How to Buy an Engagement Ring
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How to Buy an Engagement Rings
Buying an engagement ring is a big step; it means you have found the person you want to be with forever and you want them to know it. While falling in love is the stuff of fairy tales, the practicalities of buying an engagement rings are all too real. Often an engagement ring is the first piece of fine jewelry that a man will ever buy, and with this particular piece of jewelry being so symbolic, it is important to choose wisely. The first thing many men consider is the look of the ring, typically seeing something that they like. But bear in mind that it is your partner who will be wearing the ring, so it is important for it to be one that she will love. It is also important that it be comfortable to wear. The ring must also be robust enough to withstand daily wear, particularly during your engagement, and be affordable at the same time as being an investment that reflects your commitment to her. So what practical factors should be considered first? Let’s examine a few:
There is little that is romantic about finances. However, it is important to establish what your budget is for your engagement ring. A good engagement ring budget rule of thumb is for the groom-to-be to set aside between two and three months’ salary. If you are fortunate enough to have a greater budget, it is likely you will still have a limit on what you are prepared to spend. Once your budget is established, it is much easier to focus on engagement rings that fall within budget range.
As your bride-to-be will be wearing her ring every day during her engagement, it is important that it actually fits her finger well, so ring sizing is important. Too small and the ring will be uncomfortable and may even get stuck on her finger. Too large and it can fall off and be lost. To help determine the correct size, this Ring Sizing Guide can be very helpful. While it is best to choose a ring that fits well in the first place, finger size is known to change, for example during pregnancy.
Matching Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands
This area begins to move somewhat into the aspect of style preference, but the idea of matching engagement rings and matching wedding bands has a very practical basis nonetheless. Some brides (as well as some grooms!) like to have order in their life and therefore prefer matching bridal sets. If your bride-to-be prefers to have her jewelry coordinate, then this is something to bear in mind from the beginning. Fortunately, there are a plenty of engagement rings available, including those at My Love Wedding Ring, which also have matching wedding rings, too. In addition, complete bridal sets of wedding jewelry are also available along with earrings and necklaces to complement the rings.
Choosing the Right Jeweler
Once you have determined your budget, established the ring size needed and decided whether the engagement ring will need to be part of a matching set of jewelry, the next aspect is to think about the jeweler that you buy from. For such a precious piece of jewelry, you want to work with a jeweler that is honest, reliable, helpful and very importantly makes beautiful jewelry. At My Love Wedding Ring, you will find all of these attributes and more. As jewelers, we take pride in creating beautiful, well-crafted jewelry using solid precious metals, natural gemstones and conflict free diamonds. A 60-day money back guarantee is available along with a lifetime warranty on fine jewelry. We can provide free ring sizing and free ring engraving along with free and timely shipping! Jewelry is packaged in a beautiful presentation box, and a jewelry care kit is supplied along with a gift card, making it ready for you to present to your beloved.
Engagement Ring Styles
You have decided to make a commitment to her and ask for her hand in marriage. You have decided your budget, calculated her ring size, have a good idea of whether she will want a matching engagement and wedding ring set and found a jeweler that you trust. Now that the practicalities of engagement ring buying have been taken care of, it is time for the tricky bit: choosing the style of engagement ring for your bride-to-be.
Doing your homework
It is important to get an idea of what jewelry style your bride-to-be has. Look at the jewelry she wears: Is it simple, traditional, modern, chic, subtle, bold, ornate, colorful? Ask her friends, her mom, or her sister what they believe her style is. Have a sneak peek into her jewelry box, particularly at the pieces that never see the light of day, as those are good pointers for what to avoid. Once you have gathered all this background knowledge, you are then in a much better place to choose a style of ring that will be just right for your bride-to-be.
Ring Styles and Designs
An engagement ring is typically made of a precious metal, upon which is set at least one gemstone. There are millions of different styles of gemstone engagement rings, but engagement rings tend to fall into three general categories, so we will focus on these:
Solitaire Engagement Rings: These are one of the most classic style of engagement rings, a single gemstone, often a diamond, held in a beautiful setting on a band of precious metal. The symbolism is clear: there is only one. While this is a very established type of ring, the style of the solitaire engagement ring can be either be very traditional — for example, a four prong setting holding the ring in a basket of precious metal set upon a delicate band — or completely modern, such as a chic bezel set diamond on a simple band. A solitaire engagement ring can be a very safe choice of ring, as it is easy to wear, can suit almost any lifestyle and, if the style of setting is chosen to suit your bride-to-be, can complement her existing style easily.
Three-Stone Rings: Another very symbolic style of ring, which makes it perfect for an engagement ring, is the three-stone engagement ring with gemstones representing the past, present and future of your life together. The stones can either be equal in size, although this is currently not so fashionable, or, as is most common, the central stone is dominant and flanked by two often contrasting gemstones. An oval central gemstone flanked by two round gemstones, such as oval sapphire engagement rings, gives the ring a more traditional look. For those looking for a more modern take on the style, a round central gemstone flanked by round contrasting gemstones is an ideal choice, such pink sapphire engagement rings.
Halo Setting Rings: Prior to the dominance of solitaire diamond engagement rings, the cluster engagement ring was one of the most popular styles of ring. With a bold central stone surrounded by smaller contrasting stones, the cluster ring was put firmly back on the engagement ring map with Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring now being worn by Kate Middleton. These rings are very bold choices but also very beautiful and stylish.
Engagement Rings with Sidestones: Any of these engagement ring styles described above can be made more ornate by having the band of the ring adorned with gemstones. Engagement rings with sidestones are very modern looking, and with their extra sparkle they can turn a very simple ring, such as a solitaire ring, into something very special indeed.
Establishing the style of engagement ring that will best suit your bride-to-be can seem daunting at time, but by doing your homework and then looking at the styles available, you will find a selection that is perfect for your loved one.