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Engagement Season is Here, Pop that Question in Style!

Rayna LonzanoLast updated September 30, 2023, 2:48 PM
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Cooler temperatures are finally settling in, along with an abundance of "pumpkin" flavored well, everything - Which can only mean one thing: fall is upon us! In the world of jewelry, this also signals the beginning of "Engagement Season" - yes, that is actually a thing & I did not just make it up as a marketing ploy.

What makes Fall the season for engagement rings? Research shows that the upcoming holidays & their reflection on the celebration of those dear to us, also fuels the desire to put down roots & maybe move an already blooming relationship even further. According to WeddingWire.com, more engagements occur in December than any other month of the year. If you find yourself among those feeling that this is the perfect time to make plans for your special someone, we are here to help you navigate the sea of engagement rings & come out thrilled on the other side.

The first thing to determine is the budget you would like to spend on the ring. On average, most couples spend between $5,000-$6,000 on an engagement ring. But in the end, simply go with the budget that is most comfortable & realistic for you. Whether this number is $2,000 or $20,000, there are ways to create a beautiful, quality piece in any budget.

Along with the budget, the style of the ring must be determined. Would you like to include a diamond or gemstone as the center stone? Would you like no central stone at all? What metal would you prefer? Many couples enjoy going through this part of the process together, but whether shopping together or as a surprise, it is helpful to have a sense of the look your special someone is after. Sometimes browsing at designs online can help, but often seeing them in person makes a big impact as well. However you have narrowed it down, we can then take the characteristics you enjoy & see how they can be incorporated to fit within your budget.

Kari and Patt - MSD couple
Kari and Pat, another Happy Market Street Diamonds couple on their wedding day (October 20th , 2018). Photo Courtesy: Brett Denfeld Photography
Kari and Patt - MSD couple
Kari and Pat, another Happy Market Street Diamonds couple on their wedding day (October 20th , 2018). Photo Courtesy: Brett Denfeld Photography

Next, learn a bit about what you are purchasing. For many people, this is one of the biggest investments in their lives thus far, so it is certainly important to know about the 4 C's of diamonds (Cut, Color, Clarity & Carat) or the differences a type of metal can make. Doing a bit of homework before you shop helps, but having a knowledgeable associate at a shop you trust makes a world of difference. Someone who can show you examples of various setting styles & explain their differences; someone who can show you an H color diamond versus an F color diamond (F is in the colorless range, while H is 2 steps down in the near colorless range) & explain how each might effect the overall budget of the ring. Having an expert on your side to answer your questions & concerns can provide a bit of calm in what can often be a nerve-racking experience.

Anthony and Sasha - MSD couple
Anthony popped his question to this lovely lady, Eboni in Paris with his own unique custom engagement ring from Market Street Diamonds. She said, 'Yes' (October 2018). Photo Courtesy: Sasha Lannier Photography
Anthony and Sasha - MSD couple
Anthony created a custom diamond engagement ring with a beautiful oval-shaped diamond set on a diamond accented band in 14k yellow gold.. Photo Courtesy: Sasha Lannier Photography

Lastly, once all of the factors have come together into one beautiful piece of jewelry, take the necessary precautions to protect your investment by having it insured. You can often do this by adding the piece to an existing insurance plan (such as when you have other types of insurance through USAA or another company) or by setting up coverage through a company such as Jewelers Mutual (they exclusively insure jewelry). Jewelry insurance is not only meant to cover replacement should the ring be stolen or lost, but will also cover certain repairs on the ring as well. The same way you insure your car to protect it from the unknown is how your ring should be protected.

Ready to start your engagement journey? Or just want to learn more? Stop by the store, chat with an associate, & take a peek at all of the incredible examples to get you started. Feel free to bring your pumpkin spice latte.

An engagement ring before sotne setting
An engagement ring ready for the center stone setting.
Anthony and Sasha - MSD couple
A Dino Lonzano diamond three-stone ring on the day she said 'yes.'
Rayna Lonzano

Rayna Lonzano , has been a passionate jewelry consultant for 17 years. She has helped over 1500 couples to bring their dream bridal jewelry to reality. She has an accounting degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from AVT Business School Denmark.