How to Choose an Engagement Ring

Proposing to your partner is usually a decision that has been long in the making, even when the actual proposal happens to be a spur-of-the-moment, spontaneous event. Whether you’ve been together for ten years or six months, you will have learned enough about your partner to know, deep down, that this is the person you can see yourself waking up next to for the rest of your life. Choosing the right engagement ring for your partner will probably be the hardest part during this exciting new phase of your life, but if you go about it with the same feeling of love, joy and enthusiasm as you did when you proposed, you’re already half way there.

The perfect ring should stand out from all others and there are many different styles of engagement ring to choose from. It should speak to you in the same way your partner’s eyes spoke to you the first time you saw him/her from across the room. There should be a particular detail about the ring that reminds you of your partner – perhaps a gemstone that matches her eyes (a topaz, to match her baby-blue eyes, for example), a moonstone to celebrate her femininity or a green tourmaline, a true power stone for men.

Consider the jewellery your partner wears on a day to day basis – are his/her rings usually chunky and with a wide band, or delicate, with a thin band and tiny, subtle details? Do your research before you head to the ring shop and inform the shop assistant of your findings to save yourself some time. Don’t allow your mind to be bogged down by what you think the ring should look like – engagement rings no longer need to be classic, nor do they need to come with a sparkling diamond. Your choice should be entirely based on your partner’s personality and style, so if they’re not usually into vintage rings, a vintage engagement ring won’t change that either.

Many a website and other media outlets will have you believe that you should spend a certain amount of money on an engagement ring as a means to reflect your partner’s worth. This approach to engagement ring shopping is entirely outdated if not insulting to the modern woman/man. Don’t go over your budget to try and prove something – spend whatever you feel comfortable with. Buying an engagement ring shouldn’t be cause for financial issues and anxiety, it should be a celebratory moment so stick to your budget and don’t be afraid to go below budget if you happen to find the perfect engagement ring at a cheap price. It’s not the amount of zeros at the end of the number that counts, but the thought!

If you find yourself getting extremely stuck on which engagement ring to choose for your partner, there may be a few modern tools that could help you further. These days there is hardly a person left on the planet without several social media accounts, some of which could be really helpful in deciding on a particular style for your partner’s engagement ring. Social media channels such as Instagram and Pinterest are all focused on beautiful photography, and if your partner is a fan of jewellery, chances are they might be following various accounts dedicated to jewellery. Time to “stalk” your partner’s accounts and see whether she/he has left any interesting clues for you!

Choosing the right engagement ring can be an overwhelming experience, but it will be one you will remember for a lifetime – if not for the actual shopping part, then definitely for the moment your partner sees their ring for the very first time!

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