Buying an engagement ring is one of the most amazing experiences in life, but it’s also an experience that’s filled with unexpected situations and emotions. The reality of choosing an engagement ring is not nearly as nerve-wracking as proposing marriage but it still ranks fairly high up on the scale of life’s challenges. We collected a few special hints to help you in your quest for the perfect ring.
- The topic of jewelry suddenly becomes much more interesting
Even if you don’t know the difference between a carat and a facet, you soon will be talking about these parameters with perfect familiarity—all because you’ve decided to propose. All conversation around jewelry becomes more riveting, especially if she is talking about her taste in jewelry. Only by paying careful attention will be you be able to utilize these important facts to shop intelligently for her ring.
Remember that if at first glance all diamonds look the same, you’ll soon be singing the praises of some stones that have great cut, carat, clarity and color.
- Hitting below the budget
No matter how well you plan, buying a good quality engagement ring will be expensive because diamonds are expensive. Even when they’re on sale, they are still expensive. So to get quality, you have to pay for it. Just remember what your budget is and stick to, despite the pleading of that sales person behind the counter. Remind yourself that you’re driving the bus.
It’s also important to remember that if you want a ring that is truly unique, you can design the ring yourself. A custom ring is not necessarily an expensive ring, but because it bears the name of “custom,” you can expect to make it very original.
- Think about what she would buy
When you’re buying a ring for your gal, it’s easy to get confused about what type of ring to purchase. Remember that you are looking for a type of ring she would buy, not a ring that you like. Even though you are the one spending the money, she will be wearing the ring for the rest of her life. Make sure that what you are buying is a ring she would like, not just something that is ring that is a bargain for other reasons.
- Her friends are your friends
Now is the perfect time to get to know her friends better. Why? Because her friends can tell you more about your gal’s taste in rings than almost any other people in her life. If you want to make sure that you are purchasing the ring of her dreams, ask her girlfriends to help you shop for it or help you design it. She will love the end product and you will have gained the respect–and hopefully the affection–of her friends.
- Get ready to rest
Once you’ve purchased the ring, the real work begins. Let’s hope you’re still on good terms with her friends because they can help you arrange the most amazing proposal imaginable. It’s also doesn’t hurt to remember that this could be your one chance at giving your best girl the proposal of a lifetime.