Congratulations, you’ve found the girl you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now comes the part she has been waiting and dreamt of, and you can’t screw it up! We know there can be a lot of pressure when it comes to getting the proposal just right, so we have answered all the questions relating to the engagement ring, and any man getting ready to pop the question will appreciate a little engagement ring inspiration. So all you have to do now is plan how to propose!
WHAT IS HER RING SIZE?
First things first, you’re going to need to find out her ring size. You don’t want to make it obvious what you’re up to, so you’ll have to use some tact. Most engagement rings can be resized if necessary, but it would be nice to get it right the first time. The easiest way is to borrow one of the rings she already owns and take it to the jeweller. They’ll be able to tell you right away. Failing that, get creative! Next time you hold her hand make a mental note of the size of her ring finger and draw it on a piece of paper as soon as you can.If that doesn’t work, you should call her mother. If all else fails, the average size is 6 to 6.5. Go with that and cross your fingers.
WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?
Next, you have to plan a budget. You have to be realistic with what you spend. Most brides would rather enjoy a more glamorous honeymoon or a larger first home over a slightly bigger diamond. Make a list of all of the projected expenses (there are more than you think) and find out what you can comfortably set aside for the engagement ring.
WHAT IS HER PERSONAL STYLE?
You have to listen to the hints. If she has been pushing for a proposal for a while or suspects what you’re planning, it’s almost certain that she’ll be dropping hints. She wants you to get it right just as much as you do. Identifying her perfect style can be broken down into 3 main categories:
Overall Look: Who is she as a person? Is she a classic beauty that will always outshine the diamond? Is she a little edgy, always trying to do things a little differently? Is she nostalgic, preferring a retro look? If you look closely enough, you’ll find that every ring has a personality almost as unique as your future wife!
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO GET?
Most future grooms focus on the size and sparkle of the diamond but are not overly educated on everything else that goes into the ring. After identifying her perfect style you’ll want to identify a number of other components starting with the diamond.
Diamonds (or other precious stones if she prefers) have a wide variety of cuts, colours, clarities, carats, and shapes to choose from. The overall cost has a lot to do with what you can choose from, but even a modest budget can go a long way with the right choices. After you choose the diamond, put some thought into the Head (the prongs that hold the diamond to the ring, the Shoulder (the area of the ring where the head sits), the side stones (any diamond that is not the main diamond), and the mounting (the ring itself).
CAN I GET SOME RING IDEAS?
The Perfect Simple Engagement Ring
The Cushion Cut Engagement Ring
The Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
The Unique & Hand Crafted Engagement Ring
The Fancy & Split Shank Engagement Ring
The Single Stone & Delicate Engagement Ring
SO NOW WHAT DO I CHOOSE?
There are different colours, metals, stones, shapes, and thicknesses that can drastically change the look of the diamond and overall style. With enough research and field trips, you’ll find the perfect combination for her.
Don’t forget the paperwork: Engagement rings usually come with a warranty, insurance, and sometimes even a story. Vintage jewellers often get their inventory from estate sales and can provide a meaningful origin story to provide an extra layer of sentiment.
REMEMBER, IT DOESNT HAVE TO BE A DIAMOND
Morganite Engagement Rings
Morganite is a stunning stone that is beautifully classy and elegant. It has a rosy tint and looks beautiful on any colour band.
Perhaps you would rather not have a stone at all. There are beautiful Celtic style options with knotted bands that take the place of the stone altogether.
NOW YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION
Make sure to leave plenty of time to browse as many looks as you can, and visit as many local jewellers as you can. You’ll want to get a sense of everything that’s out there so that you can make an educated, no-pressure decision. If all of this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. It’s very likely that you’ll know the perfect ring the second you see it. If you’re still nervous, invite her friends and family along. They’ll know what she likes.
In all of this, listen to your heart and hopefully a hint from you future MRS. Whatever your tastes and personality, your perfect ring exists. We hope these perfect engagement ring ideas inspire you to make a right choice.