Relationships and dating are complex. Whether you are Jennifer Lopez or just the girl next door, finding love in the modern world is not for the faint of heart. However, if you are one of the lucky ones who has managed to find their better half and you are ready to take things to the next level by popping the question, congratulations!
We have no doubt you’ll be excited about building a future with the one you love and planning that dream wedding, but first, you’ll need to get down on one knee, and for that, you’ll need a ring. Below, we’ve come up with some useful tips on finding the perfect engagement ring.
Establish Your Budget
Naturally, if you’re anything like Paris Hilton’s new fiance, money won’t be an issue. However, for the rest of us, the thought of forking out a small fortune on a diamond might cause some anxiety. It is important to remember that while the ring needs to be perfect, it doesn’t need to be the most expensive. In fact, it is important to consider your long-term future when establishing how much you’d realistically want to spend on a ring.
Finding the perfect engagement ring is no small feat. Spend some time educating yourself about the jewelry world before buying the first thing that catches your eye. For instance, if you are a traditionalist looking to propose with a classic diamond ring, you’ll have to know a little about the 4cs of diamonds, namely cut, color, clarity, and carat.
Get the Size Right
Don’t make the rookie mistake of finding that perfect ring but getting the size wrong. Be sure to find out your loved one’s ring size. The easiest way to do this is to find a ring they wear regularly and bring that into the store when you are having the ring made. Another alternative would be to find a way to take your fiance-to-be into the shop with you and have the professionals size up that ring finger.
Do a Little Snooping
Unless you are already familiar with your partner’s taste in jewelry, you’ll need to do a little detective work to find out about their style. Some good ways to get an indication of their tastes and preferences would be to take a peek at their jewelry box, check out her mood boards on Pinterest, and get advice from family and friends.
Think Outside the Box
Be willing to consider the possibility that your betrothed might be open to the idea of a different type of ring. Why not propose using a family heirloom or choose a ring with an alternative stone? These days, some couples even opt to get matching tattoo rings rather than contribute to the environmental damage caused by the jewelry industry.
Getting engaged is a pivotal life moment, and it needs to be done right. Follow these simple ideas to get the ball rolling for the proposal, and you should have your other half saying ‘Yes!’ without too much fuss.