Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring

It seems that in the past buying an engagement ring was a much simpler task. After all, there weren’t many choices. You could pick either a princess or emerald cut, and decide whether you want a ring with white or yellow gold. That was it! Nowadays, there are so many options to choose from, so the whole buying-an-engagement-ring experience can be a bit overwhelming. Do not worry, we got you covered. Since proposing to the love of your life is already nerve-wracking by itself, here are a few tips to make this monumental purchase as stress-free as possible.


Don’t blindly follow trends

Every year something else is in style when it comes to jewellery. Since an engagement ring is something your partner should wear for the rest of her life, go for something timeless. Also, make sure you take her preferences into consideration. Check out her jewellery box when she is not looking (or simply pay attention to pieces she often wears) and find something that will suit her style. Does she prefer statement pieces or instead loves discrete ones? Is she a yellow, pink, or white gold type of person? Take cues from her style and find something she will love wearing.

Know the stone’s history

More and more people are looking for ethically sourced gems. Find stones that are completely traceable from mine to market, since not only will you know that they were obtained through sustainable methods, but you will have interesting facts to share with your fiancé after you give her the ring.

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Consider working directly with a jeweller

If you really want to knock her socks off, go with a custom ring. It always feels more special and personal than just walking into a store and picking something. If you are not sure in which direction you should go, find a balance between vintage and modern. Instead of focusing on the size of the stone, focus on its quality. In addition, go for a unique shape that will give that ring a bit of oomph. Bear in mind that a lot of people are ditching diamonds and going with different gemstones. For example, you can find amazing opal engagement rings.

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Ask someone for help

Buying an engagement ring can be a daunting task, so ask your loved ones for help. Ask your friends who are engaged to recommend a jeweller, or ask your girlfriend’s best friend to help you pick out a piece your partner will love. If your future fiancé has any idea what she wants out of her engagement ring, chances are she has discussed it with her friend, so this is a great place to start.


Do not obsess over the price tag

In the 80s, the rule was that an engagement ring should cost one month of your salary. Nowadays, the rule of thumb is that you should spend at least three months’ salary. However, this is not set in stone, and there’s no exact science when it comes to how much this ring should cost. Therefore, find a ring that is perfect for your lady, even if it involves a less expensive diamond. If she loves it, it will be priceless.

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Look at a ring under different lighting conditions

Maybe the stone you like looks amazing under the fluorescent lighting, but in the daylight, it seems a bit ordinary. Make sure you look at the ring under these different lighting conditions to see how it performs.

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Know her ring size

In romantic movies, when the girl says ‘Yes’ and puts on the ring, it fits like a glove. However, in real life, it is more likely that you will pick the wrong size if you are not prepared. Therefore, when she is not looking, take one of her rings and trace the inner circle on a piece of paper.

Hopefully, these tips will help you find the perfect ring for your future missus.