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The time has finally come! You’ve dated, gotten to know each other, and decided you want to spend the rest of your lives together. You’ve planned a breathtaking night to pop the question, perfected what you will say, and made all the necessary preparations. But you need a ring. Not just any ring. Keep reading for our guide on sorting through unique engagement rings and picking the right one!
Together or Separate?
The first thing to determine is how you are shopping. Traditionally, it was far more common for the man to completely surprise his intended with the engagement ring. Nowadays, couples shopping together is much more common. There are pros and cons of each method.
If you completely surprise your bride-to-be, it can lend itself to a truly unique proposal. On the other hand, shopping together for an engagement ring can ensure that the ring is exactly what your significant other wants. After all, she will be wearing this piece of jewelry for the rest of her life! Either way, you will want to choose from the nearly limitless unique engagement rings.
Decide on a Budget
As with all major purchases, the first step should be determining your budget. For some, getting the most extravagant engagement ring possible as a sign of devotion is what they desire. For others, practicality is the more pressing need. Either way, determining a price (and staying under that price) is crucial. The engagement ring is important, but it’s also the first in a line of large expenses. Figuring out your budget will also naturally eliminate some of your options, making your search easier.
Determine the Shape
Determining the shape of the diamond will determine the shape of the ring. This is something made immensely easier if you are shopping with your significant other. After all, she will be able to tell you exactly what she wants. Every cut of diamond also has a different price.
Choose a Metal for the Band
Once you have decided on a diamond, and thus chosen a shape, now you need to choose a band. Yellow gold, white gold, silver, and platinum are all common choices for engagement rings. Rose gold has also become a more popular choice. When making the determination, consider what sort of lifestyle you and your spouse will live. Some metals scratch and dent easier than others, so, if you are active, weaker metals may not be the best choice. Some metals are also easier to have additional stones set in, if that is your goal.
Make Sure You have the Correct Size
This should go without saying, but you’ll need the size of your significant others’ ring finger so that you can have the ring properly made. Having the ring not fit on the finger of your betrothed could ruin the moment!
With these steps in mind, you’re all on your way to finding the perfect engagement ring. Once you’ve popped the question, however, you’ll need somewhere to hold your wedding. Reach out to Jennings Trace to reserve our facilities for a day you’ll never forget!