How to Shop Stress-Free for a Custom, One-of-a-Kind Engagement Ring

Taylor & Hart has all the tips to walk you through what is arguably one of the most important jewelry purchases of your life.

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Taylor & Hart

There’s nothing that quite compares to finding the one. You’re filled with excitement and joy as you're ready to commit to your significant other. But you might also be overwhelmed with nerves, confusion and fear around finding the ring of their dreams. The truth is, shopping for a ring shouldn’t be another stressor to add to the list. Instead, finding the diamonds that’ll truly wow them can be incredibly enjoyable when you’re working with the right jeweler. Taylor & Hart makes shopping for a ring stress-free, offering custom options that’ll make your already special ring even more meaningful. With showrooms in New York and London, and virtual consultations available from the comfort of your home no matter where you are, it connects you directly with the designers and artisans who will be crafting your ring. So here are Taylor & Hart’s top tips to pulling off the stress-free experience of shopping for a custom, one-of-a-kind engagement ring:

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Taylor & Hart


Do Your Homework: Nobody knows your partner better than you do. Start by looking at what style of jewelry and clothing your partner already wears to figure out the style. Next, take into account what will suit their skin tone and daily lifestyle. Taylor & Hart recommends 18 carat white, yellow or rose gold and platinum for rings designed to be worn every day as they’re durable metals. And finally, figure out their ring size. If you can’t take one of their rings out of the home, trace the inside of it and compare it against an online ring size guide. If they don’t wear much jewelry, you can always use a photo of their hand and ask your jeweler for advice. But if you do get the size wrong, don’t worry, you can always have it resized one size larger or one size smaller post-proposal.


Work Within Your Budget: Always spend what you’re comfortable with. As you go through the process, decide what your priorities with the engagement ring are and try to maximize these elements. Sticking to a budget won’t compromise the quality of your ring, but instead will force you to prioritize which elements of the ring are most important. While all of the four Cs are important, we suggest that clarity, cut and color suit your preferences first. Then build up the carat weight, based on your remaining budget.


Take Your Time: Finding an engagement ring isn't a race and you don't have to rush. While this is one of the most important purchases in your life, take the time to do your research on what your partner will like. Allow yourself a couple of months before you want to propose. Give yourself a realistic timeframe to ensure you have plenty of time to do your research, ask questions, finalize your design and make adjustments. But be sure to leave time for the ring to be crafted and engraved, ready to be delivered or collected. On average, designing and crafting a custom engagement ring will take around four weeks. COVID has the whole world stuck at home, but thankfully, virtual consultations are already available for many jewelers. You can choose a design consultant according to your own preferences and they will be happy to guide you through the journey — all from the comfort of your home.

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