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The Perfect Symbol of Love: A Guide to Choosing an Engagement Ring

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

A Guide to Choosing an Engagement Ring

Is now a good time to start looking for engagement rings? Congratualtions! Remember that an engagement ring is typically a significant financial investment, so you want to make sure you do it the right way. Purchasing an engagement ring and getting ready to propose is a wildly exciting time, and it's easy to get caught up in the romance of the moment. However, it's important to keep in mind that you want to do it right.

It is essential for finding the ideal engagement ring for your significant other, regardless of whether the two of you will be searching for rings together or whether one of you will be doing the shopping independently.

Don’t worry about trends

An engagement ring is a timeless, classic symbol of your love that will stay forever, thus the goal should be to pick the stone that is the right fit for your future fiancé. Examine their existing jewelry to determine what would best suit his or her style. Is this individual more likely to want gold or platinum? Do they prefer showy jewelry or more understated pieces? Take their present style into consideration while selecting the piece they'll want to wear every day for the remainder of their lives.

What shape do you want?

If you know what your significant other desires in terms of diamond cut, it will greatly assist you narrow your engagement ring search. Each shape (also known as a cut) is valued differently, with a varying price per carat. Round cuts are the most expensive, while pear and marquise cuts are less expensive. If size is essential to you, you can acquire more carats at a lower price if you choose a shape other than the conventional round cut. has some great information on 1-carat diamonds.

Before you go shopping for an engagement ring, educate yourself on ring cuts and have a couple of favorites in mind.

What metal do you want?

Engagement rings are traditionally composed of yellow gold, white gold, silver, or platinum, but rose gold has arisen as a new, modern option in recent years. While platinum appears to look like silver, it is substantially more expensive due to its higher density and rarity. Some metals scratch more easily than others, so consider your lifestyle and budget before settling on one.

Measure up

This may sound obvious, but make sure you both measure your ring fingers correctly. You don't want a ring that restricts your circulation or is so loose that it could fall off. It should be secure but not uncomfortable. If you are not searching for engagement rings together, you can go to a jewelry store on your own and then casually mention your size the next time the subject comes up.

Be prepared to be flexible

You should make every effort to avoid getting into a legally binding arrangement with the jeweler, as this is not the kind of commitment you are looking to make in the near future. Even in the most dire of circumstances, if your intended does not like what you have come up with, you should be able to trade it in for something else. You want your future partner to love you and the jewelry you buy for them for the rest of their lives.


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