A woman will wear her engagement ring forever. That can be stressful for a man; he wants something she’ll adore, something that she’ll be happy to show off for the rest of her life. This is why many couples now go ring shopping together; it eases the stress for the man, and the woman is guaranteed to get a stone she loves. Here are some tips on how to pick out a ring together.
Set a price limit
Before going anywhere near a store, decide how much you plan to spend. It doesn’t need to be an exact dollar amount, but a rough estimate to make sure you’re both on the same page. That way, your girlfriend won’t look at rings way out of your price range; you’ll avoid an awkward moment and a lot of disappointment.
Try on plenty
Picking out a ring is a huge decision– one that shouldn’t be rushed. Your girlfriend should try on as many as she can. If you’re lucky, there will be one special one that she falls in love with.
Or, she might not fall in love with a single ring. There might be a few that drew her in, that she seemed to like equally. If this is the case, you can use it to your advantage. Don’t buy the ring while she’s there. Instead, go back later and choose the one you liked best. This leaves an element of surprise to the proposal– she won’t know exactly what’s inside that little box. It also means you get to be part of the decision, and that it truly is something the two of you picked out together.
Know The 4 C’s
Even if you decide on a ring together, choosing the diamond itself could be left up to you. Pay attention when she is asking about a diamond’s grades. Learn what qualities are most important; for example, does she want a big diamond or a colorless one? If the setting and the stone are purchased separately, you’ll want to make sure the diamond is exactly what she wants.
Element of surprise
Proposals are exciting! Even though the ring won’t surprise her, the proposal itself still can. She’ll want a story to tell her family and friends about how you popped the question– even though she knows it’s coming, it should still be special.
There’s also a way to pick out the ring together, but still, make the proposal a complete surprise. Instead of proposing with a diamond ring, propose with another special gift– maybe a birthstone ring, or diamond earrings. Then, go shopping to pick out the ring together after you become engaged.
This article is contributed by Frank Fisher