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June 25, 2024 4 min read

Engagement ring shopping is an exciting milestone on the journey to marriage, but it can also be a daunting task with so many options and considerations to navigate. Before you dive into the world of diamonds and settings, it’s essential to educate yourself with knowledge to ensure that you make an informed decision that reflects your style, budget, and values. Join Soha Diamond Co. as we walk you through some key things to know before you embark on your engagement ring journey. 

Set a Budget

Before you start browsing rings, it’s crucial to establish a budget that works for you and your partner. Consider how much you’re comfortable spending and be realistic about what you can afford. Keep in mind that the cost of an engagement ring can vary widely, depending on factors such as the size and quality of the center stone, the metal of the band, and any additional features. At Soha Diamond Co., there is no minimum spend to work with us, and all of our engagement rings are made-to-order. This ensures that your engagement ring is tailored to you and your partner. In addition, we size your finger over a span of three visits in order to make sure that your ring fits like a glove. 

Learn the 4Cs 

Before your second appointment with us, familiarizing yourself with the 4Cs of diamonds can help ease your mind about picking a diamond for your engagement ring. Cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are four key factors that determine a diamond’s quality and value. Have no idea where to begin? Don’t worry! Our expert Gemologist will walk you through each and every one of the 4Cs. Not only will you learn about each 4 C in detail, but you will learn about mined diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, moissanite, and colored gemstones. Learning and understanding the 4Cs with our team will help you and your partner make informed decisions when comparing different diamonds or gemstones and choosing the one that best fits you. 

Consider Ring Styles 

Explore different ring styles and settings to determine what appeals to you most. Do you have photos of an engagement ring that you absolutely love? Show us, and we can recreate it! Or, if you have no idea what style you like, in our showroom, you can try on our prototypes to get a better idea. Take pictures and try on different styles in our laid back, pressure-free setting. You’ll also learn about the different metal types, such as white gold, platinum, rose gold, and yellow gold. You can even see, feel, and hold live variations of each metal type. 

Get The Ring Size

Even if you’re planning a surprise proposal, knowing your partner’s ring size is an important step. While you can always resize the ring later, which is covered under our Lifetime Service Plan, bringing your partner into our showroom to get the correct ring size is easier. Our Gemologist and designer will size your partner, and our sizing kit goes down to quarter sizes, which ensures the best fit possible. 

Explore Alternative Options 

While diamonds are the traditional choice for engagement rings, there are plenty of alternative options available, such as lab-grown colored gemstones. While we do offer mined diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, gemstones, and moissanite are seeing a rise in popularity. These alternatives offer unique aesthetics and are more budget-friendly than mined diamonds. However, if you choose a mined diamond or diamonds for your ring, we only source our mined diamonds from Canadian mines, which are conflict-free mines. 

Work With a Trusted Jeweler 

Working with a jeweler that you trust will ensure a positive experience and a high-quality ring. That’s why when you work with Soha Diamond Co., you and your partner can expect to receive one-on-one guidance from us. From picking out your center stone, to seeing and trying on a 3D printed wax model of your engagement ring, we ensure that your experience with us is unlike any other, because your relationship is unlike any other. From our Lifetime Service Plan to complementary inspections and cleanings, we want to make sure that your engagement ring lasts as long as your love.

Enjoy the Process

Above all, remember that engagement ring shopping is a special and meaningful experience. Enjoy the journey of finding the perfect ring to symbolize your love and commitment to each other. Take your time and savor this exciting experience in your relationship. 

By keeping these factors in mind, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on your engagement ring shopping journey with confidence and excitement. Whether you’re searching for a classic diamond solitaire or a unique alternative gemstone, the perfect ring is waiting to be designed by you with us at Soha Diamond Co. We can't wait to see what you will create! 

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