Proposing these days isn’t always about the big surprise. Many people either know it’s coming, or even have a say in the ring choice too.
If you’re taking your beloved shopping for the ring, it does change the situation a little. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind!
Be open to new ideas and styles. Just because diamond engagement rings are the accepted norm doesn’t mean you have to stick to it if you fall for an alternative gemstone.
A sapphire, ruby, emerald, or other stone can be just as beautiful and meaningful, and if you come across one, with an open mind, you might just end up with one of these gorgeous coloured stones instead!
Turn down a ring that your fiancé loves without at least letting her try it on first.
You may come across a ring that’s out of your budget or that simply doesn’t appeal to your personal taste. If that’s the case, but your partner disagrees, at least let them try it on first. They might change their mind as soon as it’s on, and even if they don’t, you can voice your concerns once it’s clear that you’ve given it a chance.
Stick to your budget.
With the light of a stunning engagement ring twinkling in your fiance’s eyes, it can be tough to say no and all-too easy to sign up for more finance than you’d bargained for. Decide on a budget that you can afford, or that you know you can pay off over time, and stick with it.
If there’s a particular style she loves, but the ring is out of your set budget, consider looking for the same style but with a smaller or more affordable stone. You can even get the ring made especially with a custom design.
Look in just one store. The variety of engagement rings available is absolutely huge, so visiting as many stores as you can is a good way of seeing a range of them to get a feel for the styles and stones you like best.
Even if you still go back to the very first ring you tried on, you’ll be more sure of your final choice after seeing what’s out there first.
Have secret signals. Before you go shopping, figure out a way to show each other how you feel about the ring in front of you.
Many people feel uncomfortable telling a sales assistant that they don’t like a style, but it’s important that your partner knows exactly what you think.
Feel dejected if you can’t find something you love. Similarly, don’t accept second-best when you don't find “the one” straight away.
This ring is one that your partner will wear for the rest of her life, so if you can’t find just the right ring, don’t give up. Keep looking, or head to a jeweller for a custom design so you can work to create your own unique masterpiece that’s exactly what you want.