Proposing to your significant other is one of the biggest moments you’ll share together. It’s the first step toward saying “I Do” and a moment in time you’ll remember forever. Many spend weeks, if not months planning elaborate proposals to WOW their soon be fiancè. If you’re thinking about proposing, do you know what your significant other’s ring size is or what a quality diamond looks like?
We teamed up with Kaeleigh Testwuide from The Diamond Reserve to answer frequently asked questions regarding diamond engagement rings and working with a private jeweler. The Diamond Reserve is a one of a kind diamond shopping experience located in the heart of Cherry Creek North in Colorado. Kaeleigh will ensure you not only receive world-class customer experience and unbeatable prices, but she will also make certain that you’re able to create a custom engagement ring perfect for getting down on one knee.
Q: What are the benefits of working with a private jeweler vs. a retailer or designer when purchasing an engagement ring?
A: When shopping for an engagement ring, working with a private jeweler comes along with many benefits. The first one that I believe most of our clients truly love is privacy. You are not discussing your budget in public, or chatting across a jewelry case. You are sitting down one-on-one which allows you to ask all the questions, and all attention is set on you, the client. When working with a private jeweler you know who you are working with or chatting with every time you come in or call instead of being handed off to different salespeople each time. It is a personal relationship that is based on trust.
There are also big savings in working with a private jeweler because you are not paying the markup of the storefront, sales associates, marketing costs, or designer name. Once you have developed a relationship with a private jeweler, it becomes a lifelong relationship. At The Diamond Reserve, we love helping our clients with all their diamond needs including push presents, anniversary gifts, and big life milestones. It is pretty amazing, time and time again, to be involved in such exciting times of our clients’ lives.
Q: If you don’t know the ring style your partner wants, how do you decide on the design?
A: There are several ways to go about this and we always try to guide our clients in a direction that will turn out right for them and their partner. Many of our clients have hacked their partner’s Pinterest board and we can see all the rings they have posted. When reviewing this we take careful consideration to see what the person gravitates towards the most. Another great technique we suggest is asking a friend or relative to casually pop into a jewelry store when shopping with your significant other. The friend or relative can then relay the information back to you on which styles your significant other liked most.
At times we have clients who have no idea what to do. This is when we suggest that they choose the diamond and we solitaire set it. This gives them a ring to propose with, and then they can let their partner know they can come to visit us and design a setting. We will put the price of the solitaire towards the custom setting. Many times, the solitaire ring with a stunning diamond does the trick!
Q: If you're thinking about a holiday proposal when should you start shopping and getting the process started?
A: We love holiday proposals. It's such a magical time of year surrounded by family and friends. If you are thinking about a holiday proposal the earlier you start the better! We recommend starting in October, and no later than mid-November to beat the holiday rush. You want to give yourself time to make an educated and thoughtful purchase while allowing enough time for the ring to be made. The holidays are stressful enough, buying an engagement ring shouldn't be.
At The Diamond Reserve, we have the largest selection of GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certified diamonds in Colorado. If we don't have the diamond for you, we will curate a selection that works for you and your budget in a timely manner so your holiday proposal can happen without a hitch.