4 Engagement Ring Purchase Tips
Whether you have been dating for years or you have only dated a short time, once you decide you are ready to get married, one of the first steps is to pick out the perfect engagement ring. If you have already looked at rings, you probably already know there are a lot of options. To make your engagement ring shopping experience a little easier, we want to provide you with four tips.
First, consider her style. While some couples go engagement ring shopping together, often the man wants the ring to be a surprise. Although it is not the most subtle way to go about it, if you really do not know her jewelry style or if you want her input, consider either having her show you pictures of what she likes, or go ring browsing together, having her point out what she likes the best. In this way, you can still make the ultimate decision on the ring, but you will know it is something she will like.
One thing you might want to take into consideration when picking out the ring is whether she is more of a traditionalist or if she would want something a little more unique. Would she want something that looks a lot like her friends’ engagement rings, or would she want something that really stands out? Maybe she wants a wavy band or a center stone with smaller stones surrounding it leaf-like patterns. Maybe she just wants the band with little to no other decoration. Knowing her preferences can help you to pick something she will love.
A second thing to consider is the metal she wants for the band. While platinum and other metals can be used to make jewelry, gold is the most popular metal for engagement rings. The two main gold colors are either yellow or white gold, although rose gold is another popular option. You can get a feel for her preferred metal by paying attention to the jewelry she wears typically. While some women have an assortment of yellow, white, and rose gold, other women have a clear preference. If you are unsure, you may consider asking her female friends or relatives.
Third, it is important to take into consideration the size of her fingers and hands. While a ring with a huge center stone might look great on a woman with long fingers, especially if she has larger hands, it might just look bulky and seem to take over her whole hand if she has shorter fingers and a small hand overall.
If she has super skinny fingers, it might also be unrealistic to purchase an elaborate ring with an assortment of stones. The ring might not be able to be sized to fit her finger. The stones may crush into her adjoining fingers and make wearing the ring uncomfortable. Something simpler but still beautiful might work better in this case.
Of course, the final, and perhaps most important thing to take into consideration is your budget. While simple bands can be purchased for under $1,000, you can also spend several thousand dollars on a ring. Some celebrities spend well over $1 million on rings. Before going engagement ring shopping, decide what you can afford to spend. This is essential in the engagement ring shopping process. Establishing a budget can also aid sales personnel and others in pointing you toward possible options.
Of course, ultimately picking out the engagement ring is up to you, but if you have any other questions or you are ready to make an engagement ring purchase, contact us. We look forward to helping you select the perfect ring, and we wish you the best of luck in your future.