True love, they say, runs deep and is never meant to come cheap! A man who has decided to spend the rest of his life with the lady of his dreams must be prepared to get the perfect engagement ring, as this may be one of the most important pieces of jewelry he will ever buy in his lifetime. However, it is important to understand that rings are different in colors, shapes and designs, making it something that can’t be chosen at random. With that in mind, with just a little bit of effort (and some very useful tips) this conquest can be made with ease; keep reading and you’ll see!
Set a Budget
Let us remember that the engagement ring, on its own, is a representation of feeling and should not in any way run you into debt – that’s simply not the recipe for a happy life with your partner! For example, an engagement ring with many diamonds may cost up to a month or two of your salary, which is not always realistic. If you are operating on a tight budget, it becomes a daunting task choosing a ring she loves at a cost you can actually afford, taking away from this happy moment. In this case, a good rule of thumb is the “two month rule”, which says that the appropriate amount a man should spend on an engagement ring should not be more than his salary over a two to three months period. That said, everyone is different and you should stick within a budget that works for you.
Decide on What Kind of Ring to Buy
There are many different kinds of rings out there which can make the perfect engagement ring; it’s just a matter of choice! You will have to decide whether to go for a diamond, a gemstone or a completely bespoke engagement ring, all being great options, depending on the woman, of course! You can decide to go for a customized diamond ring that surely creates the ‘buzz’ of the moment, as jewelers are always willing to create an extraordinary ring within your budget. Whichever the case may be, keep in mind the four C’s: Clarity, Carat, Color and Cut.
Know When to Shop
Keep an eye on the local jewelers to know when they run their sales, as well as watching the many great engagement ring jewelers online. Many jewelers (both online and offline) run sales towards the end of November, December, January and February, as to target Christmas and Valentine celebrations. This will help you in choosing the perfect ring you desire at a discount, so don’t miss your chance (if you have one)!
Choose the Design She Likes
It could be simple and straight or elaborate and intricate, you just have to know her taste. Take a peek at the jewelry your lady already has, as this will give some definite clues towards what colors of stone she prefers, whether she likes silver or gold (women always have a preference!), and so on. If her taste is in the area of visually opulent jewelry, then it is a fair choice to pick a ring with an assortment of gemstones, otherwise you can (usually) never go wrong with diamonds.
Know Her Size
Everything will come to tatters if the “perfect engagement ring” is not comfortable to wear. Remember that this ring is worn continuously for a long time and must be very comfortable on the finger. Therefore, naturally, it is important you know her ring size! A common trick to know this (if you are planning a surprise) is to trace the outline of her ring onto a piece of paper and use it to get an exact match of her finger. Or, be a bit more sneaky, and follow this guide to finding her ring size.
Shopping for an engagement ring for most men is sometimes an overwhelming experience, but really, if you follow these guidelines, it can be much smoother than expected! Let your girl know just how much you love and care for her by choosing a ring which speaks volumes, ensuring a long lasting unity of marriage for the years to come!