How to find a unique engagement ring she’ll love
It’s finally happened, you have decided that your significant other is the one you want to watch Netflix with for the rest of your life. You can almost stomach the thought of drinking her kale smoothies and having her meatless sandwiches for lunch everyday (you know you’re going to sneak pizza slices and fast food on the DL). Now all you have to do is find the perfect engagement ring and pop the question.
Before you start trying to break into her secret Pinterest wedding board for clues, we’ve compiled a quick guide to help streamline your search. At the end of the day, the quality of your relationship and marriage is what needs the biggest investment, not the price tag of an engagement ring. However, she will be wearing the ring for a long time to come and you want her to wear it with pride. You’ll want her to smile every time she looks down at her finger. Here are four tips to help you choose a ring she’ll love:
1. RING STYLE
This can be the hardest part to figure out, but if you’re struggling, take some time to learn her style. Does she have a more simple, modern style, or does she love antiques and vintage furnishings? Her style of dress and the types of artwork or decor she has in her home are a good indicator of what style of engagement ring she would love.
2. SELECT THE GEMSTONE
Diamonds are the most popular—and also the most expensive. If money is a concern or you’re looking for something more unique, there are plenty of beautiful alternatives to consider such as sapphire or man-made diamonds like moissanite. Check out this handy gemstone chart on the popular wedding site, The Knot. If your girl is nontraditional, she may love a precious gem like her birthstone or a true-lover’s knot engagement ring that doesn’t include a stone but is still very beautiful and has a meaningful, romantic history.
3. CHOOSE THE PERFECT SHAPE
If you opted for a gemstone, the next big decision is what shape and cut you’d like. The way a gem is cut has the biggest impact on the beauty of the stone. The round shape with a brilliant cut typically gives the most sparkle and is the most popular, but there are so many shapes and cuts available it’s best to ask a reputable jeweler to show you the difference between the most common ones to help you zero in on what you want and what she’ll love.
4. FAMILY HEIRLOOM
Don’t forget to ask family about a possible heirloom piece. If your significant other is into vintage or antique items, check with your family (and her’s, depending on your relationship with them) to see if there might be a special ring in the family tree that you could propose with. Besides the significant cost savings to consider, it will come with unique significance and nostalgia. And, if you feel the setting may not be her style, a quality jeweler can always place the stones in a new setting that she’ll love.
Although these tips don’t cover every detail you’ll want to think about when it comes to finding an engagement ring your significant other will love, they will start you down the right path. A little research and planning now can help you put the perfect ring on your fiancé’s finger—one she’ll be proud to show off, that doesn’t necessarily break the bank.
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