*This diamond ring shopping post has been sponsored by Diamond Hedge. As usual, all opinions and thoughts are totally my own.
Alright ladies, admit it…you’ve been dreaming about what your engagement ring would look like ever since you found out that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and that at least one is yours to be had from your very own Prince Charming. Or at least since you got onto Pinterest.
Either way, we all love a little (or a lot) of bling in our life, especially when it’s on our left ring finger and from the future hubs. If you’ve been following this blog for any time at all now (or at least 20 days), you know that I’m now an engaged woman, and I’m stilllllll on cloud 9. (Yup, still. #noshame).
DIAMOND RING SHOPPING TIPS
A little known fact? I picked out my own engagement ring.
Now this can be a touchy subject. Some girls want their guy to do all the hunting and pick out something that he feels best represents her and their relationship. Others want a say and some influence, but have the actual ring be a surprise. And then some are totally fine pretty much knowing how things will play out before they do (like me). Why? Because I’ll be wearing it everyday 24/7 until the day I die, and then it’s coming to the grave with me that’s why.
J and I started by doing some casual ring browsing when we’d hit up shopping malls and outlets together. “Just for fun,” we’d say. I have really skinny, long fingers, so I knew that looking ahead of time would be good to know what looks good on my hand; I didn’t want to overwhelm my hand with an odd shape or size that didn’t flatter my fingers and hand. This was clutch.
When we went diamond ring shopping and found “the one,” I put the sample on in the store and instantly knew – we both did. But, J didn’t stop there. He did his research to learn allllllll about diamonds, because he wanted to handpick the center stone. Note: When I say “research,” I mean hours and hours and HOURS of checking out diamond websites, watching videos, and reading reviews to figure out exactly what the heck reviews. What’s the difference between an F color rating and a G? Do Princesses actually wear Princess cut diamonds? And what the heck does VVS2 mean???
While he had to do all of his research manually (and did a mighty fine job, might I add), there’s now a website to help.
Enter, Diamond Hedge.
Diamond Hedge is the first tablet and mobile-friendly diamond comparison website that makes it easy for you to figure out exactly what you want – and from where at what price whilst diamond ring shopping.
So, for kicks and giggles, let’s begin.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, you’re on the hunt for THE DIAMOND. Maybe you’re a boyf preparing to pop the question, or maybe you’re a girl getting ready to celebrate TREAT YO’SELF TUESDAY or Galentine’s Day to the max. Either way, Diamond Hedge starts with a sentence explaining 10 different diamond shapes and each of the notorious “4 C’s.”
Let’s say I want a Cushion shaped ring that weighs about 1 carat and costs less than $3,000. I’m not sure what everything else means yet, so I just leave the criteria at that and hit “search.”
873 diamonds are generated from Diamond Hedge’s database that fit the limited criteria that I initially put in – a LOT to sift through! So now, pretend I’ve done my research and I know I want Color to be “H” or better, at least “Very Good” cut, and a clarity that’s at minimum VS2.
I’ve narrowed it down more reasonably, and 13 diamonds are a match. From here, I’ll hover over “View” on a potential fit and click on the offering to see the diamond on the retailer’s website.
AND VOILA! Your diamond ring shopping is done! There’s diamonds falling from the sky practically. Or not so practically, but you get my drift. Whether you’re clueless about bling and need a starting block, have begun preliminary research but want a stepping stone for more, or know exactly what you want and now need options, Diamond Hedge is your go-to.
A few fancy facts to get you started…
Save money by avoiding whole numbers.
Prices jump the second you hit a whole number. If you want a 2 carat rock, look at anything in the 1.8-1.9 range to get something nearly there while saving at least hundreds of dollars (if not more).
Cut over Carat.
Alright ladies, hear me out. Everyone wants the biggest rock out there for major bling impact. But here’s the thing: what actually makes a diamond sparkle and shine is its cut – not how big it is! The more purely cut your rock is, the more brilliance it has, making it catch the light and wow everyone in the room.
Diamonds are forever.
You’re getting married once, and you’re wearing the same gem on your hand until you croak. Make sure to compare (or have your future-fiancé compare) options across retailers to ensure that the diamond you’re getting is perfect for you!
What’s your diamond shape of choice? Are you hoping for a diamond this February 14th? Ready to go diamond ring shopping? #MakeItRain
Play around on Diamond Hedge and leave a comment below with your favorite find! Or tweet it at me with the hashtag #DiamondHedge. And if you think your boyfriend is soon popping the question and you want to live up to the gifting standard, let my fiancé help you out.
May your days be full of diamonds, or Chubby Hubby Ben & Jerry’s, because that’s almost the same thing.