So you are looking to buy an engagement ring on Etsy? Whether you are purchasing an antique, vintage, or new ring for your lover, I am here to help! Keep reading to learn how to purchase, and be happy with a ring you absolutely love from the Etsy online marketplace.
Did you Know?
In 2016, Mila Kunis revealed that she purchased her and husband Ashton Kutcher's wedding bands from Etsy because it was the only place she could find the super-thin platinum band that she was looking for.
Are you Scared of Buying on Etsy?
Shopping online is relatively new, and purchasing a big ticket item such as an engagement ring is not a task to be taken lightly. I understand why you may have apprehensions about purchasing an engagement ring on the internet.
You may be worried that you will get ripped off, that the ring will not be what you expected or that the quality will not be good. You may fear having hassles with sizing, that the ring won't look as good in person, or that your ring will get lost in the mail. You are putting your faith in another human to create and ship you a ring that will be worn daily.
I understand why this seems daunting, but let me assure you, you can have an excellent experience buying an engagement ring from Etsy, you just have to follow some practical guidelines and do some research before you make a purchase.
I am Here to Help
I am going to help you address these concerns, so that you can feel good buying your precious love an engagement ring on Etsy.
Why Shop on Etsy?
- Vast selection of various styles of rings
- Unique rings that you cannot find anywhere else
- Super affordable options due to the use of gemstones other than diamonds
- Eco-friendly options such as fair-trade diamonds and recycled metals
- Customization is commonly offered - get a ring that is truly your own
- Supporting small business and artisans
- You can talk directly with your seller via Etsy's messaging platform
- The customer service can exceed big box stores - these small businesses can't afford unhappy customers.
- Behind the shops are real people who love making jewelry.
How to Buy an Engagement Ring on Etsy
Be Specific in Your Search
Narrow down your search if you want something specific, the search term, "rose gold aquamarine engagement ring" will return more accurate results than the term, "pretty ring".
You can use the category filters on the left-hand side to limit your results – for example, you can filter by category, price, country, and whether the item is new or vintage.
Find a Seller with Lots of Positive Reviews
Reviews are a great way to know if a seller has consistently provided a good service, you know a shop is good if the feedback is good.
Message Someone who Left a Review
Try messaging one of the reviewers and ask them about their experience, most people are friendly and willing to share. The bonus of messaging them privately is that you can find out how they feel about their ring now, after some time has passed since writing their review.
Add shops you Like to Your Favorites
When you find a shop you like and you navigate away from it, it can be hard to find it again. Add the shop to your favorites so you can easily return and you will also get notifications when they post a new item.
Pay with a Credit Card
Paying with a credit card will give you buyers protection. Etsy does have a Buyer Case Resolution you can file if something goes wrong, but I wouldn't rely on it.
See if the Seller Insures their Packages
A reputable shop will insure the packages they ship, so if your ring does get lost in the mail, you will get some money back. The seller may state their insurance policy within their policies section, or you may have to message them and ask.
Message the Seller
Start a conversation! Sellers that are responsive, friendly, and enthusiastic are going to be a joy to do business with.
Don't be afraid to ask questions and get a feel for the person you are buying from. Some good questions to ask are, what happens if the ring doesn't fit? What type of ring do they suggest for your taste, budget, and lifestyle? How do they guarantee their product? Will they repair your ring if it gets damaged? Do they offer insurance? Will they take payments?
Know Your Measurements
You want to be sure on ring size, to minimize the chances of having to get a ring resized.
Read: How to Measure Your Ring Size at Home Or Watch this Tutorial on How to Measure Your Ring Size:
Read the Shops Policies
Every shop on Etsy is different, so you will have to do some research. You want to be familiar with a shops return, refund and/or exchange policy. This is not something you want to skip, you can easily find a shops policy page by clicking on the "Policies" tab in the shop's menu.
There are many Etsy sellers who accept returns, but not all of them do. Don't count on being able to return something unless it specifically says you can, and don’t forget to check and see if you’ll be responsible for return shipping.
Factor in Shipping
Etsy does not display shipping costs in the price, so read the shop's shipping policy and remember to factor it into your cost.
Check to See if Stones Are Certified
If your ring contains precious stones, check to see if it comes with a certificate of authenticity (such as one from the GIA) or if you can request one.
At the very least, you should get an itemized receipt detailing the cut, carat, and any other details about the materials used as well as price for the setting and stones. so you can have the ring appraised. You will need an appraisal if you want to have your ring insured.
Ask for More Photos
If there aren't enough photos, you can ask for more. You want to see the ring from various angles, and it is nice to see it on a finger. You could even try asking the seller to send you a quick video of the ring, then you can see the ring in action.
Get Your Ring Appraised and then Insure it
Once you buy your ring, take it to an independent appraiser and have them appraise it. You may be surprised to learn that your ring is worth more than you paid for it (I have read stories of this happening to people who have bought from Etsy).
Now go insure your ring so you can rest easy that if it gets lost or damaged, you will be able to replace it.
Don't let the fear of shopping online stand in the way of you and your chosen symbol of undying love and dedication. As long as you find a reputable seller on Etsy, and you follow my tips, you will have a great shopping experience. When that beautiful ring comes in the mail, you can be proud that you took the right steps to make it happen.
Our Recommended Shops
I have read through hundreds of reviews on Etsy, as well as around the web on forums such as Reddit, and Ask Meta Filter to come up with a list of the best shops on Etsy for purchasing an engagement ring. If you want to cut out the hours of research it can take to find a reputable seller, head over to my list of shops and start browsing!
Congrats and Happy Shopping,