Choose Your Forever: Pick a Ring She Will Be Proud to Wear (part 1)
It’s time. You’ve been thinking about it for a while, and the last few weeks have made you certain: you want to spend the rest of your life with her. This girl is everything to you, and you want her by your side forever. It’s time to pop the question, but there’s a problem. You have to choose a ring, and not just any ring. It has to be perfect.
But the more you search, the more lost you feel. How much should it cost? What should it look like? And what do all these terms mean?
An engagement should be a time for celebration, not a headache! That being said, choosing a ring is an important decision. It will serve as a reminder of your love forever. Read on for a few tips to help you choose a ring you both will cherish for years to come.
No size fits all
When it comes down to it, the perfect ring will vary from person to person. Depending on individual tastes and preferences, your significant other may want something classic or avant-garde, understated or glitzy. No professional can make that call for you. However, you can compare different styles, looking at shape, setting, and metal, to help narrow down the search.
So, should you just come out and ask her what she wants? Or even let her pick it out at a jewelry store? This may be a solution for many couples, and if she’s dropping heavy hints, you’ll want to pay attention. However, for the true romantics out there, this may take the excitement out of the gift, and there are many women who would like their fiance to make the call.
Trends come and go, but a beautiful ring won’t lose its shine. When picking an engagement ring, you’ll want a ring that is stylish yet timeless. Some looks will never go out of style, but others will look dated in a few short years. When in doubt, variations on classic looks are a safe choice that won’t leave you with regrets later on.
Knowing her individual style is a key place to start. Does she prefer modern or vintage? Simple or elaborate? If you don’t know, consider what type of jewelry she wears now. If she dresses simply, a classic diamond solitaire may be your best choice. If she has an active lifestyle, a bezel setting is sure to keep the stone in place. For help finding her style, check out our quiz.
Another thing to keep in mind is the effect different styles will have on her hand. Some styles favor longer fingers; others look best on smaller hands.
For shorter, wider fingers, a smaller stone may be the most flattering, where a large ring would seem too crowded. Consider a marquis or pear shaped diamond, which will elongate the fingers and balance out the look. For longer fingers or larger hands, there’s more space to experiment with bolder styles. Consider a larger stone or a more extravagant setting, as a small solitaire may seem even smaller on a larger hand.
Choosing the right band size is important as well, as too-tight bands may squeeze the finger, and too-loose rings run the risk of falling off. To find out her band size, you can take a current ring of hers to the jeweler to get it measured, or you can ask her directly.
In the end
These are a few things to keep in mind when first considering what type of engagement ring you are looking for. If you are able to choose a ring that will stand the test of time, fit her personal style, and provide a flattering look, you’re well on your way to making the purchase. For more on the technical aspects of an engagement ring, you can examine diamond shapes here and keep a lookout for our next blog post, all about the finer details to pay attention to.