So, after holding out as long as you could, you’ve FINALLY decided to pop the question! Good for you! Now it’s time to get a ring. And you realize you know NOTHING about a woman’s best friend. Don’t panic, we got you covered. There are a few things you will need to consider before picking out the perfect ring for your big proposal;
- Budget – Just exactly how much are you willing to spend on a ring? Is it REALLy two months of salary?
- What style does she like?
- The 4 C’s – Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat.
- Choosing the jeweler.
So just exactly what are you supposed to spend on a ring? We’ve all heard of the two months salary guideline, haven’t we? Well, us here at Wedding Bros are looking out for your best interest. We say it’s 100% up to YOU. Only you can decide what you can and should spend on an engagement ring. You might want to sit down with your fiancée before hand and discuss expectations and what is realistic. The most important thing is to pick a ring budget that feels right for you. Perhaps the most important thing is you should never go into debt in order to purchase a ring. If the girl’s worth you putting a ring on her finger, she’ll wait for you while you save up for the ring.
2. STYLE & SHAPES
There are many different styles of rings to choose from. But basically it will come down to a few different materials. According to Bluenile, Platinum, 18K Gold, 14K Gold, and Palladium are all good options. Some ladies prefer gold bands, and some prefer the sleek and modern platinum band. Look for clues as to what type of jewelry she currently wears. It will give you a great indication on what type of ring to get her. As far as the shape is concerned, according to Forbes, America’s most popular diamond cuts are Round, Princess, and Emerald.
3. THE 4 C’s. Cut, Coor, Clarity, and Carat.
In order to demonstrate what the 4″c are about, check out the handy dandy chart from HRD. Obviously the larger the diamond, the clearer the diamonds are, the more money you can expect to spend.
4. Find the right jeweler.
There are so many options out there nowadays, even online stores such as Bluenile or overstock.com. Your best bet is still go through your friends and family and their referral base. Some larger chain stores will offer you certificates of each diamond you purchase, while the mom-and-pop shops will draw you in with lower prices. Make sure you do your homework before you step into a jewelry store!
Tell us how much you are willing to spend on the ring and why in the comments below; we would love to hear about it!