On the hunt for an engagement ring or wedding bands? These simple reminders can surely make the process easier and more efficient for you.
Finding an engagement ring your girlfriend will love
Listen up, gentlemen! We know you're super excited to ask the woman of your life to get married, but at the same time, you may be worried about buying an engagement ring. Here are a few things to remember when you begin your search:
- Budget is important, so you need to decide on that first. There are no definite rules on setting a budget, but you should be comfortable with your chosen amount and that you can actually afford it. Also, consider the payment options that work for you. A lot of stores offer credit card installments, bank wire, and layaway as payment options.
- Select a ring style that your future fiancé would wear and would match nicely with the types of clothes she uses. You can base your choice on her personality too. Is she someone who likes to keep it simple and classic? Would she appreciate a non-traditional, nature-inspired ring? Does she prefer to look glamorous?
- Diamonds aren't always a girl's best friend, and they aren't the only options you have. Although they already have a reputation for being timeless, you can still explore other gemstones such as sapphire. Sapphires usually sell at cheaper prices than diamonds, and they come in different colors including blue, yellow, and pink.
- Learn about carat weight and how they are used to measure gemstones and compare diamonds.
- Diamonds are typically cut in ten standard shapes. If you want to be on the safe side, you can opt for the most common cut, which is circle. However, circles are usually more expensive, so you if you're looking to save some bucks, getting a non-round diamond would be a good option for you.
- Engagement ring metals are available in platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Platinum and white gold are the most common metals chosen for engagement rings, but the former is known for being more durable. Hence, it usually costs more.
- If you already have a design in mind, you can have the engagement ring customized. This assures you that your future fiancé will get something that's unique.
- Make sure you know her ring size. Of course, asking her point blank would be a giveaway, so you could sneak a ring from her jewelry box and use it as size reference. If you know she'll notice it gone, you can trace one of her rings to a piece of paper instead.