Here's how a jeweller can con you out of money and quality on your engagement ring
If you're thinking about popping the question, here's what to look out for.
A couple of months ago, we found out that Irish couples are willing to spend a lot of money on an engagement ring, we're talking months of their wages on a tiny piece of jewellery.
Some were willing to share the responsibility in order to cut costs but ideally, what you want is something that is special, no matter what the price.
It's one thing paying a large lump sum for an engagement ring but it's another to be conned out of money and quality when buying it and engagement ring specialist, Anna Sheffield, told the Metro exactly what jewellers do in order to claim an extra few zeros from you and what to be wary of.
An independent gemological laboratory verifies clarity and weight and "if you are buying a ring with a modern diamond, it's best if the stone is certified which outlines the unique details of the cut and colour, making sure the quality of the diamond is easy to identify."
Deals? Sure, we love a good old deal, especially on something as expensive as an engagement ring. Wrong.
Sheffield warns that if the jeweller you're dealing with is willing to spare you a couple of hundred quid - or at best, a grand - it's a sign that you may have sacrificed "some level of quality that the salesperson didn't quite explain."
"I always suggest asking about the origin of the stones, where the jewellery is made etc. Many of our customers don’t know to ask, but some do, and they are all happy to learn about our commitment to using reclaimed melee, antique stones where possible, and recycled gold," explains Sheffield.
There you have it, folks. The big three to look out for if you're heading down to buy a special someone, a special ring.