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You’ve found the one. Now it’s time to find the ring. Shopping for engagement rings is one of the most joyous rituals of a couple’s relationship. When it comes to picking out the perfect engagement ring, you don’t want to make the wrong decision, and there are plenty of factors to consider. 

At Strickland Jewelers, we pride ourselves on sourcing the diamonds and best engagement rings for couples in Dothan, AL. Whether you’re scouting out rings solo or shopping together, this extensive guide is key to finding the perfect engagement ring for your significant other. Here are six tips for shopping for the perfect engagement ring in Alabama:

1. Narrow down the shape

If you know what your significant other wants in terms of diamond shape, that helps focus the engagement ring hunt immensely. Every shape, or cut, is priced differently, and each has a different price per carat. Round cuts are the most expensive whereas pear or marquise are less so. 

If the size is important to you, you can get more carats at a better price when you choose an alternative shape to the classic round cut. Study up on the 4C’s here before you start your shopping journey!

2. Pick a metal that suits her lifestyle

This is important. Maybe your wife loves to garden or has a job where she works with her hands, is outside, or just enjoys being messy! You should make sure you pick a metal that can withstand to the kind of activity and lifestyle that she enjoys. Some metals scratch easier than others, so be sure to consider this, along with your budget before deciding. 

Traditionally, engagement rings and wedding bands are made from yellow gold, white gold, silver, or platinum – although in recent years, rose gold has emerged as a fresh, modern alternative. While platinum may look quite similar to silver, platinum is significantly more expensive as it has a greater density and is rarer. You’ll also want to consider which stones to set in the band as well.

3.Have a carat size in mind 

The age-old question of quality versus quantity also applies to engagement rings; some people prefer a larger stone to a whiter stone, while others would prefer the clearest diamond possible regardless of the carat count. Your significant other will most likely have an idea of what clarity, cut and carat they want, but not always. People say size isn’t important, but it’s usually the kicking point since color and clarity can always be tweaked to find something within your budget.

4. Get measured correctly

This may seem obvious, but make sure you both get your ring fingers properly measured. You don’t want a ring that’s cutting off your circulation or even worse, is so loose that it falls off. It should feel snug and comfortable. At Strickland Jewelers, we’ll make sure this is done before any major decisions are made. If you’re shopping separately, share this information with your significant other, or a friend if it’s a surprise!

5. Be sure to buy certified

Buying an engagement ring can be one of life’s more expensive purchases, so take your time to shop wisely. When you finally find the dream ring, make sure to buy a certified stone from an accredited laboratory such as the American Gem Society. We’re proud to call ourselves members of this prestigious, long-standing organization dedicated to consumer protection, proven ethics and gemological knowledge at Strickland Jewelers.

6.Check out financing options

Financing your engagement ring should be a top-priority. By financing your engagement ring at Strickland Jewelers, you can take advantage of special financing for up to 2 years with approved credit. Apply for our American Gem Society Credit Card to easily and conveniently pay your balance.  

Shop Engagement Rings at Strickland Jewelers | Serving Dothan and Enterprise, AL 

At Strickland Jewelers, we pride ourselves on providing the best quality engagement rings and fine jewelry for couples in the Wiregrass area. Our locations on Dothan and Enterprise are staffed with diamond experts to help you find the perfect fit for your next big life chapter. Find your engagement ring at Strickland Jewelers today! Contact us or stop by and browse our collection of rings, necklaces, earrings, and other fine jewelry today.