17th February 2016

While getting engaged is a wonderful and joyous experience, there’s one aspect that strikes fear into men (and women) around the world. Getting the perfect engagement ring.

However, with a bit of guidance, finding the right ring doesn’t have to be an ordeal, and can in fact be an enjoyable experience, especially when you see that look of joy (and perhaps surprise) on your partner’s when they see their perfect ring staring back at them.

Try To Get In Their Head

If you don’t already know your partner’s dream ring, or the first thing about their style preferences, don’t worry! It’s not the end of the world.

Sound out those who are closest to them, whether it be friends or family to find out what they like.

On a bit of a side note, be careful who you entrust with this valuable information! You don’t want that one blabbermouth friend ruining the whole surprise of the proposal.

Also try and glean as much as you can from their other fashion choices. One look at your bank balance will likely tell you whether your partner has expensive taste or is happy with a more conservative approach, but also try and keep an eye out for if they prefer to keep ahead of the latest trends, or are more partial to a bit of vintage.

Also note their existing jewellery and make sure the ring complements it. A huge gleaming rock won’t go well with a hand of understated rings.

Finding Out Their Size (On The Down Low)

There’s a lot of emphasis on getting the right sized ring for your loved one, but in all honesty it’s not the end of the world.

While it would be ideal to get the sizing spot on straight away, it’s really not that much hassle to have a ring resized.

But to give yourself the best shot at getting things right first time around, you’re going to have to channel your inner cat-burglar (if such a thing exists) and shadily steal an existing ring which you can sneak off to the jeweller who can tell you the size.

One thing to remember though: make sure you get a ring that’s worn on the ring finger!

Alternatively you can download a ring sizing guide which you can print out such as this one from Argos.

Choosing The Stone

Traditionally, diamond has been the most popular gemstone when it comes to engagement rings, but coloured stones are seeing a bit of a surge in popularity.

Coloured gemstones are also only likely to rise in value, which is an added bonus. Aside from the aesthetics, make sure that you’re buying a fairly hard and robust stone as the ring it hopefully going to be worn every day and needs to be able to stand up to many years of wear and tear.

Buying Vintage

While some may think that it’s a requirement to buy a brand spanking new ring for their engagement, there’s nothing wrong with going vintage!

Of course, it’s all dependent on the person you’re buying for. If they’re the kind who prefers trawling the vintage shops to the high street, then check out an antique retailer such as Antique Rings Online.

How Much To Spend?

And so we come to perhaps the most important question. While there are all sorts of apparent rules about spending a certain percentage of your salary, or a multiple of your monthly earnings, it’s truly down to the individual.

While we wouldn’t want to encourage you to spend more than you can afford when it comes to a ring, an engagement ring is a very important piece, and so you need to make sure that the amount you’re spending does make a little bit of an uncomfortable dent in your balance. Trust us, it’ll be worth it!

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