How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring
The first thing to keep in mind is that you MUST ‘take your time’. The likelihood is that you and your new fiancee will be wearing these rings for some time, and if the process is rushed, you don’t want to regret your final decision.
Know where to go; this could be from online browsing, word of mouth, or experience. It’s the first step, and one of the most important. You want to feel that your transaction is safe and secure.
Who to Shop With
You need to know who to shop with; a lot of couples will buy their engagement rings together, for obvious reasons. Or shop with a family member who knows the proposee well enough to make a decision on what you should be buying. Getting engaged is traditionally a surprise event and many wish to keep it that way, so this brings up the next option, which is to go at it alone.
What to Get
Your options here are varied. Though you by no means have to comply with this, it is commonly suggested that the man/woman looking to buy the ring for their loved one will spend an equivalent of three months of his/her salary on the ring, but what really matters is that you choose the ring that is about you and the one you love. In a sense, let the ring choose you. Pick it out for its individualistic quality.
Do It Yourself
So why not create the ring yourself? You want it to be individualized, well perhaps this is the perfect way. There are two simple steps to follow; choose your stone (diamond, ruby, sapphire etc) and then choose the setting of the stone (3 stones, clusters etc) – it’s simple, and more importantly, it’s personal, and gives the buyer more control over what they’re giving their future husband/wife on that special occasion.
Still looking for something slightly more affordable? Perhaps consider buying an antique engagement ring. Yes, it’s a cheaper option, but do not let this sully your expectations. Antique engagement rings meet the requirement of being individualized, and carry a vintage charm. Today’s standards of quality need not apply, but ensure that you spend time studying the rings, the craftsmanship and that it is the very best possible fit for you. Of course, this may not mean buying a ring at all – family heirlooms often come in the shape of wedding/engagement rings and what better way to invite a new member into your family?
The important thing is to make sure that your final decision means as much to you as it does your loved one. Choose something you’re comfortable with, and choose it with love. You can’t go wrong.
If you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring, consider whether you’d like a modern, new ring or whether an antique silver, diamond ring would be the best option for you. If you’re unsure, seek professional advice!