The Perfect Engagement Ring: Practical Considerations
If you finally raised the courage to ask her to marry you but still don’t have a clue as to the style of ring that you want to give her, the answer is easy. Just look for the clues.
Do you think she’d like a solitaire diamond set alone in a band, or would she prefer a cluster of various stones? Her current jewelry can give you clues about her preferences.
Think about the way your girl lives her life. Think about how the ring will fit in with her lifestyle. If she works in a profession where extravagant jewelry would look out of place, then aim for something on the conservative side. Even if she doesn’t work in this type of environment, remember that a pointed gem with high prongs could snag clothing and is harder to keep clean. Save that type of ring for gifts that will be worn on special occasions, not every day.
Of course you shouldn’t have to be reminded of this but for the sake of covering all the bases, don’t forget to get her ring size! Does she have rings that she wears on her engagement finger? Maybe a friend or family member could get a hold of one of them long enough for you to have it sized. Of course, you’ll have to swear the messenger to secrecy but you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a willing helper.
Now that you have a better feel for the style of ring she might prefer, it’s time to consider the stones that will go into it. Start with the Four C’s when shopping for precious stones. Consider a gemstone without a setting. What kind of gemstone does she like? Don’t just assume that she wants a diamond. Some women don’t. Sapphires and rubies are both durable gemstones that are often set into engagement rings for women who don’t like to wear diamonds. If you think you know which shape she loves, buy a loose stone to show her when you ask the big question. The two of you can shop together later for the perfect engagement ring setting.
Of course, you should never overestimate your budget. Your engagement ring budget is a top consideration. Don’t stress if your budget is tight because you can buy an affordable engagement ring. There are a lot of excellent options, from solitaires to rings with multiple diamonds or other gems. Many stores are willing to work with you.