Shopping the Ring in Montreal
DIAMOND WEDDING BAND: BIJOUTERIE ITALIENNE
Written by: Let’s Get Married Editor
Updated on 02/04/23
1. START THE SEARCH EARLY
This is no time for snap decisions. It’s best to start shopping three months before the wedding, especially if your choices involve engraving or custom touches.
2. SET THE BUDGET, PREFERABLY TOGETHER
The old rule was to spend two-to-three months’ salary on a ring. It’s out dated, but couples should still seriously consider how much they reasonably can afford.
3. DO YOUR RESEARCH
If you’re taking the traditional route, consult with her friends and family about her preferences—ring style, size and what kind of metal and stone.
4. SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE
Purchasing diamonds or other precious stones is an investment and a complex affair. Get informed about the four “Cs” of diamonds—cut, clarity, carat, colour—and things like authentication and certification. Ask the jeweller about guarantees and return policies.
5. NARROW YOUR SEARCH
The array of choices in a jewellery store can be overwhelming. To stay on track, first determine if you want matching rings or not, and what style. Then decide whether they will be made of platinum or gold, simple or ornate. Finally, if diamonds are not your style, there are many gemstones you can substitute.