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Hi all. My BF and I have been dating for 4 years now and we are thinking about getting engaged and looking into rings. Any tips on buying a ring? Thanks!

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Don’t fall into a “brand” trap but work with a local jeweler that you know or has solid reviews online. I had a friend buy a Lauren B (popular on Instagram) ring and it fell apart after a month

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Try James Allen! They’re mostly online but their one store is in Georgetown so you’re in luck. I found their prices to be very reasonable and at times lower than even Blue Nile.

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Do your research online, sure, but also take some time in trying on lots of different cuts and sizes! I thought foooor sure I wanted a square/ascher/princess cut. Then I tried them on a a round looked way better. Also go to a place that respects your budget - not all of them do

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if you go to the right jeweler, they will help you decide on clarity and size. a lot of times you can give up some clarity without it being noticeable to your naked eye while also getting a larger stone within your budget. where are you located? i know a few good jewelers in nyc!

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Washington Diamond in Falls Church for sure. They are as close as you can get in DC to a NYC Diamond District jeweler.

Also, go on your own or with a close GF to someplace like Kay and look at/try on different styles/sizes to see what they look like on your hand. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted until I saw that shape and style on my hand. It was much better to narrow that down before I went shopping for real with my fiancé.

Window shop and then buy it cheaper at blue Nile.

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In the same situation and also in DC! We’re going to Brilliant Earth in Georgetown to try stuff on and for me to settle on preferred styles - they only do prearranged appointments, and I believe spend a decent amount of time with you.

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