Jewelry

Choosing That Perfect Engagement Ring

Written by Maria Lye

You have decided that now is the time to pop the question to your loved one. Now you have your work cut out for you in terms of what you do next. Social media has led to immense pressure on those about to propose in terms of how and where they actually do it. The old romantics among us really know how to put on a show and make the proposal one that their loved one will never forget. Others will find buying the engagement ring a hugely stressful experience. If this is you, then now is the time to relax as we are about to give you some pointers in getting at least this bit of the process right.

Set a Limit

Engagement rings represent a symbol of love and are a sign that you want to take your relationship to another level. In theory then, the price of the ring should not be an issue. Unfortunately, it is. There is a lot of pressure to spend astronomical amounts when buying an engagement ring, and you may be overwhelmed in a jewelry store when the assistant starts asking what type of gold you would prefer and how many carats the diamond should be.

Before you go shopping for an engagement ring, set a limit of what you are comfortable spending. Some say that two months’ salary is the rule of thumb when setting a limit, but it makes more sense to set a price you can afford and choosing the nicest ring you can up to this limit. Going into debt before you have even started your married life is just dumb and makes no sense.

Fortunately, buying from a store such as Macy’s means that you can get cashback when you order online. Visit your local store to choose the perfect ring and then get Macy’s cashback by clicking through to the website via a cashback site such as RebatesMe. Depending on how much you spend, you could get hundreds of dollars back.

Establish the Ring Size

Before you actually order or purchase an engagement ring from the jewelers, you will need to know what ring size your partner is. For this you might need some help. The best way to do this is to get one of your partner’s rings and take it to the jewelers to be measured. If you cannot do this yourself, ask a friend or sibling to do it for you.

Choosing the Right Style

If you really want your proposal to go well, choosing a ring your partner will love is important. If you choose a ring that is not her style, it might mean she does not want to wear it. Think about the jewelry she normally wears. Is it big and blingy, or more understated and simple? Knowing what she likes will give you a heads-up regarding the type of engagement ring she will want to show off to the world.

Get Some Help

Choosing the band and stone can be difficult so getting help is important. Jewelry store assistants can help you choose between yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, silver, and platinum by asking some questions about your other half.

When it comes to choosing the stone, diamonds are typical; however, if you are like most men then you will probably not have a clue about the different types. The cut, color, clarity, and carat will all contribute to the price you pay for the diamond. A good store assistant will explain all this to you in more detail.

Now you know what you need to about purchasing that perfect engagement ring, you only have to think about where to propose.

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Maria Lye