Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring
Found “The One”? Check. Asked her father for her hand? Check. Planned the perfect proposal? Check. Bought the ring?
Buying an engagement ring can be overwhelming as there is a lot of pressure going into it. This piece of jewellery symbolizes your love for your girlfriend. It is a token of your willingness to take the next steps into your relationship and it’ll give her something to show off to her friends and family.
For many men, purchasing their lady’s engagement ring will be their first experience in the world of jewellery. When they walk into a jewellery store, they’re bombarded with terms and concepts that they’ve never even thought of before. Setting? Inclusions? Bands? What do all of these mean? Fear not. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you on your journey to purchasing the perfect engagement ring for the woman of your dreams. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Budget it out!
First thing you’ll need to consider is how much you want to spend on this ring. This will help the jeweller show you options that are in your price range. Keep in mind that like buying a car, the price of an engagement ring can often be negotiated. You may have been told in the past that a man is supposed to spend 2 months salary on an engagement ring. This is not always true. This idea started as part of a crafty ad campaign by DeBeers company in the 1940’s. But there’s nothing romantic about going into debt before paying for the actual wedding.
Try to make yourself a budget to buy your future wife the ring she deserves for the best price for your wallet. In the end, the amount of money you spend on an engagement ring does not matter, but rather the thought that goes into purchasing it. Most women would much rather save the money for a romantic honeymoon over some rocks on her Finger.
One big mistake is delaying your proposal because you think you can’t afford a good ring. Whatever ring you buy her will be a symbol of your love, regardless of the rock size, quality or cut of the ring. Any ring will be enough of a sign that you spent time, effort and money to make sure your girl is happy. After all, you’ll have forever to get her a nicer ring, if you please, for an anniversary or birthday present.
Step 2: Get Her Ring Size
This is where a lot of men fall short in the purchasing process. They’ll have already found the perfect ring, but don’t even know if it will fit correctly. It’s proposal time and you’re getting down on one knee, she says yes but when you go to put the ring on, it doesn’t fit! This happens way too often. It may be an awkward moment but all hope isn’t lost. You’ll just need to take the ring back to the jeweller to have it properly fitted. But it’s best to avoid the potential embarrassment during your proposal by making sure the size is correct, to begin with.
The best way to discretely get your girlfriend’s ring size is to steal one of her rings from her jewellery box and have it measured at a jeweller. If you want to maintain the surprise factor, you’ll need to return it before she notices it’s missing. Maybe try to retrieve it while she’s getting ready in the bathroom or ask one of her friends to help take her away for the day or just pick a ring she doesn’t wear much so she won’t notice it’s absence.
Step 3: Figure Out Her Style
You always want to try to pick a ring that fits your woman’s unique style and preference. Getting a ring that she’s always dreamed of will score you brownie points for romance and she’ll remember it forever.
You will need to bring out your inner James Bond to find out what style and type of ring your lady might want. When you’re around her, take note of what type of jewellery she wears on a day to day basis. Does she like a lot of gold? Or is she a silver or platinum kinda gal? Perhaps there’s a particular stone she likes, such as her birthstone, that she’d prefer over a diamond. Does she like simple, minimal pieces? Or does she favour statement pieces?
Think about her personality and how she holds herself; is she the outgoing type that might want to show off the rocks to everyone she meets? Then maybe go for more of a ravishing statement piece. Is she a more down-to-earth woman who doesn’t wear much jewellery at all? Look for something more minimal but still alluring.
Another way to get a feel for her ring preferences is to straight-up take her right to a jewellery store. Try to think up an excuse to take her to one. Maybe say that you want to go get some new shoes at the mall and that you’d like her to come to give you her opinion. As you’re walking through the department store, casually go past a Helzberg Jewelry store and act like you want to look at watches. While you’re busy pretending to be interested in the Omegas, keep a look at your woman as she walks toward the jewellery.
Make a mental note of everything she gazes at longer. Try to point out some of the jewellery and compliment it to get her reaction on it. Go back to looking at watches until you’re ready to leave and your mission is accomplished.
Step 4: The Engagement Ring Band
Out of the variety of metals to choose from for the ring’s band, yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, platinum, and silver are the most commonly picked. You can even do a mix of metals as well.
There are advantage and disadvantages to each metal. For example, platinum is extremely durable and will hold up for a long time. However, it can dull over time more and lose it’s lackluster faster than gold. Gold is a shinier metal than platinum and because it’s a soft metal, buffing and polishing it will a lot easier. This can also be a disadvantage, as it will wear down faster than platinum. 15 to 20 years in, and the ring may already be worn too thin.
While you may want to take in consideration the durability of the band, your future wife is probably more interested in the aesthetics of it. Silver engagement rings are the most popular at the moment. If your woman is trendy and on top of the latest fashion trends, a platinum or white gold band will be your best bet. For a more classic type of gal, go with a traditional yellow gold band.
Elysian Diamonds specializes in creating the perfect engagement ring for the woman of your dreams. Go through the steps above and when you’re ready, contact us and we will get you on your way to the perfect ring for the perfect proposal.