When you get down on one knee to pop the crucial question, you probably want to have an incredible jewel in hand to seal the deal. The perfect engagement ring guarantees a great start towards the new union.
Choosing one without the assistance of your fiancée-to-be can be a considerable challenge if you’re not terribly knowledgeable in this area.
Understand the Quality
One of the worst mistakes you can make when you purchase an engagement ring is to select a low-quality product. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you mustn’t sacrifice the quality of a ring that is intended to symbolize a love to last the rest of your lives.
You may wish to research everything, from metal durability to jewel quality. Gold is the most often chosen for the band material, because gold is easy to work with, carries considerable value, and shines beautifully.
Diamonds are the most popular jewel because they’re rare, dazzlingly shiny, and last forever. Learn about the “4 Cs” for considering the quality and value of diamonds, if you go this route.
If you choose to use a different metal or gemstone based on your girlfriend’s taste, look for products designed and manufactured by certified jewelers who have a reputation for quality. These products tend to be less durable than gold and diamonds, and you want to make sure their product is well made and carries a solid warranty.
Check Her Browsing History
Odds are, if you’re ready to pop the question and are fairly certain she’ll say yes, she’s probably researched engagement rings online herself. When she’s not around, hop onto her laptop or Pinterest page and check out her browsing history.
She might have examined several styles of rings to determine her favorite, so search for a page or two that she’s visited repeatedly. She could have pinned similar style rings, such as the ever-popular halo engagement ring style or classic solitaire diamond, on a Pinterest page as well.
Doing this kind of research might provide an excellent basis for picking the perfect ring.
Ask Friends and Family
Perhaps you know your fiancée-to-be better than anyone, but that doesn’t mean she tells you everything. If she wants the engagement to be a surprise, she may not tell you what kind of ring she’s had her eye on.
More likely, that’s something she would have discussed with her girlfriends and members of her family. Ask the people closest to her if she’s dropped any hints about jewelry.
If you get nothing there, you might be able to get a second opinion at least from her friends who know her style. They can help you choose a ring that could be just the right amount of flashy — or not – for your intended.
Figure Out Her Ring Size
A ring can always be resized, of course, but you’ll get more points if she puts it on her finger right after you ask the big question and it fits her perfectly. That shows that you did your homework and avoids any awkwardness that might ruin an otherwise perfect memory.
It’s fairly simple to identify a girl’s ring size if she wears rings on a regular basis. Borrow one from her jewelry box (or ask one of her friends or family members to get one) and take it to a jeweler for sizing.
You could also trace one of her rings on a piece of paper if you’re worried about misplacing it or her noticing it’s temporarily missing. If she doesn’t wear rings often or there’s no way to get access to her jewelry, you’ll have to make your best educated guess.
The next time you hold her hand, compare her finger size to your own. The jeweler may be able to guess her ring size fairly accurately based on the comparison.
Drop Some Hints
Although ideally you want the question and the ring to be a perfect surprise, you may reach a point where you’ll have no option but to drop a couple of hints to in order to locate the perfect ring. But if you’re strategic about it, you might be able to develop some ideas without making her any wiser about your plans to propose.
You might ask her what kind of jewelry she likes, her favorite colors, and whether she favors diamonds or other gemstones more. Try to work these questions into the natural flow of conversation … or better yet, get one of her friends to bring it up on a separate occasion and report back to you.
More than likely, even if your girlfriend manages to figure out what you’re up to, she won’t let on that she knows. An apparently surprise engagement is so much better when the ring is exactly what she’s dreamed about. She’ll wear it with pride: the symbol of your lasting love and bond.
Halo Engagement Ring from Sylvie Collection
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