How to Pick an Engagement Ring
Picking an engagement ring is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make in your life. That may sound dramatic, but it’s the truth. This is the first step towards tying the knot and it is a momentous occasion. You are going to be giving your partner a gift that symbolises the love you hold towards them. On top of this, this is a piece of jewelry like no other, it will be worn on their hand for many years to come and that means only the best is acceptable. But don’t worry! It is unlikely proposing will be a spur of the moment thing, so you will have the time required to browse through the numerous rings available and decide which one will be perfect for your partner.
Buy the Wedding Band and Ring Together
This is always a great option which is available from a large majority of jewelry outlets. The idea is to get the actual wedding ring at the same time as the engagement ring, which has a few positives to it. The main one is that when on the finger, they complement each other beautifully and will be a truly fantastic pairing (of course not as fantastic as the two of you!) that will make the finger glisten. If you decide against this though there is no need to worry, you can use a nesting ring to create a unified look with the engagement ring by using loose diamonds to make sure that the ring still look good together.
Don’t Rush Into Buying a Ring
Take your time! Many people want to make sure they have ring and many will think they can get one that their partner will like on their first trip to the jewelers. For instance, you may want to get your partner a coloured stone to match their hair dye, but will their hair be the same colour in 10 years? That is very unlikely. So have a look around, compare prices, check stones, just don’t rush!
Think About the Lifestyle you Live
If you and your partner live active lifestyle’s it may mean that you keep taking your ring off frequently. So if you play a lot of sports or play instruments such as the guitar or violin think about getting a ring that is thin and sits level with your hand. If you work a job that is quite physical where your partners hand go through a lot of wear & tear then don’t go for large stones that could potentially fall off and go missing, in this case titanium can be a great choice of material as it is very durable.
Have a Clear Budget
It is very easy to be overwhelmed when you see all the beautiful rings before your eyes and you may think you will spend whatever it takes to make your partner happy. But follow the age old rule that the amount you should spend on an engagement ring accumulates to 3 months of your salary. This is a great way to make sure you don’t overspend on your partners ring.
Your Ring Will Need Maintenance
This is a very important thing to take in to consideration when buying a ring. There are certain materials that will need to be looked after more than others. For example, to make sure the shine doesn’t fade from a gold or platinum ring you will simply need to buff it with a soft cloth. A great option for rings that don’t get scratched easily and will need little maintenance are rose gold and platinum, and these will also be a better price which makes them a great choice in the long-run.