Buying an engagement ring online can come with its challenges. Here, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery offers his top tips that will help you to pick out the perfect piece from a jeweller’s website.
Whether most non-essential shops are still closed in your area, or you simply prefer the convenience of shopping from your laptop or phone, you might be planning to buy an engagement ring for your partner online. Of course, the idea of proposing to your beloved can be nerve-wracking — you’ll want to get everything just right, from the spot where you plan to pop the question, to what you say in the moment. And you’ll definitely want to surprise them with a ring that’s perfect.
There are some specific challenges that come with shopping for an engagement ring online, though. So, I’m going to offer my top tips that will help you to make the right choice for your loved one.
Find a way to work out their ring size
You won’t want to propose to your partner, only for them to be unable to wear their ring for a while because it needs to be resized. So, you’ll want to get the sizing just right first time. This means you’ll have to work out what size ring they typically wear, but in a way that won’t arouse any suspicion.
If they already wear jewellery on their ring finger, the easiest way to do this is to borrow it, and use a printable ring size guide to work out which size you need to ask for. If they don’t tend to wear a ring on this finger, you might have to get a bit more creative. For example, could you tell your partner that you’re planning to buy yourself some jewellery? You could then measure your own fingers and (just out of curiosity, of course), measure theirs too.
Only shop with a reputable jeweller
You’ll want to know that any ring you buy is going to be of the highest possible quality, so it’s vital that you shop with a jeweller you know you can trust. One of the best ways to find a great online jewellery shop is through word of mouth, so ask around your nearest and dearest to see if they’ve had any good experiences with a particular company. Just make sure you only ask people who can be trusted to keep a secret, as you won’t want word of your planned proposal to get back to your partner.
If your friends and family don’t have any ideas, or you simply want to do some more of your own research, it’s also vital that you look at online reviews. Don’t just trust the reviews you see on jewellers’ websites, either, as some of them could be fake. Use independent review sites and social media to get the whole picture. If you find that a particular jeweller has received a lot of tweets about their slow deliveries, or products not being as described, it’s best to give them a miss.
Ask what postage protection is offered
Chances are, if you’re buying your partner’s engagement ring online, it will be sent to you in the post. And most of us will have had a terrible experience of making an online purchase, only for it to be lost by the courier or postal service. This is always an inconvenience, but it’s sure to be especially devastating when you’ve put a lot of time and money into finding the perfect piece of jewellery for the occasion.
So, when you’re buying your engagement ring, always ask the jeweller what kind of protection they offer if it gets lost in the post. If you aren’t satisfied with the answer, shop elsewhere — it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Put your mind at ease by checking their returns policy
If you have even the slightest of doubts about whether your partner will adore the ring you’ve picked out, checking the jeweller has a reasonable returns policy will help to put your mind at ease. Of course, your significant other will hopefully love the ring you pick out for them, but you’ll want them to be completely happy with the design. And, if they’re quite particular about what they wear, or they already have some jewellery they’ll want to complement with their new piece, it might be a bit harder to find just the thing. As long as you go with a jeweller who is happy to process returns or exchanges with minimal fuss, you have nothing to worry about.
Shopping online for an engagement ring isn’t always easy. But, as long as you buy from a reputable jeweller, you make sure your purchase is protected, and you find a way to get the sizing right, you’ll be just fine.