“Old school gentleman manners say that a man should spend 3 times his monthly wage for the engagement ring to pop the question!”- this is a good start when buying the perfect ring, but many other factors should be considered as well! Use the following tips and you will surely be on your way to picking the perfect engagement ring for your bride-to-be!
Choose the Right Band
Although this is a confusing process, I know you understand what the band is! The band is typically made of gold, silver, platinum or even a combination of metals. At this point, you should have an idea of which band will best suit your lady and it is important to get this right (just take a look in her jewellery box!). Considering the different types of bands, gold appears as yellow-orange in its natural state; however, it is alloyed with other metals for durability to cover for its weakness. You could decide to go for platinum, which is strong, hard and has a natural silver tone, but will dull over time with wear. Remember, engagement rings are supposed to last for a lifetime, therefore it is important to choose a band that stands the test of time (like your future marriage!).
Choose the Right Setting and Gemstone
Engagement rings are available in just about every setting and stone, giving you lots of options in choosing the right one for your bride-to-be. Bespoke gemstone rings can be beautiful and are very on-trend at the moment, however, diamonds are always a popular selection for engagement rings (after all, diamonds are a girls best friend!). Take a peek at your lady’s jewellery, or better yet, ask her friends if she’s dropped any hints (100% chance she has!), browse some different engagement ring manufacturers (Taylor and Hart has an amazing collection!), and ultimately, go with your gut feeling – you can’t fail!
Choose the Right Size
Size means everything when it comes to an engagement ring, so make sure you figure out her ring size before you drop the cash on an engagement ring, as a loose ring can create a proposal nightmare! One way to figure this out (and the easiest!), is to sneak out one of her rings and have a jeweler figure out the size; simple! Isn’t it? Best not to take this for granted!
Get a Good Jeweler
You have to remember that ‘expensive’ does not necessarily equate to being the ideal jeweler. It is better to look for a brand which you feel comfortable with, where the staff is friendly and helpful in such a way that they can offer some good, solid advice. Be sure to look for a place that will fit within your budget range, and if the shop in question has good service, you’ll certainly have no problem choosing the right one!
Find out Your Fiancée’s Desire
At the end of the day, it may be difficult to purchase a perfect ring without her; quite understandable! Although many men prefer to surprise their woman on this big day, in this modern time, many couples are going forward together and purchasing their engagement rings. Actually, while women love surprises, many women prefer to be part of the decision! Let’s just highlight how much stress this takes off you, also, as this is a very relevant factor!
See? With a few good tips and a positive attitude, purchasing your girl’s engagement ring is no panic matter! Take a deep breath and go for it – Good luck popping the question!