The first thing a guy has to buy if he plans to propose to his lover is an engagement ring. The best way to buy her an engagement ring she’ll love is to let her pick it out herself. But how do you achieve this without giving away the element of a surprise proposal? Well, let’s help sort that issue:
Paying attention to her jewelery likes and dislikes is the first big step towards finding her the perfect engagement ring: What metal colour does she wear now? Most women have a definite preference. If she loves white gold or platinum, don’t even look at a diamond or other stone mounted in a yellow gold ring setting.
What Looks Best on Her Hands?
An elongated diamond, such as a marquise or oval, can make short fingers look sleeker — but be careful not to overdo the look or it could have the opposite effect. Wide bands usually make fingers appear even shorter than they are, so think proportional. Women with long fingers can easily wear bold ring styles. A setting that’s extremely delicate could get lost on large hands, over-emphasize their size and make the ring look smaller.
Choose the right shape and setting
Round diamonds are the number one shape chosen by brides, but maybe not your bride. She might prefer an elongated marquise, oval, or pear-shaped stone, or a square or emerald cut diamond. Fancier shapes, such as hearts, are another option. Do you think she’d like a solitaire diamond, set alone in a band, or would she prefer a cluster of stones? Her current jewelery can give you clues about her preferences.
Consider her lifestyle
How will the ring fit in with her lifestyle? Does she work in a profession where fussy jewelery would look out of place? Even if she doesn’t, remember that a pointed gem with high prongs could snag clothing (and people) and is harder to keep clean. Save that type of ring for gifts that will be worn on special occasions, not every day.
What’s her ring size?
Does she have rings that she wears on her engagement finger? Maybe a friend or family member could get hold of one of them long enough for you to have it sized. Of course, you’ll have to swear the messenger to secrecy.
Consider buying a loose diamond
Now that you have a better feel for the style of ring she might prefer, it’s time to consider the diamonds that will go into it. Start with the Four Cs: cut, clarity, carat and colour. If you think you know which shape she loves, buy a loose diamond to show her when you ask the big question. The two of you can shop together later for the perfect engagement ring setting.
Consider your budget
Your engagement ring budget is a top consideration. Don’t stress if your budget is tight because you can buy an affordable engagement ring. There are lots of excellent options, from solitaires to rings with multiple diamonds or other gems.
By Damilola Faustino