So, you’ve decided to ask the biggest question of your life: proposing to your partner. Now not only do you need to work out how to ask her, where to ask her, and when to ask her – you need to figure out how to pick a ring that she’s going to love. You might be thinking that they’re all the same – a gorgeous precious stone set in an expensive band. However, there’s a lot more to choosing a ring, and it can get quite difficult once you actually start shopping. The best thing to do is start roping friends and family of your partner in to help. She’s probably told them exactly what she wants – so they’ll be a very useful place to start. Other than that, here are a few key elements to concentrate on.
Style, cut and color
Arguably the most important part of choosing the ring is deciding which precious stone to choose. If you think the only option is a diamond – you’ll be pleasantly surprised. From stunning sapphire engagement rings, to glowing red rubies, you’ll find a stone to match your partner’s personality. You should also think about the style. If your partner is very active and goes outside a lot, an embedded jewel might be better than one that sticks out. Likewise, have you decided which precious metal to use for the band? This might depend on the stone you choose, but it’s good to have an idea of what your partner likes to wear already, and what you’ll both like to have as wedding bands.
You can have the biggest ideas in the world, but if you don’t have the budget to match, then you’re in trouble. There’s no point shopping around until you know what you can spend, so either start saving, or curb your choices. You know your partner best, and if they aren’t bothered about expensive jewelry, don’t worry about spending the earth on a ring. Instead, use that money to go on holiday or put towards the wedding. However, if they expect an expensive ring, you’ll have a bit more work to put in! Just remember that a high price tag doesn’t mean high quality: something can be incredibly expensive, and still be very tasteless. You should always pick the ring they’ll love the most, over the most expensive, flashy one.
If your partner already wears rings, then you’ve got an easy way to figure this out: try to draw or measure around one of her current rings. As she won’t already wear one on her ring finger, this won’t be completely accurate, but it’ll be closer than taking a wild guess! Ask her family and friends too – she might have already mentioned her ring size “in passing” – knowing that you might need the answer soon! However, if you can’t find her size, don’t despair. Speak to the place you’re buying the ring from and explain the situation. They’ve more than likely dealt with this situation a million times before and will be used to getting rings back to resize them.