Proposing to a loved one soon?
If so, there’s a lot you should plan. This includes the proposal setting, what you’ll say, and the engagement ring!
Below, we’ll discuss that later. We’ll give you a guide into the options to consider, and how to pick one!
Word of Advice.
Engagement rings are expensive. Plus, proposing to a loved happens once in a lifetime.
You don’t get a second try with both. So there isn’t a trial and error process when buying an engagement ring!
As a result, there are certain precautions you should consider. Those include…
First – Ring Size.
Do you know your loved one’s finger size? Because if you don’t, you might accidentally buy a ring that doesn’t fit!
You might get something too small. And in that case, they won’t be able to put it on.
And if it’s too big, it’ll slide off. So they won’t be able to wear it!
You obviously want to buy a ring as a surprise for your loved one. And you can’t ask them directly about ring size.
So here’s what you should do…
Go through your loved one’s jewelry. Find the rings they currently own and use that to evaluate their ring size.
You’ll have their exact measurement, and without spoiling the surprise of your proposal!
Second – Define a Budget.
Engagement rings are mostly made out of diamond. And they can be quite expensive…
However, there isn’t a hardline rule on what constitutes a “budget ring.” Rings can cost anywhere from $800 to $20,000, depending on the cut, vendor, and style!
So picking a ring is a matter of your financial situation and comfort level.
How to Set a Budget.
Take into consideration that there’s more to your proposal than the engagement ring.
You’re also funding an engagement party and other marital financial commitments, such as…
- Home (plus setup).
- Wedding rings.
And much more!
You should take those commitments into consideration before buying a ring. That’ll help you set a realistic budget on how much you should pay for a temporary jewelry item!
Third – Picking the Gemstone.
90% of engagement rings are made from diamond. The rest use sapphire as a gemstone.
Both gemstones are beautiful. They each emphasize different colours and levels of brilliance.
As a rule, sapphire is cheaper than diamond.
This lets you expand your budget a bit more. And, you can buy a large sapphire gemstone without spending too much!
However, what you pick is a matter of your girlfriend’s tastes. Try to find out what she’s aesthetically comfortable with, and select the appropriate gemstone!
What if I Want a Diamond Ring?
Then you should know how to evaluate and pick one.
There are 4 criteria to consider when evaluating a diamond ring. Those include…
- Color (diamonds with less color are rarer and more brilliant).
- Clarity (imperfection such as cracks or foreign crystals lower a diamond’s value).
- Carat (similar to gold, higher carats command higher values).
- Cut (well-cut diamonds reflect and refract light well – leading to higher values).
How Do I Evaluate a Diamond’s Final Price?
It takes an industry expert to tell how much a diamond costs.
Thus, when shopping for diamonds, we recommend seeking multiple vendors.
(If you live in Georgia – check this link for Atlanta’s top jewellers)!
The previous source provides over 20 jewellers to pick from. And the area you live in might have just as many suppliers.
We recommend shopping around. Ask about each jeweller’s reputation (and if you can), and look for people you know who own gemstones.
They might recommend an affordable jeweller with an amazing set of engagement rings!