5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring
You’ve found the perfect woman and now all you need is the perfect engagement ring. And if you’ve already begun your search, you already know that finding that perfect ring can seem just as time consuming and challenging as finding the perfect woman.
But that’s just because you don’t yet know the basics of what makes the perfect engagement ring. Read up on the 5 below tips that’ll help you set your standards for exactly what you’re looking for!
Know Your Budget
The perfect engagement ring is one that is also perfectly within your budget. There are so many options to choose from that it’s easier than ever to find a ring that suits both your tastes and your budget.
The choices are endless so whether you’re buying a whole ring or designing a custom engagement ring, remember that you can choose every aspect of the ring – the stone, the metal of the band, the setting – to suit your budget. You might also like to know that it’s pretty easy to reset a setting or add more stones to a setting when your bank account permits.
Plan for upgrades in due time, rather than stretching yourself thin now.
Lifestyle Trumps Style
Engagement rings are beautiful, aren’t they. And there are just so many styles to choose from. Of course you want to choose the most breathtaking ring, but remember that your choice of ring should also factor in lifestyle.
When shopping for the perfect engagement ring, choose the one that best suits her everyday life. This is especially important when you’re choosing ring settings. Learn more about various ring settings here.
For example, a high prong-set diamond (shown above) is a gorgeous way to show off a diamond, but it won’t be the most practical choice for a woman who is very active with her hands (i.e gardening, sports).
Engagement rings are meant to be worn, so remember to choose a style that will compliment and flatter the shape of your woman’s hand. As a woman, I can definitely say that I’d choose a slightly-less beautiful ring that makes my hand look gorgeous over a stunning ring that makes my hand look stubby.
Women with short, slightly stubby fingers will benefit from narrow, elongated ring styles – either certain stone cuts like the Pear Cut or the Marquise (see diamond shapes here) – or a ring setting that places the stones in a vertical design.
On the other hand, women with long, skinny fingers will benefit from a wider, broad ring.
First Last Things First
It all begins with the engagement ring. And while it’s easy to get caught up in choosing the perfect engagement ring, it’s really helpful to keep in mind that the engagement ring is only the beginning.
Before you know it, you’ll be shopping for a wedding band.
It’s good to keep the future wedding band in mind when you’re shopping for engagement rings since the engagement ring will also determine aspects of the wedding ring. For example, you’ll probably get the same metal for your wedding band as you get for your engagement ring.
Before splurging on a titanium engagement ring, you might want to decide whether you want to shell out the dollars for two more titanium wedding rings. Or before buying her a beautiful rose gold metal band, consider whether you want to wear a matching rose gold wedding band for the rest of your life…
Buy in Advance
An awesome way to solve the above dilemma – and save time and money – is to simply buy everything at once. You can get a wedding set that includes an engagement ring and a woman’s wedding band (duo) or a set that includes an engagement ring and his-and-hers wedding bands (trio).These sets are a clever way to guarantee that the engagement ring and wedding band will fit together perfectly, like two peas in a pod.
Plus, buying in sets is also cheaper than buying separately. According to the Diamond Information Center, you can save as much as 50% by opting for this route. Not to mention the time you’ll save.