The reason why you are here, reading this article is because you are ready to take a level up in your relationship. A lot of married guys have admitted that this is one of the most crucial phases they had to experience and undergo before reaching the altar. Selecting an engagement ring says so much about the character of the groom-to-be. However, in today’s changing world, finding the perfect engagement ring is not just homework for the guys, because many couples nowadays shop together to select their ring. Shopping and selecting the perfect engagement ring need not be a dreadful and stressful experience. Before you go out and explore jewelry shops, be armed with the knowledge enough for you to know what to look for in a good engagement ring.
Steps for Purchasing an Engagement Ring
1. Fish for Information
The first step is to know what you want. If it is intended to be a surprise proposal, guys can do a little ‘fishing’ of information directly from the recipients – their girlfriends. Of course, this process is done discreetly. If planned together, the couple should be clear in knowing what ring style and type they want to have. However, when your partner is not with you, it is recommended for you not to buy alone. Be humble in asking assistance from a trusted friend, or a family member. After all, many guys prefer a second opinion.
2. Determine Budget
Next, know your budget. Some guys have survived with the old ‘three months’ salary’ standard, but generally, nowadays it would be recommended to spend the amount you are comfortable spending. Once you have set your budget, know the trends available. A decade ago, a lavishly decorated ring may have been a trending topic in the world of engagement rings, but a slight change has been noticed as the years go by. Many couples are opting for more contemporary, cleaner and simpler types of rings.
3. Decide on the Design
True, Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. If your budget approves it, you may find a diamond ring which has a striking balance of quality, size and price. However, Diamonds are not the only option. Sapphires are the most popular non-diamond material for an engagement ring. There are also other high quality ring types which will suit your needs. After all, the gauge in quality is not the price of the ring, but the thought and the purpose that comes with the ring.
4. Stay Calm
Most importantly, don’t pressure yourself too much. Do not go on panic buying. Give yourself time, say, 6 weeks between your initial date of shopping and the date of your proposal. If you have a longer timeframe, you are given a fuller view of your options. This would also allow you to search for a good jeweler. It does not mean that if the jeweler is popular, and the items expensive, you will get a quality engagement ring. Search for a jewelry shop where you feel comfortable, where the staffs are friendly, pleasant and willing to assist your every need. It is always advisable to collect your ring just before your date of proposal. In this way, you won’t have to worry about the ring’s safety.