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The Things Nobody Tells You About Engagement Ring Shopping

While your love cannot be defined by a material object, engagement rings and wedding rings sets symbolize your commitment and eternal love. Shopping for the perfect ring requires much thought and consideration, and often takes more than one trip to the jewelry store. To speed up the process, and reduce your level of stress – turn to the tips below.

Determine Your Budget

An excellent place to start is by determining your budget. Your wedding ring is an investment, in both finances and your partnership. Engagement rings are available for all budgets, but the average ring costs 2 to 3 months’ salary. Financing is available in most jewelry stores, but you may want to save up – or set aside your next bonus check to ensure you have a nice down payment.

Determine Her Ring Size

Determining her ring size is a bit trickier than you might think. Pay attention to the rings she wears on a daily basis, and to which one she wears on her left hand ring finger. Try to sneak one of her rings away for a few hours while you head to jewelry store to determine sizing.

Ask for Help Determining Her Style

While you are sneaking a peak in her jewelry box, snap a few pics so that you can get a better idea of her style – but remember that diamond engagement rings are often more formal than everyday rings. Your best bet is to reach out to a friend or family member who knows how to keep your impending proposal a secret. If you are lucky, she has already discussed her ring dreams with one of her friends.

Learn the Basics of Diamond Shopping

Expect to be overwhelmed by your options, but ease your stress by learning a few basics before you head to the jewelry store. For starters, learn a bit more about the 4 C’s:
• Cut – what shape diamond does she want, and how many diamonds total?
• Color – white diamonds aren’t the only option, in fact diamonds come in every color of the rainbow
• Carat Weight – carat weight is directly related to the size of the primary diamond, if you have multiple diamonds you will have an overall carat weight and an individual carat weight
• Clarity – clarity refers to how “perfect” the gemstone is under magnification. Even if the inclusions aren’t visible, she may prefer a rare beauty.

While this may seem self-explanatory, the varying options in each of the 4 C’s will drastically affect the cost of the ring.

Consider Other Gemstones

While diamonds are available in all colors of the rainbow, a diamond engagement ring is not your only option. Consider rubies, emeralds, and sapphires– either as complementary gems or as the centerpiece. Depending on your bride’s sense of style, you could forgo diamonds altogether.

She Will Need a Wedding Band Too

While the engagement ring is your top priority, you will also have to select a wedding band. Some rings are sold in sets, some can be mixed and matched – and all options can be fully customized. Weigh the pros and cons of a plain wedding band so that you can invest more in the engagement ring, but also consider the stylistic benefits of a complementary design.

Know Your Precious Metals

While the diamond, design and setting is certainly top of mind – don’t forget to consider the precious metal the band and setting is made from. The most popular choices are:
• Gold
• White Gold
• Rose Gold
• Platinum

Don’t Forget You

Many couples opt to have a common theme in their rings, at the very least having the same precious metal. That being said, since many men wear little to no jewelry, there is often a bit of flexibility when it comes to selecting the wedding band you will wear. Also determine how much you want to spend on your wedding ring.

Think Ahead

While your current focus is on getting an initial “yes,” also think ahead a bit to whether or not you plan to give the gift of jewelry for anniversaries. A popular trend is to invest in additional bands to celebrate milestone anniversaries. While you certainly wait to select those upgrades, consider if the current ring is easily complimented.

Select a Trusted Jeweler

There is a reason that Kranich’s Jewelers has been in business since 1903 – it’s because we are a trusted Pennsylvania jeweler. While it might be tempting to go with a less-known or even an online-only jeweler, you want to protect your financial investment by selecting a jeweler who you can trust to be honest about cost, quality, service and ongoing needs.

Take Your Time

Shopping may not be your favorite pastime, but don’t feel obligation or pressure to find the perfect ring on the first try. If you are lucky, a ring will capture your attention and simply feel right from the second you lay eyes on it – but you may need some time to think it over. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get it right before you plan your proposal.

Understand Your Jewelers Return & Exchange Policy

Just in case you don’t get it right, you need to know that you can return or exchange the ring you purchase. At Kranich’s, we want both you and your bride-to-be to be happy, which is why we offer a 30-day return policy on all of our in-stock jewelry – restrictions apply for special and custom orders.

Family owned and trusted since 1903, Kranich’s Jewelers is home to the largest selection of diamonds and fine jewelry in the region. Whether you’re shopping online or in-store at one of four locations, you can expect great value and honest service when you’re shopping our selection of engagement rings. Shop our selection today, and discover why so many of our customers become customers for life after working with Kranich’s Jewelers.

Engagement Ring Shopping 101: Simple Solutions to Finding the Perfect Ring for Your Special Someone

Congratulations! You have met that special someone you want to commit to and partner with for the rest of your life.

So now only one obstacle remains between you and your happy ever after – asking for their hand in marriage. While planning the perfect proposal may sound like the most challenging part, engagement ring shopping often comes with at least a few unexpected surprises. Don’t let a few hiccups and inconveniences come between you and your fairy tale ending. Here are some tips that will help you along with engagement ring shopping.

The 4 C’s of Diamonds

Even unique engagement rings have at least four things in common: the 4 C’s. While you have likely heard of at least one or two, it is best to have a basic understanding of what you are looking for in terms of:

  • Cut:

If this is your first time shopping for jewelry, then you may be unaware of the different shapes and proportions. The most common cuts include round, oval, emerald, radiant, princess, pear, brilliant and marquise. While some of these cuts are self-explanatory, they vary greatly in overall proportion.

  • Color:

White diamonds are the top pick in both antique and contemporary diamonds, but a growing number of brides desire a unique color. However, even white diamonds range from clear to yellow. Diamonds come in every color of the rainbow, and selecting a colored gemstone can make even a standard setting standout.

  • Carat Weight:

Carat weight refers to the weight of the diamond, and therefore the size of the diamond. If the ring has multiple diamonds, you will have both a combined carat weight and individual carat weight for the center diamond.

  • Clarity:

While ring shopping, you may find that even rings with the same carat weight can vary greatly in price – which is often directly related to the difference in clarity. Since diamonds are nature-made, they may have flaws or inclusions that are indicated by a rating scale of Included through Flawless. A Flawless diamond will cost significantly more than a diamond with more inclusions. The good news is, that many flaws are seen only under magnifications – so if you can’t afford a rare flawless stone, you still have plenty of stunning options to choose from.

Diamonds Aren’t Your Only Option

Diamonds are the top choice for engagement rings, but they certainly aren’t the only option. Dependent on your bride-to-be’s personal style, you may also want to consider unique engagement rings that include other beautiful gemstones – like sapphires, emerald, or rubies. This could include a ring where the diamond is the feature stone complemented by a gemstone, or vice-versa.

The Gemstone Isn’t Your Only Deciding Factor

Finding the perfect gemstone may be your first order of business, but you have more to consider than the 4 C’s and gemstone. You must also choose the perfect:

  • Setting
  • Design
  • Number of feature stones
  • What precious metal the band is made from
  • Accompanying wedding band

Even if you have a solid understanding of the design you are searching for, the precious metal of the band is also key. Your most common choices include gold, white gold, and platinum. To avoid the need to resize the ring after purchase, try to determine what her ring size is before you go shopping. Keep in mind that each finger, and maybe even each hand has varying ring sizes.

You Might Need Some Help Engagement Ring Shopping

Between contemporary, colored, custom designs, and antique engagement rings – you may need someone who can help you select the perfect ring for your beloved. Although you may know your loved one better than anyone else, you may not be certain of her style in jewelry. Even if you are familiar with her general style and fashion sense, engagement rings are worn for a lifetime and often passed down through generations. In other words, your soon-to-be-betrothed may prefer a timeless classic.

Don’t hesitate to ask a trusted friend or family member who may already be aware of her preference in engagement rings for help. To ensure that the perfect ring is selected, many couples go ring shopping together, either pre or post engagement. At the very least, keep your ears open in case your loved one drops any hints.

You Can Design Your Own Ring

While our in-store selection of wedding bands and engagement rings is impressive, you can design a one-of-a-kind ring for your one-of-a-kind love. Your jeweler will work with you to create a custom design, you can combine your favorite features from multiple rings, or you can design your ring solo. You can even design a ring with a combination of heirloom gemstones that are reset into a new design.

Know How Much You Are Comfortable Spending Before You Arrive

Having a clear understanding of your budget will help you avoid the disappointment of selecting a ring that is outside of your budget. Be upfront with your jeweler regarding your budget, so that they can guide you towards rings in the cut, color, carat weight, and clarity that match your budget. Keep in mind, that the multiple variants within each of the 4 C’s will greatly affect the cost of your gemstone. For example, a small carat weight but colored diamond could be more expensive than the same ring in a white diamond. On the flipside, a white diamond with a high carat weight with many inclusions may be more affordable.

Shopping for the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Work with a team of jewelers you can trust and head to Kranich’s Jewelers. Family owned and operated since 1903, our jewelers are some of the best in the business. We understand how serious and deeply emotional shopping for the perfect engagement ring can be. That’s why we promise our exceptional service and honest advice to guide you towards a stunning diamond engagement ring that compliments your love unlike any other. So go ahead, pop the question with confidence and dazzle that special someone with a new diamond engagement ring from Kranich’s Jewelers.

 

Shop Online at kranichs.com

shop from homeWhen bad weather hits, like it has today, why not just stay at home and shop from the comfort of home.  We have an extensive collection of designer and fashion jewelry available for you on kranichs.com.

Interested in a designer piece?  Simply request a price from any product page and one of our specialized sales associates will contact you to give you all the information you need.  Our trained sales associates are available at each of our stores or call us toll free at 1-888-944-4575.

For more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit http://www.kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Kranich’s Acquires Spectacular Yellow Diamond

Kranichs has recently acquired a yellow brown GIA fancy color oval diamond weighing 3 carats. The stone is loose and is an incredible and different look that can be mounted any way the customer chooses. Customers interested in purchasing this spectacular gem only need to ask their local Kranich’s Jewelers associate and they will be happy to help you.

For any additional questions about yellow diamonds or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit http://www.kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

12 Hour Sale on Kranichs.com

Fans of Kranich’s Jewelers may have heard about our 12 hour sales currently running in each location.  What you may not know is that you can take advantage of our special 12 hour pricing online at kranichs.com during each event which makes our 12 hour sale almost like a 48 hour sale!
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For any additional questions about our current promotions or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit http://www.kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Fall Engagements at Kranich’s Jewelers

Just in case you missed it over the weekend, here is the current commercial running in the central Pennsylvania area.

For any additional questions about our current promotions or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit http://www.kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Everlon Facebook Fan Bonanza – Week 4 Winner

Week four of the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection Fan Referral Contest was the final chance to win.  We would like to congratulate tasha erminTasha Ermin who was the week four winner. Tasha won with a whopping 149 votes to get a brand new sterling silver Everlon pendant.  Thank you everyone who participated, and be on the lookout for another contest in the near future.

For questions about our contest or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Everlon Facebook Fan Bonanza – Week 3 Winner

Week three of the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection Fan Referral Contest helped someone else get a beautiful piece of jewelry for a little bit of networking.  We would like to congratulate Michelle KnobMichelle Knob who was the week three winner.  Through all of her referrals, she won with a staggering 135 votes to get a brand new sterling silver Everlon pendant.  How many more will we can get? That’s up to all of you.  To qualify for our contest, all you need to do is follow these simple instructions:

1. From the Kranich’s Jewelers Facebook page, Click “Suggest to Friends” (listed below the Kranich’s Jewelers fan page picture).

2. Choose all of your friends who would be interested in becoming a Kranich’s Jewelers Fan.

3. Send the invitation with a message directing them to our Friend Referral Contest details located on our Discussion Board.

4. Have your friend post your name on the Kranich’s Jewelers Wall (For example, “Jane Doe is my friend”).

The Kranich’s Jewelers fan who has the most fan referrals a the end of each week will receive their choice of either the 1/6 Carat Sterling Silver Everlon Ring or the 1/6 Carat Sterling Silver Everlon Pendant.

Winners will be selected on Fridays and notified via facebook.

For questions about the contest or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Everlon Facebook Fan Bonanza – Week 2 Winner

Week two of the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection Fan Referral Contest has come and gone.  We would like to congratulateGena Gena Marie Damiano Steber who was the week two winner.  Through all of her referrals, she won with 46 votes to get a brand new sterling silver Everlon ring.  How many more will we can get? That’s up to all of you.  To qualify for our contest, all you need to do is follow these simple instructions:

1. From the Kranich’s Jewelers Facebook page, Click “Suggest to Friends” (listed below the Kranich’s Jewelers fan page picture).

2. Choose all of your friends who would be interested in becoming a Kranich’s Jewelers Fan.

3. Send the invitation with a message directing them to our Friend Referral Contest details located on our Discussion Board.

4. Have your friend post your name on the Kranich’s Jewelers Wall (For example, “Jane Doe is my friend”).

The Kranich’s Jewelers fan who has the most fan referrals a the end of each week will receive their choice of either the 1/6 Carat Sterling Silver Everlon Ring or the 1/6 Carat Sterling Silver Everlon Pendant.

Winners will be selected on Fridays and notified via facebook.

For questions about the contest or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Everlon Diamond Knot Collection for a Princess

Everlon Diamond Knot Collection Ring - princess cutWill all of the focus on the Everlon Facebook Fan Referral Contest, you may have missed the latest addition to our Everlon Diamond Knot Collection. Now available at Kranich’s Jewelers and kranichs.com is the new Princess Center Everlon Diamond Knot Collection. These dazzling pieces still show the classic Everlon design based on the Hercules knot with the slight change of a princess cut diamond in the center.

All of your favorite styles are here whether you are looking for the classic Everlon Diamond Knot ring or a dazzling Everlon Diamond Knot pendant, they are now available with princess cut centers. Visit kranichs.com to see the latest styles and remember that Kranich’s Jewelers is your destination for the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection.

For questions about the Everlon Princess Cut Diamond Knot Collection or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.