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The No-Fear Guide to Purchasing the Perfect Engagement Ring

Hannoush Jewelers offers the ideal wedding jewelry shopping experience

Deciding to pop the question and embark on life’s journey together with your beloved is a truly exciting moment. It’s also when you’ll be making likely the most significant jewelry purchase of your life — an engagement ring. You may know exactly what your partner wants, or you may feel you haven’t a clue where to start: What is currently trending for stone cuts and metals? Should you go with a tried-and-true classic style?  

Not only will you make decisions about the ring itself, but you’ll also be seeking a trusted jeweler to work with to decide on the perfect piece, discuss your budget and financing choices, and learn about options such as resizing and engraving. Once you’ve made your fabulous proposal and your love has told you “yes,” you’ll want to know how to make sure their ring stays sparkling clean — and on a practical note, you’ll want to have it appraised for insurance purposes.

Family-owned Hannoush Jewelers opened its first store in the Fairfield Fall in Chicopee in 1980 and now has more than 50 company-owned and franchised stores, including retail locations at the Holyoke and Eastfield Malls and at MGM Springfield. Hannoush is a highly trusted name in Western Massachusetts for both brick-and-mortar and online sales of fine jewelry.

The business offers free appraisals for in-store purchases, and free cleanings for anyone stopping in -- West Springfield Lifestyle Magazine readers can bring a ring of their choice to the Holyoke location in June for a no-charge premium cleaning. We asked Ali Mourad, the co-manager of the Hannoush store at the Holyoke Mall, to offer his extensive experience and tips to guide you through the engagement ring buying process.

What stones are currently trending for engagement rings? 

Natural diamonds are without a doubt the most popular, but lab-created diamonds are gaining favor. For alternatives, we always recommend colored diamonds instead of gemstones, because they’re highly durable, to represent eternal love. Our Holyoke location currently has every diamond color in the rainbow on display! The most popular colors are blue, red, and yellow. 

What are popular stone cuts right now for engagement rings? 

Round and princess cut will always be classic choices. However, pear- and oval-shaped diamonds have found their way into the hearts of many recently! 

What band styles and metals for engagement rings are in style currently? 

Our locally made (West Springfield corporate shop) handmade wedding bands in a pavé or prong setting are the most popular. We offer gold, platinum, silver, and a variety of other alternative metals. Gold and platinum are easily the best choices, while gold is offered in three different tones: rose, yellow, and white. White gold currently seems to be the metal of choice with diamonds. 

Do you resize rings? 

Of course! We work on both in-house and outside jewelry needs. Our full-line design and service center is our West Springfield shop, where all of our jewelry is manufactured and any modifications are made. Our center is capable of the simplest services, such as cleaning, to tasks as important as creating heirloom treasures.   

Do you have both in-stock rings and custom-order rings? 

Absolutely, our options for every guest truly are unlimited. 

How do you pick a wedding band to go with an engagement ring? 

Here at Hannoush, we know that every guest has a different style. Once we understand the guest’s needs and preferences, our consultants present choices tailored to the specifics of the guest.  

When you have a budget, how do you choose an engagement ring? 

We have several options to help with budget needs, including an array of pricing for wedding options that are unmatched in the area. We also help our guests by offering several great financing options that help with the decision, from credit-based programs to no credit needed. My personal favorite is our twelve-month deferred interest plan. For those not looking to charge anything, we have in-store layaway as well.   

Should you surprise your partner with an engagement ring? Do you have an exchange policy if your partner doesn’t love the ring you chose? 

I believe every proposal should be a surprise; however, you should have a basic understanding of your partner's style and profile, which includes the metal color and the type and shape of the center stone they prefer, the size of their ring finger, and any additional details that are helpful in choosing a ring.  We have a 30-day return policy, with some exceptions that include altered jewelry, custom designs, and worn pieces. However, we offer a lifetime trade-up program to all of our guests that want to treat themselves to an upgrade in the future.

Visit hannoush.com or your local Hannoush store to find your perfect engagement ring.