Engagement ring shopping

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 Getting engaged can be a pretty special and romantic thing, if it’s the right person that’s asking, but let’s be honest, a ring plays a kind of important role..

One area of proposals that has changed a lot over the years is the buying of the ring. While it used to be the groom-to-be’s job, today many couples opt to pick the ring together. There are both pros and cons to selecting the ring together. A major benefit of choosing the ring as a couple is the fact that you can choose a style that you love….though it does massively take away the element of surprise.

Here are some things to consider before going ring shopping, to ensure that you both know where you stand.

 

Traditionally, the man would pay for the ring, but today, that isn’t always the case. Some men will still choose to pay while others will ask their fiancée to go halves with them. What you and your partner decide to do is up to you – talk it through and work out the best option.  

Once you have worked out who is paying for the ring, the next step is to decide on a budget. Tradition dictates that a minimum of three months wages should be spent on the ring, but today, that’s not always the case. Some couples choose to spend less and others more, it all depends on your personal preference. As well as your finances. Sometimes, something simple that cost nothing can be as meaningful as a ring that costs thousands.

If your partner is paying for the ring, it’s a good idea to ask him how much he has budgeted. That way, there won’t be any awkwardness when you select a ring that is higher priced than the amount he hoped to spend….

Before you go ring shopping, spend some time getting inspiration. You might already have an idea of the type of ring you want, but it’s good to consider all the options. Look at the different metals on offer, gold, silver and platinum, and decide which one you would prefer.

Talk to your partner and discuss the pros and cons of each metal. When thinking about the material and style of the ring, it’s also important to think about your wedding rings. Usually, the wedding rings match the engagement ring in some way. So when choosing the design, take your partner’s opinion into account. After all, he’ll have to have a wedding ring that matches it.

When it comes to choosing where you will buy your ring from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The big question, however, is whether you will buy a new design or a vintage one. Where you choose to buy from will most probably depend on your personal preference. Ask yourself, do you prefer a modern or more classic design?

If you are a fan of contemporary rings, you’ll need to get your ring from a jewellers that sells new designs. For a beautifully stylish design, check out the rings on offer from Verragio, online. If, however, you prefer a more classic style, you could consider opting for a second-hand ring.

Or let your partner make the desicion…let it be a surprise. Richard picked the perfect ring, and I don’t care how much it costs. Because the sentimental value and the commitment to each other. Is priceless.