So, you’ve reached a point in your relationship where you’re sure she’s the one and want to find the perfect ring to pop the question – congratulations! The engagement period is such an exciting milestone, brimming with emotions as you plan for your future together. Choosing the right engagement ring can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow a few key steps in the process.
Step 1: Budget
Since engagement rings are a true investment piece, budget is going to play a major part in the purchasing process so let’s get this part out of the way first. Your budget is going to dictate very specific parts of your diamond purchase such as carat, setting types, and grades, so knowing how much diamond you can afford before you step foot in the store will help narrow down your search.
So how do you know how much you can afford? The general guidelines suggest your budget should equal approximately two months’ worth of your salary. If, for example, your monthly income is $2,000, your budget would be around $4,000. By extension then, if your monthly salary is $5,000, your budget would be $10,000, and so on.
Step 2: Her Style
Unless she has given you specific hints (which is entirely possible), it may be difficult to pinpoint what type of ring your significant other will love. With so many different styles and settings, it can be overwhelming to try and make the best choice, but rest assured, there are hints you can watch for to help guide you.
Take a look at her personal style (her wardrobe, hairstyles), her choice of accessories (purses, other jewelry), and consider her lifestyle. If her style is sleek and modern (suits, clean lines, simple yet professional style), she would likely prefer a more contemporary setting (think solitaire rounds or princess cuts) with simplistic beauty. If she has a more classic look (comfortable yet put-together, polished but timeless looks that look great for years), then she would likely prefer a ring with the same attributes such as a vintage setting.
Step 3: Do Your Research
Once you have a good idea of the style and budget for your ring, you can narrow it down further by doing a bit more research. Your first step should be to take a look at her current jewelry collection. Does she have mainly silver-tones or is she a yellow or rose-gold kind of woman? How do you choose between precious metals? Her collection should tell you, but if you still have questions, there are other ways to find out her preferences without actually asking her.
If she has a Pinterest page, that’s a great place to find inspiration for her likes and dislikes. Probably the most valuable resource, however, are her friends and family. Talk to those close to her and find out if she’s ever mentioned specifics to them (chances are she has). Even if she hasn’t, her friends and family know her best and are likely to have some fantastic pointers for you to steer you in the right direction. If all else fails, try taking her shopping and just observe what catches her eye. When you’re wandering around the jewelry section of a department store, does she gravitate toward any certain tones or styles? Above all, the piece you choose for her should be one that reflects who she is, so paying attention to what she is drawn to in other areas should be your guide.