Few decisions are more monumental in a person’s life than deciding with whom they’ll spend the rest of their life. When a marriage proposal is imminent, it’s time to think of the physical manifestation of that commitment: the engagement ring. Here are some tips for couples searching for that perfect ring.
First and foremost, throw everything you’ve ever heard about ring shopping out the window. Some guidelines have been around forever, such as the Four C’s (more on that later) that are still helpful navigational tools. Yet, in these modern times, couples are thinking outside of the box.
1. Try Going Out of The Box
While there is a constant bombardment of brand new sparklers, trendy jewelry isn’t for everyone. For instance, couples with a shared interest in history could pick antique engagement rings to wear. Determine exactly who you are as a couple and let the jewelry reflect that identity.
2. Consider Your Budget
Before anything else, first, consider your budget. This is one of the most important investments a person will ever make in their life. If you can afford a $25,000 ring without going into bankruptcy, that is worth exploring. However, if you find a ring that’s only a few hundred dollars, it could be the perfect piece for your significant other.
3. Remember The Four C’s
Most people know about the Four C’s of diamond jewelry — cut, color, clarity, and carat. While it is necessary to explore these, the most crucial part of the ring selection process is knowing your partner’s taste. Fear not; there are foolproof strategies to guide you in the right direction.
4. Ask Your Partner
In this day and age, it is not uncommon for couples to go ring shopping together. There is no better way to get an idea of her taste than to hear it directly from her. If you’re thinking of a proposal, chances are it’s pretty evident that you two are serious and in it for the long haul. She may have an idea that this is on the horizon anyway, so why not involve her?
5. Ask Your Partner’s Friends and Relatives
If you are more of a traditional type or just want to keep it a total surprise, there are still ways to determine what sort of ring brings her joy. Ask her mother, sister, or best friend for some assistance. Swear them to secrecy, of course, but who knows her preferences better?
Speaking of mothers, let’s take a quick detour here and discuss the concept of permission. It’s often been said that you should ask him for his blessing to have his daughter’s hand in marriage. Whether or not you do this is up to you and your bride to be. Why not go the extra mile and ask both her parents (or primary caregiver) for their permission? This shows that you value the family’s input and consider both parents equal.
6. Simplicity vs. Elegance
If you are absolutely sure you don’t want to involve anyone else in the process, take a look at her current jewelry. Does she prefer simple elegance or sparkly bling? Rose gold or platinum? What cut and style are her existing rings? What are her interests and things define you as a pair?
7. Get the Right Size
Make sure that you know her size before making a purchase. There’s a high probability you already know it, but if you don’t, trace a current ring of hers while she is in the shower. It will give you the guideline you need to show a jeweler.
8. Consider visiting multiple jewelers
This is a significant investment, so it’s okay to comparison shop. Take recommendations from family and friends to see who is their go-to. Be sure that your jeweler understands you and your objective. Use them for their expertise to guide you in the right direction and make the process easier for you.
Wishing you the best of luck in your brand new life together!
Article Submitted By Community Writer