She is your dear one, she warms up your heart and her touch sends you to a never-ending summer. Her eyes light up with a thousand diamonds when she smiles at you – this is your very own fairytale – Happy Forever After….
Well, congratulations on finding that special someone to spend the rest of your life with! You’ve decided to propose to her and ask her to marry you, but without that very special engagement ring, your fancy date will just be dinner and a movie.
It’s an intimidating journey to find “the ring” for the woman you adore, but choosing an engagement ring doesn’t have to be a confusing situation. We’ve compiled our best advice to keep you and your money safe whilst on your journey to find the ring.
- Set a minimum / maximum budget
Decide what you are willing to spend on the ring. You may have heard advice to set aside about two to three months’ salary on a ring. This is steady advice, although sometimes simply unattainable. Start with about four to six weeks’ worth of pay and be willing to go up to about 3 months salary if necessary.
- Choose your timing
Let’s not forget that the real goal here is to get her to say “yes”. If you want to propose at a certain event or milestone, but can’t afford a ring, don’t delay. Many women love to have an input on the design after she’s already said yes. Promise rings are quite a fast-growing trend!
- Get some good advice
Ask for recommendations for trusted jewellers from friends and family. Make sure they have a good reputation and enjoy long term relationships with their clients. Take care if purchasing overseas as you may have little comeback if the ring is not what you think it is. Often the best, safest deals will be found locally.
- Learn her size
Instead of guessing her size, steal one of her rings to have it sized by a jeweller. She is unlikely to wear a ring already on her engagement finger so find out what happens if the size isn’t right. If you aren’t able to get a ring, get a ring that can be resized or exchanged.
- Know her style
You want to pick a ring that fits your woman’s unique style and preferences. Take note of the type of jewellery she wears. See if you can exchange it if she doesn’t like it.
There are many routes you can go;
Traditional with a modern twist
There’s no shortage of designers playing with the classic rock-on- a-ring. There are a ton of options for you to look at – you can go for stone-covered bands, try a shape that’s more architectural or more free-spirited and organic, or even get her multiple rings that “stack” on her finger.
When your lady is heavily influenced by old-school design and fashion- this is the route you take. Find a vintage ring by talking to your local jeweller.
When you love the rings on display, but none seem like the right one- go ahead and ask for a custom ring. Tell the designer everything you can about your partner and work with them to really nail the design.