetti
"Another common mistake is waiting until the last minute to order the ring. Our engagement rings have a lead time of 2–4 weeks in the finger size of the consumer. If you have scheduled a proposal date, make sure you order the ring in time so that your plan is perfect." — Katelyn Cristoforetti
"Ask for help! Purchasing a diamond engagement ring is a big deal, and you should feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Whether you are working with a local jeweler or need some expert advice, don’t be hesitant to ask!" — Katelyn Cristoforetti
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