Picking an engagement ring is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make, so you need to get it right. Here’s how to make sure you pick the right one.

Make Practical Considerations

First of all, you’ll have to decide how you and your partner are going to buy the rings. Some couples choose to buy the rings independent from one another. Other people decide to buy them together. The latter option is good because it makes sure you won’t buy a ring your partner will hate.

If the whole thing is a secret, you’ll obviously not be able to get her advice on what kind of ring to get. You’ll also have a more difficult task of getting the size of the ring right. But we’ll discuss that later. You’ll have to look at where you want to buy from. There are online retailers or high street jewelers, so browse all the options before making a decision.

Choose the Band

The band of the ring is the circular part that fits around the finger. It’s not necessarily the part of the ring that people look at first, but it is the most important part to get right. It’s usually made of either silver, gold or platinum. Gold is a little weaker, but it is usually combined with other metal to improve durability.

Platinum is a little more expensive and a lot stronger than gold. It appears silvery in appearance. This could be a good thing because it doesn’t throw color onto the diamond the way gold bands do. Engagement rings should last a lifetime, so choosing a band that’s durable is definitely a good idea.

 

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Pick the Setting and Stone

The stone on the ring is the part that your girlfriend will look at first when you propose to her. But first of all, you need to think about the diamond’s setting. This is the part of the ring that holds the diamond in place. The setting can either be invisible or prolonged; those labels explain themselves.

The stone you choose is important. Most people choose diamonds, but there are other options to consider. Very few people decide to opt for anything other than a diamond. And there’s a reason for this. It’s classic and it looks great. There are lots of different sizes and shapes of diamond to consider though.

Get the Size Right

The size of the ring is the most important practical consideration to take into account. The last thing you want to do is get down on your bended knee, ask her to marry you and then find that the ring won’t fit on her finger. That would be the nightmare scenario, and that’s why it’s so important to get the size right.

There is one clever way to make sure you get the size right without spoiling the surprise though. You could find a ring from their collection and then take it to your jeweler. They’ll be able to model the engagement ring on the ring you give them, so the size should be correct.

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