Posted on: 24 August 2017Share
It's one of the biggest decisions of your entire life — asking the person you love most in the world to marry you. Making the decision to propose is a big deal, but so is the ring you plan on giving to your partner. This ring should reflect your partners personal style, so don't just buy the first ring you see. Take your time when making this decision and shop around. See below for other tips to help guide you through this decision.
Figure Out Your Budget
You should save some money prior to making this purchase. Diamond engagement rings can be costly, depending on what you're looking for. Typically, a ring should cost about 3 months salary. Don't go overboard though, if you don't have this kind of money to spend - you shouldn't. Figure out your own personal budget depending on your finances, and ask about any special financing that may be available so you can make payments instead if that works better for you.
Think About Your Partner's Style
What is your partner's style — classic, traditional, modern, artistic? Your partner's style should be reflected in the ring and diamonds that you choose. Someone that is more classic or traditional may want a ring with just a solitaire diamond setting in either round or princess cut. Modern styles may prefer a ring with a solitaire diamond setting and baguette diamonds on either side or completely surrounding the band. An artistic style may prefer a diamond with a uniquely shaped band. Pay attention to your partner's style and make your decision based on that.
You may not know your partner's ring size, but you should try to get close. You can have the ring sized, but if you have to have it sized too much it can change the style of the ring altogether. Try to bring in a ring that your partner wears sometimes, or ask one of her friends for help with this information.
The 4 Cs
The 4 Cs — cut, clarity, color, and carat — are all important when choosing a diamond. Ask your jeweler for help with this, as your budget will affect what you can afford. If you can afford a better quality diamond, but it's on the smaller size, it's going to be a better investment than paying for a larger diamond that is poor quality. Pay attention to the ratings of the diamond and ask for the gem certification when you purchase your diamond.
Choosing the perfect partner is one of the biggest decisions of your life. Choose a diamond that fits this perfect person, and take your time doing so.