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One of the main pitfalls of buying your engagement ring online is not being able to try it on before buying. Statistics show that although over 90% of people research diamonds and engagement rings online, only about 10% of them actually take the next step and buy the ring.
However, there are ways to get around this as engagement ring retailers come up with innovative ways to ‘try on’ your ring before you buy. Here are some retailers who have found ways to offer a try before you buy option.
1. With Clarity – Home Preview Service
Trying on an engagement ring at home for a few days before you decide to purchase it actually sounds too good to be true. But what if we told you that that’s exactly what With Clarity, one of the fastest-growing online engagement ring retailers, lets you do?
With Clarity has introduced an innovative process that bridges the gap between the online and in-store shopping experience. They allow you to customize up to two engagement rings from their large collection of engagement ring designs. Next, identical replicas of your chosen ring designs are sent to you free of charge to try at home.
Once you’ve tried on the rings and given them a ‘test drive’, you can then decide whether you want to go ahead and purchase one of them. You do have to send back the replicas at the end of 3 days or they would cost you $50 each.
The best part of this process is that it’s 100% free and removes any doubt about how you feel about the potential ring design. The replica rings are made using 3D printing technology and are designed to look and feel like the real thing.
The reason we love this process is because there’s no risk or commitment involved, it’s completely free and you get to try out your design skills too. What’s more, it works out even better than purchasing in store, where you don’t have the option to wear your ring at home before buying.
If you want to learn more about this service, read our complete article here.
2. James Allen – Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On
James Allen is one of the best-known online engagement ring retailers, known not just for their excellence of products and competitive prices, but also for always being a step ahead when it comes to technology in the diamond space. This is the case again with their Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On.
The process is simple:
- Navigate to the James Allen website on your mobile phone
- Tap on the Try-On icon on your chosen ring setting
- Add a photo of your hand and the ring will then appear on it
- You can change the shape of the diamond by tapping on the top-left corner of the screen
- Share the image with a friend via email or add it to your Pinterest board
This is the next best thing to actually try on the ring because while you can’t feel it, you can still see how it’s going to look on your finger. This will help you to narrow down your choices in terms of metal color and design, picking a ring that suits your skin tone and hand.
3. Brilliant Earth – Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On
The company operates mainly online but also has several showrooms located across 8 cities in the US, so you could always book an appointment to check out their engagement ring designs. But if you wanted to check them out from home, then use their Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On option.
It’s the same as the James Allen option, in that you have to navigate to the chosen engagement ring, snap a photo of your hand and then customize the ring to match your preferences. You can share and save the image for future reference.
From the above methods, our favorite without a doubt is the Home Preview service because it removes any doubt that you may have about your future engagement ring, allowing you to assess the ring’s weight, look and feel.
However, the virtual try-ons are also a good way to gauge how you feel about the ring and to get a general idea about how it’s going to look on your finger.