Old and happily married couples will often say that the secret to a long and happy marriage has been the fact that they have remained friends – and the fact that they always remembered their wedding anniversary! If you’ve got a relationship or wedding anniversary coming up, you might want to think about buying an anniversary ring. And why not? Diamonds still remain a gorgeous and popular option to remind your loved one just how much they mean to you.
#1: Remember Traditions!
For some Western cultures, anniversary gifts come with a special tradition: Each anniversary year has a special metal associated with it – for example, the 6th anniversary traditionally has iron as a gift, while silver is reserved for the 25th anniversary year and gold for the 50th. Wow, that’s a long time to be together! There are also many traditional birthday stones that might match up well with the ring you would like to buy your partner. Does your culture have any other special traditions that you might want to pay homage to when choosing a ring?
#2: Remember Ring Sizes!
Since it’s a surprise gift, you might not want to break the ice by asking your partner what the size of their ring finger is at the dinner table. But it is important to take note of their ring size if you don’t want to make a return trip to the jewelry store to have the piece altered for size. Your best bet is waiting for your partner to remove their ring and checking – quickly – or, wait until they’re asleep and grab some measuring tape.
#3: Choosing a Reputable Jeweler
Choose a reputable jeweler. The best way to do so is to check out previous customer reviews – were they happy with the service and product they received from the store? Many times it’s best to go to a brick-and-mortar store that allows you to view the piece and grading a diamond ring in person. This also avoids any uncomfortable issues with shipping that might lead to a delay in getting your ring in time for the anniversary or having the surprise package signed for by the person it’s for!
#4: Researching Incognito
Now, it’s vital to do your research on the type of ring you want to buy and who you want to buy it from. But it’s just as vital to keep this research incognito – you don’t want them discovering that you’ve been Googling diamond rings for the past month, do you? Your browser should have an incognito mode setting – and we strongly advise you to use it when you’re looking up anything that has to do with a surprise or a gift!
#5: Choosing the Right Ring
What exactly constitutes the “right” ring is going to be different from person to person. A ring liked by one person might be absolutely loathed by someone else. We can’t really give step-by-step advice for this one. That’s personal preference: Know your partner! What we can tell you about is that you want to choose a ring that’s authentic, high-quality and going to last – quality-wise and stylistically – for a lifetime. Don’t settle on the first piece you see, and don’t settle for the first store you visit. Always do your research before making a purchase!
Bonus Tip: #6: Insurance!
It’s a good idea – in fact, it’s a great idea – to insure a valuable piece of jewelry when you’ve purchased it. This ensures that you’ll be able to find a replacement should it ever be lost or stolen – something we hope nobody should have to deal with!
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