The engagement ring is the most important aspect of a proposal. Any groom will tell you that planning a proposal is a scary process. The setting and the moment have to be just right. With a bit of creativity however, you can turn your marriage proposal into one the most memorable moments for both you and your beloved.
So how do you go about shopping for the ideal engagement ring? To ensure your lady is shedding tears of joy, not disappointment, when you go down on your knees and whip out that ring:
Do Your Research
Take time to learn a few basics about jewelry before you embark on the search for the right ring. Your choice will largely be determined by your budget, but other factors come into play such as preference and skin type. I’m sure you’ve heard it said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, or that diamonds last forever. They are a popular choice, but other affordable stones such as rubies, emeralds and zirconium also work. Learn the 4C’s of assessing quality, i.e. color, cut, clarity and carat weight. Check out different metal options such as gold, platinum and silver. Also learn about the different ways the stones are set in the ring for shape and style variation.
Set a Budget
Buying an engagement ring is an investment, so don’t skimp on the budget if you want quality. That being said, you also need to set a reasonable budget and stick to it, given the other expenses that crop up after the proposal. Having a budget limit will narrow down your choices and prevent you from falling in love with a ring that is out of your price range.
Enlist help from her Friends
Despite knowing all the above, you may still need to get some help from her close friends or relatives to pick the right engagement ring. Someone who knows her really well will be aware of her personal taste in jewelry. They may even know the exact ring your lady has been secretly wishing for. Additionally, because getting the right size ring is important, you may need her friend to ‘borrow’ one of her rings for you to measure. Finally, her friend could help set up the perfect proposal to make your lady swoon.
With these tips in mind, you are sure to find a ring that your lady will love without you breaking the bank. It will also give you the confidence and skill required when picking out wedding rings.