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Finding the right engagement ring is a big task. Here are 5 tips to ensure the perfect ring purchase!
1. Know your Partner’s Ring Size
This task seems obvious but is the most important. Purchasing the right size ring avoids the trip to the jeweler after the proposal and ensures your partner’s “I said yes” photos are a success. To find their ring size, you could look at their other rings, ask a friend or family member, or ask them directly.
2. Learn the Different Cuts of a Diamond
Ring shopping can be overwhelming. Doing your research beforehand could save you some stress and time. With each ring there is a specific cut of diamond or gem. The diagram below will show the difference.
Study the different shapes and pick whichever fits your partner!
3. Set your Budget
An engagement ring is meant to last a lifetime, and the price definitely reflects that. While you want something that will awe your partner, it is important to stay within your means. According to The Knot 2020 Jewelry and Engagement Study, “the average cost of an engagement ring is $5,500.” However, you can find cheaper alternatives to the traditional diamond. For example, lab-grown diamonds, moissanite, and morganite are becoming more and more popular amongst ring buyers for their less expensive cost and more ethical sourcing.
4. Ask Friends or Family
Odds are your partner has discussed the possibility of engagement rings with friends and family. Look to them for guidance! You could take her friend ring shopping with you or just get lunch to discuss the details. By involving friends and family, you are more likely to pick your partner’s ideal ring. If all else fails, don’t be afraid to do some social media research by stalking their Pinterest engagement boards. (Trust me we all have them!)
5. Think Outside the Ring
While the ring is the star of the show, think of the presentation of the ring. The ring box will be kept alongside the ring forever and ever. Why not make it memorable as well? Does your partner have a favorite shape or color? Consider choosing a ring box that fits their preferences. Those little touches show your attention to detail and go a long way.
Voeu Du Coeur Star Ring Box, from $87, etsy.com
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