Ready to Pop the Question?
If you’re ready to “put a ring on it” and start browsing for an engagement ring, there are a few things you’ll need to know. You need to know your budget so you can shop within your limit, you need to know how to protect your investment by getting the ring insured, but first and foremost, you need to know your audience. Here’s what you need to know in order to find the perfect engagement ring for your future-fiancée.
1. You need to know her ring size. After you propose (and she says yes, of course), she’ll want to put that rock right on her ring finger, so don’t deprive her of that moment just because you forgot to get it correctly sized. Besides, you wouldn’t want her to think the ring was recycled from a previous proposal, would you? (You know how cuckoo ladies can be sometimes, God love ‘em.) To keep the proposal a surprise, discretely ask one of her friends to find out her ring size or borrow one of her rings from her jewelry box and return it before she can notice that it’s missing.
2. You need to know her style. Pay attention to the type of jewelry she wears on a daily basis. If she seems to favor silver over yellow gold, opt for a white gold or platinum setting. If she seems to prefer more classic pieces over those with intricate designs, opt for a simple setting with a plain band and a single stone. If she tends to wear a lot of jewelry or multiple rings at a time, make sure your engagement ring can stand out in the crowd. If she’s less traditional, skip the standard diamond and look for an alternative stone, like a black diamond, a sapphire, an emerald, a ruby, a pearl, or even her birthstone.
3. You need to know her best friend. If you’re thinking marriage, you should probably be acquainted with each other’s closest friends anyway, but if you aren’t, this is the ideal time to bond with your lady’s bestie, since she or he will probably be the maid or man of honor at your wedding. You may think you alone can handle the task of selecting the perfect engagement ring, but it’s always helpful to get a second opinion from someone who knows your future-fiancée as well as (if not better than) you do.
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