An engagement ring, in many cases, may be the most important purchase of your life (at least your life to date). It is important to choose a ring that represents the person who you will be giving it to and does not disappoint them or upset them (for example, if you pick out a ring that is totally not their style, they may feel like maybe you do not know them as well as they thought- and question whether you are someone they really want to marry). This can make choosing the perfect engagement ring a daunting job. While there are many experts out there who can help you understand different cuts of diamonds and different styles of rings, it is important to do some research first and know what you are getting into before you go to see a jeweler and to purchase an engagement ring.
If you feel like you are ready to propose, these simple steps will help guide you to the right ring for that special someone!
1) Examine engagement rings in different lighting situations: You should not simply glance at a ring and expect to have a good sense of what it looks like. Diamonds can look very different in various lighting situations. If you are looking for something that is not too shimmery, make sure you look at it in different lights to get a full sense of what the ring looks like.
2) Choose a shape: Is your future fiance stylish and hip, traditional, modern? Her style will dictate the shape and style of the ring you choose. For example, a nice simple square diamond ring offers a more traditional look and will be good for someone who does not want a flashy/modern style ring. If, on the other hand, you are with someone who is always at the cutting edge of fashion and is constantly pushing the limits, you may want to go with something more modern and unique.
3) Are diamonds the right choice? You do not need to purchase a diamond engagement ring- rings can be unique and any style that fits your relationship. Some people choose engagement rings based on birth stones, choose conflict free sources of stones, or choose something very simple that is more a representation of the relationship than an expensive gesture.
4) Talk about it: In today’s society, it is normal to discuss your future with the person you plan to propose to and even go shopping together for an engagement ring. You do not need to have her choose the ring, but by shopping together you will be able to get a sense of what kind of ring she expects and choose something which is appropriate and which they will want to wear for years.
When you are ready to propose to someone, the ring is an important piece. Take your time when you are selecting an engagement ring to make sure you pick out one which is the right style and represents the person who you are buying the ring for.