November 14, 2009

The Number One Mistake Guys Make Buying An Engagement Ring

Posted in bride, diamonds, engagement, gemologist, jeweler, jewelry, jewelry design, jewelry repair, rings, rose diamonds, wedding tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:32 pm by rosediamonds

DSC01525Pictured is LeAnn Rimes’ wedding set found in an old People Magazine.

The article states that her husband had designed the ring for her.  Can you guess what my problem might be with this?

Even with their seemingly unlimited budget, he made the number one tactical error on buying an engagement ring.  The second band does not fit with the engagement ring.  It will never “feel right” and will cause the rings to shift uncomfortably on the hand.  By the way, the engagement ring IS lovely; it’s then band that raises issues.

I see this everyday as the most important factor (long term comfort) that couples ignore while shopping for the perfect ring.  Later in life, it is common for a man to add a diamond “anniversary band” to the engagement ring or wedding band.  If you get an unusual shaped ring, you’re going to be faced with customized bands (pricier) or ill-fitting ones like this.  Take a moment to plan for the future beyond getting her to “say yes” and consider the versatility or lack thereof your engagement ring offers.



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  2. So, if you have proper knowledge and know-how of the jewelry item than no one can trick you easily. This technique is quite helpful and in this way you can buy different ornaments and gemstones at very reasonable price and discounted rates.

  3. Angela said,

    I honestly don’t think it looks that bad. If my wedding or eternity band didn’t sit flush with my ER, the only issue for me would probably be appearance (if I minded that much). As long as the metals for both rings are the same–for example, platinum–the rings shouldn’t wear each other down from rubbing. The gap might make the rings feel bulky since they take up some space, but I don’t think the set will ever not “feel right.” Just my 2 cents. 🙂

    • rosediamonds said,

      You’re right that it doesn’t look bad. As a jeweler, rings that flop around whether due to wrong size or wrong fit are the most common complaints I get from clients. I’m trying to help people think ahead towards future purchases and comfortable wear. The issue with rings that fit like the set pictured are not visible on top. The discomfort is on the bottom. Hope that helps clarify:)

  4. i tend to agree. being a jeweller in Australia for 15 years i have seen this problem many many times. most often people do not mind the “look” of the two rings like the ones in the picture, but it does come down to comfort, or the fact that they want to stop the wedding ring from spinning around the finger so much.

    i recently custom designed an engagement and wedding ring set for a client, who did not understand what i was saying until the actual rings were produced… needless to say she is now completely over the moon with the way the wedding ring not only fits up against the engagement ring, but with how it also compliments her diamonds in her engagement ring WITHOUT throwing the overall look off!

    it is a consideration that should be taken seriously, especially hen you are going to the trouble of having custom designed and handcrafted jewellery made for you.

    Sam Kritsotakis

  5. […] The top mistake men make when buying an engagement ring? Band wedding band fit. (via Rose Diamond’s Blog) (Also qualifies as top wedding band mistake?) […]

  6. I think this is the most unfit engagement ring in your hand you its look like not best.

    • rosediamonds said,

      I agree. Poor girl. This is what I try to discuss with prospective groom so they can avoid this:)

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