Christine Razny, the third-generation owner of Razny Jewelers, sat down to answer every question we have about choosing the perfect ring. Growing up around jewelry, she has always had a passion for bridal designs. Here she explains what matters most what’s true (and what’s not) about shopping for engagement rings, the unique qualities of diamonds, and designing a custom creation. All photos provided by Razny Jewelers.
True or False: When it comes to engagement rings, the size of the diamond is not what matters most.
True: When it comes to engagement rings, there are many styles to choose from. The cut, not necessarily the size, of the center stone is very important. It may be round brilliant, emerald, Asscher, cushion, oval, princess, pear, marquise, or radiant. The cut you choose should reflect the wearer’s personality. It is good practice to try on as many shapes as possible before deciding which looks best on your finger. There’s no wrong choice! After style and cut, the budget is the most important factor when shopping for a ring. Do your homework and shop with a trusted jeweler, someone who will happily work within your budget. After you have set your budget, decide where you want to put your dollars. If you’ve set your cap at $8,000, for example, understand that this must include the cost of both the center diamond and the mounting. Once you have determined what you are comfortable spending, your trusted associate at Razny Jewelers can help you find the perfect ring.
True or False: All jewelers are the same.
False: We suggest doing your homework on the reputation of the jeweler you choose. Be sure to find out how long they have been in business. What do past clients say about them? What is the guarantee they will be in business if you need repair work in the future? Will they be able to help you if you need your ring re-sized?
Buying an engagement ring is a major purchase— something your loved one will wear for many years to come. It is essential that your jeweler also be able to service your needs for many years to come. Razny Jewelers has been in business for over 65 years. Now a third-generation jeweler and family of certified diamond experts, we partner with the largest wholesalers to leverage the highest quality for our clients while offering the most competitive prices. For us, this is more than a business. It’s our legacy.
True or False: To avoid spoiling a surprise proposal, guess what the bride-to-be’s ring size is and have the ring re-sized later.
True AND False: These days, many couples shop for a ring ahead of the proposal to find the style they like most. We suggest that while at Razny Jewelers, nonchalantly ask our associate to check the size of your finger. Another option is to offer to have your partner’s jewelry cleaned. If she has a ring that she often wears on the left hand, make sure to get it sized while visiting our store. Whatever happens, rest assured Razny Jewelers offers complimentary re-sizing after your proposal.
True or False: Engagement rings cost a fortune.
False: The perfect ring does not have to cost you a fortune. Finding the best symbol of your love is more about style then purchase price. For this reason, many couples opt for a custom design that is crafted within their budget. Our designer would be more than happy to sit with you to bring your vision to life. The only limit is your imagination!
True or False: Designing a custom ring is difficult and expensive.
False: It is extremely easy to design your custom ring. In fact, it can be as simple as choosing a ring from our showroom, selecting a diamond from our vaults, and having the two set together. We also offer private appointments with our CAD (computer-assisted design) specialist. She will put your ideas on paper and bring your vision to life through a wax mold which then makes its way to the hands of our skillful artisans. Depending on complexity, this process can take from a few hours to 4-6 weeks. We manage your expectations by providing turnaround times and price information upfront.