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Guide to Engagement Ring Shopping Online
While the movies might show couples picking out the perfect engagement ring at the jewelry counter, shopping for your ring online has become a very popular way to find the perfect accessory.
Below, you’ll learn more about what to look for when you shop online and how to choose a real diamond ring that suits your style perfectly!
How to Find a Legitimate Online Engagement Ring Store
Before you shop for the perfect ring, you want to make sure you're looking in the right place. When you're shopping online, it can be easy to get lost in fake websites and deals that seem (and are) too good to be true.
Fortunately, there are also many reputable online engagement ring stores. A few simple steps you can take to ensure that you’re dealing with a legitimate site when choosing the perfect ring include:
- Reading reviews from other customers. Look for reviews on third-party sites like Google or Yelp.
- Checking for contact information. There should be an easy way to reach customer service, either by phone or email.
- Seeing if the site is secure. You can often tell if a website is secure if the URL starts with https:// and there is a padlock icon next to it.
Compare Prices of Online Engagement Rings
Now that you know a few legitimate places to shop, you should compare the prices.
Just like anything else that you would buy online, there will be a wide range of prices when it comes to shopping for an engagement or wedding ring. With diamond rings, you can find options for a few hundred dollars and others that are well into the thousands.
To compare prices across sites, enter the details about the ring you’re looking for into a price comparison tool. This will give you an idea of which sites have the best prices and deals on wedding rings.
Keep in mind, factors such as size, cut, and other factors can influence the price of your engagement ring. You'll want to look at similar sizes, cuts, and materials across each site to get a true comparison.
Ensure You're Getting a Real Diamond Ring
Cubic zirconia and other synthetic materials are often used in fake wedding rings. These can look very convincing, so it's essential to do your research when shopping for an online engagement ring.
Looking for a reputable site is of course the first step, but you should also carefully read product descriptions or call the store to ensure the ring is made with a real diamond. If the price looks too low for a real diamond ring, it probably is, and reading the fine print can save you a big hassle.
You can also look for a certificate of authenticity from the GIA or AGS. These are two of the most respected diamond grading organizations in the world, and their certificates can give you peace of mind that your ring is made with a real diamond.
Understand the Timeline of Receiving the Ring
Timeline is a huge consideration for many couples—with a wedding to plan, engagement photos to take, and invitations to send, knowing the timeline for when your ring will arrive is crucial.
Keep in mind that in most cases, you will not receive the ring immediately. It may take days or sometimes weeks for the ring to be shipped from the store, so before you order, make sure the shipping estimates fit within your timeline (plus a little wiggle room).
Custom engagement rings will take longer than ready-to-wear rings, so if you plan to purchase a custom ring, plan on a few weeks at least before you receive the ring.
Overall, shopping for an engagement ring online can be a great option if you know how to do it safely and compare prices across sites.
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