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How to Budget for An Engagement Ring

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So, you’ve made the big decision to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage. Good for you! Next comes the second big decision: buying an engagement ring. With so many types of engagement rings out there, this can seem like a daunting process. However, there’s hope. If you’re like most people, you’ll have to think about the cost of the ring, and that means setting a budget. Fortunately, it also means you’ll narrow down your options considerably once you figure out how much you can spend.

It might not be romantic, but setting an engagement ring budget makes a lot of sense. After all, you don’t want to end up in a difficult financial situation before you’ve even popped the question – save that for after your wedding day!

Start off by Reviewing Your Current Expenses

There are many rules of thumb about how much to spend on an engagement ring –  you’ve probably heard the “two months salary” clichés. These are just broad guidelines, but they point to a simple truth: buy a ring that matches your financial reality.

Be smart about setting a budget. Don’t just figure out how much you make in a month and start shopping. Take into account your debts, your expenses, bills, mortgage payments, taxes and everything else your money is going to.

Take the time to subtract your monthly expenses from your income, and consider any existing long-term debts. If you have savings, great – just make sure they aren’t needed for something else. Bottom line: if you don’t think you can afford a ring that will suit you right now, then wait. Plan for it in the future and start saving towards your goal.

Coming up with a budget in this way won’t just help you buy an engagement ring. It will also make financial planning easier in every aspect of your life. Remember, the engagement ring is only part of the first step. Once you propose, you’ll need to focus on paying for your wedding and honeymoon, so it makes sense to get your finances in order now.

How to Get Good Value in an Engagement Ring

Now that you’ve set your budget, it’s time to shop for a ring. Since you’re operating within a limited framework, you’ll want to focus on getting the best value for your dollar. Here are some tips to help you achieve that goal.

Prioritize Cut

You’ve heard of the 4 Cs – cut, color, clarity and carat weight. For maximum value, focus on the cut (not to be confused with the shape) of the diamond. If you get a ring with an excellent cut, it will reflect light in just the right way to give it that classic sparkle. On the other hand, if the cut is sub-par the diamond will look dull. Prioritizing the cut will ensure your ring provides the most impact for your money.

Be Smart with Carat Weight

Carat weight affects the size of the diamond, and can really make the price go up fast. Save some money by buying a diamond that is slightly shy of a full carat in size. For example, a 0.9-carat diamond will cost less than a 1-carat diamond, but the difference in size will be negligible.

Consider Shopping Online

You can save quite a lot of money by shopping for an engagement ring online. Online jewelers don’t have to spend money on expensive showrooms and storefronts, so they can sell diamonds for less. Plus, shopping online makes it really easy to compare prices and quality between jewelers.

In the end, buying an engagement ring isn’t that complicated if you set a budget. Follow these tips, and you’ll have more time – and money – to spend planning your wedding day!

10 Tips for a Flawless Holiday Proposal

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it all the festive cheer – and food – we love to partake in every year. With all the eating, drinking, and merrymaking, it’s no surprise that the most popular time to pop the question is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. It’s a time of year when spirits are high, vacations are planned, and families have gathered to celebrate.

If you’re planning a holiday proposal, you’ve got to make sure that you pull it off flawlessly. Despite it being a great time to do it, you need to properly navigate all the potential pitfalls this season can present. Here are 10 of our favorite, season-specific tips that will help you make your holiday proposal a memorable one for all.

  • Be prepared.

Chances are you’re going to be nervous – most people are. There’s no shame in writing down what you want to say and rehearsing it a few times before the big moment. Go ahead and do it in front of a mirror. It might sound like a strange thing to do, but you will be glad you did it when the moment of truth arrives.

  • Think about her family.

We don’t mean automatically include her family in the event. Just consider the family situation. If your soon-to-be fiancé has a close-knit family that loves you, you might want to include them. If you’d like the proposal to be just you two, then go for it!

  • Consider doing it at home.

Instead of proposing in a crowded restaurant, consider hiring a chef for a romantic, home-cooked meal. Do you have the skills? Prepare a delicious dinner for her – but don’t get lost in making it too elaborate.

  • If you’re traveling, be covert…

If you’re taking a plane, pack the ring in your carry-on luggage (rather than keeping it in your pocket) to prevent airport security from spoiling the surprise!

  • …And do it sooner than later.

If you’re planning a destination proposal, pop the question on the first day so you can relax for the rest of the trip. There’s nothing worse than nerves putting a damper on your fun.

  • Seduce her senses.

Make your proposal unforgettable by incorporating all five senses. The scent of fresh pine, a mug of hot cocoa, a roaring fire, a cozy blanket, and seasonal songs playing in the background will make for a memorable setting.

  • Secure the ring.

This tip might not be romantic, but be sure that the ring is secure inside the box before putting it in your pocket so it doesn’t pop out. Proposing without the box? Safety pin it to the inside of your pants pocket for extra security.

  • Insure the ring.

As a follow up to the above, insure the ring before you propose. Again, this isn’t romantic, but accidents happen. Be prepared for them!

  • Choose the right day.

Avoid proposing on or right before someone else’s big day or any other special day. This includes birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. This is an important thing to remember since you’re choosing the holiday season to propose.

  • Be creative, but clear.

Writing a poem or composing a song for your proposal is great, but make sure finish with the precise words: “Will you marry me?” It will prompt your sweetie to give you the answer you’re waiting to hear!

How to Find an Engagement Ring that Suits your Hand

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If you’re shopping for the perfect engagement ring, you’ve most likely encountered an overwhelming amount of styles and options. That being said, there is a way to narrow down your search beyond the standard considerations like the 4Cs (carat, cut, clarity and colour). You need to find an engagement ring that will suit the hand it’s going to be placed on.

Think of it like buying a piece of clothing. You will consider what the clothes look like themselves, but the real test will be how they look on you. It’s the same with engagement rings. In this case, it’s all about finding a ring that will complement the structure of your hand and fingers.

Engagement Rings and Finger Types

There are many guides out there about matching ring styles to your hand, and they all essentially come down to these criteria: finger length and width.

Before we get into our specific guide, it’s important to remember a general rule: choose a ring that matches your personality and style. There are technical considerations that come with different finger types, but don’t let that be the deciding factor. This guide is meant to complement and further narrow down your choices once you’ve got an idea of what type of ring you’d like – and remember, all rings can be re-sized and customized for your particular needs.

So let’s take a look at how an engagement ring will interact with your finger.The first measurement you should look at when considering a ring is finger length.

Long Fingers

If you’re dealing with long and relatively thin fingers, you’ve got many engagement ring options that will look great on them. Here are a few points to consider that will complement long fingers of a slender nature.

  • Wider bands will balance the length of the finger
  • Princess cut and round diamonds generally complement long fingers nicely
  • Long fingers can get away with bolder styles overall

This engagement ring is a particularly strong and dynamic choice for people with long, slender fingers.

Short Fingers

In this case, you typically want to choose an engagement ring that will serve to elongate the appearance of the finger, regardless of how wide they are. Note that when dealing with short fingers, you need to be careful not to choose a ring that will overpower the finger.

  • Narrower bands will create the illusion of length
  • Pear, oval and marquise diamonds will complement shorter fingers
  • Rectangular shaped stones can also serve to elongate the appearance of the finger

This white gold ring is the perfect example of flattering ring for short fingers.

Finger width is another criterion that should be looked at, but generally speaking there are more specific things you need to consider when dealing with thick or wide fingers.

Wide Fingers

Think of wide fingers as a bigger canvas for showing off the engagement ring. That means that you want to use it – don’t go for a small ring that shows too much skin on either side of it. Consider the following points:

  • Thicker bands will help balance out the finger’s width
  • Wide oval, marquise or rectangular shaped diamonds will complement this type of finger
  • Bold and asymmetrical designs can be put to good use in this case

A split-shank band such as this piececan also help to elongate the finger

Very Slender Fingers

No matter then length, it’s important to keep in mind that if the fingers are very slender, you don’t want to overpower them – even though longer fingers can carry a bit more boldness on them. That’s the only rule you need to think about in this case.

Big Knuckles

If you’ve been blessed with big knuckles, you might want to take attention away from them and make sure people are focusing on the ring. Wide bands and ornate centres are a great way to achieve this.

This round-cut diamond engagement ring with a double-cushion halo creates the perfect eye-catching focal point.

These simple guidelines will help refine your search for the perfect engagement ring without compromising your personal style. Browse Randor’s wide range of styles and designs with this in mind, and be sure to reach out if you have any questions.

Find that Special Holiday Gift for Him or Her

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The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to relax and spend time with close friends and family. Good company is central to this time of the year, as well as food, tradition and gift giving. No matter the holiday you choose to celebrate, receiving a gift from a significant other in your life goes beyond a formality. It’s a way to show that you’ve been thinking of them, that you’ve put some thought and some time into them – beyond what you do every day. If you are pondering what to get your significant other, consider some of our fine jewelry pieces from Randor!

A Designer Diamond Pendant –

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There are plenty of ways to show your deep admiration for somebody but three circles of round cut diamonds with a diamond bale displays a whole other level of appreciation. This piece that comes in a bright 18kt White Gold that is sure to impress your significant other and complement their holiday attire.

Designer Rings –

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This ring is encrusted with black pavé diamonds giving it a very elegant and classic look. The beautifully cut band is made from a 14kt White Gold, featuring a design on the inner band that offers a contrast to the diamonds. With its unisex design, it’s the perfect gift-giving option. You could even get yourself one too, to match your significant other!

Diamond Tennis Bracelet—

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This diamond bracelet is a simple yet gorgeous way to remind your significant other that they mean the world to you. Featuring bezel-set brilliant round cut diamonds, it’s a versatile choice because it allows you to choose your metal-type and your Kt. Gift this bracelet in a White or Yellow Gold in 14 or 18Kt. This is guaranteed to surprise them!

If you’re in the area, come into Randor Jewelry to see a wider selection of diamond pendants, rings, bracelets and earrings and to speak to one of our jewelry experts. We will help you find the perfect piece to surprise your loved one this upcoming holiday season!

Planning the Perfect Proposal

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The time has come for you to ask your partner to tie the knot and you think to yourself how am I going to do this? The truth is, planning the perfect proposal can be a lot of pressure. There are decisions to make, a meld of choices and it can be really simple and personal or more lavish and public. Here are some considerations to help you work out the fine details for the perfect proposal.

Finding the right engagement ring

This is the first step. Have you and your fiancée-to-be spoken about ring designs? Do you have any indications of what they like or do not like from friends or family? Take the time to make a detailed account of their preferences and browse our selections of rings to find fitting choices or think about designing a custom ring!

Timing

Does your partner love the wintertime? Have they fancied being proposed to on a white Christmas or would a cottage in the summertime be more their speed? Picking a comfortable time to propose to your loved one adds an even sweeter note to an already sweet gesture.

Timing factors include:

  • Their favourite season(s)
  • The location
  • How busy they are
  • Their schedule and plans

Make sure to pick a time that considers all of these factors so your partner feel like they were truly thought of in the proposal.

 Alone or together

Another thing to consider is who to involve in your proposal. Do you involve family or friends? Or do you just keep it the two of you? This is something that you, the one proposing of course, have to feel out. It could be really fun to involve friends and family (at a holiday dinner as an example) but many people prefer to keep things close and intimate, too. Think about your fiancée and what they would enjoy the most and choose wisely!

Defining Features

 Some defining features to make your proposal stand out beyond the gorgeous engagement ring, timing and location include:

Hiring a photographer – Capture that moment of surprise in a beautiful photo, a keepsake to put in the home you plan to build together. This could be an amazing addition to wedding photos you’ll take in the future.

Integrating music – If there’s a particular song that signifies your relationship, why not make an added romantic and include it in your proposal?

Creating a personal motif – Find a symbol that points back to a pivotal moment in your relationship – a joke, a moment, your first date etc. This will make your gesture even more personal and remind them again why the two of you are meant to be together.

Need some help finding the perfect engagement or would like to start the process of looking at wedding rings? Randor has an incredible selection of jewelry for the occasion. For any questions or inquiries check out our education centre or get in touch with us today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engagement Ring Aftercare

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Aftercare is a very important aspect of owning precious jewellery pieces like engagement rings. Whatever the value of your ring is, it is always important to maintain, insure and take care of it. After all, it could become a family heirloom (if it isn’t already).

How you treat your ring will be apparent to anyone who looks at it. Here is how to ensure your ring stays in optimal shape for years to come.

Store your jewellery in a cool, clean and dry place in a fabric-lined case.

Cupboards, drawers and jewellery boxes with dividers are out of direct sunlight are key to ensure that your ring isn’t exposed to humidity. The fabric-lined case ensures that your ring is separate from other jewellery pieces and is not prone to scratches.

Handle your jewellery with clean hands

This sounds like a no brainer, but even if your hands feel clean, any oils, food debris, sticky residues and the like can affect your ring. Don’t take a chance and always wash your hands.

Consult with your jeweller before using ultrasonic cleaners

Small home-cleaning machines are available to opt out of professional ring cleaning. While this is convenient, they can sometimes they can damage your jewellery. Always consult your jeweller about any new ideas on how to care for your ring. If they recommend that you have your ring professionally cleaned, you should clean your ring once or twice a year.

Clean your diamonds regularly

You can clean the diamond with a recommended solution or mild detergent at home like a mix of ammonia or water. Lotions, soaps and perfumes can affect the appearance of the diamond over time so if you wear your ring frequently, be aware that it will need a good cleaning regularly.

Do not wear it while cleaning your home

Think about it, chemicals from household products vs. your beautiful, precious ring. Exposure to chemicals like chlorine for instance can corrode the gold.

Do not wear it during rough work

Rings can easily be chipped, scratched or damaged. Cleaning out your garage? It’s best to take your ring off to lower the chances of scuffing your ring!

Ring Insurance

If you’re a new ring owner, you should highly consider insuring your ring in the case is your ring becomes lost, damaged or if it is stolen. Ring insurance can be added to your home or personal property insurance to partially cover or fully cover your ring, depending on your plan. The only way ring insurance can come into full effect is if you have the ring appraised by a certified professional (which must be done every 5 years) and if you have the original receipts.

Following these steps will ensure that your ring stays safe, protected and clean at all times so you can enjoy it for the years to come. If you want to learn more about ring maintenance get in touch with us for any questions you may have.

 

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