How to Find the Perfect Engagement Ring

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Considering that the average engagement ring costs around $9,000, it’s important to consider all the jewelry stores in your area before making that big purchase. Traditionally, it’s advised that you spend about three month’s salary for an engagement ring budget, but in this recession, GQ advises that four to six week’s worth of paychecks are more realistic.

Your next step at the jewelry stores is to choose the band. According to popular men’s interests site, The Art of Manliness, the most popular metals to choose from are: yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, platinum, and silver, or a mix of the metals. The two things to think about when selecting the band are the durability (which is what you’ll probably be most interested in) and the way it looks (what your future partner is probably most interested in). Platinum is more expensive, but it’s also a hard metal which means it’s more durable. It also means that it’s going to lose its luster more quickly. Right now, silver looking rings are in fashion, so if your future spouse is on top of fashion, then go with white gold or platinum. If he or she is more traditional, then stick with simple yellow gold.

GQ advises that you also take some time to think about yourself when choosing the band. Most people want their engagement rings to match their weddings rings, and their wedding rings to match their partners. This means that when you choose the band of the engagement ring, you’re also probably choosing the kind of wedding ring you’ll be getting. So, take some time and think about what you might also like, too.

Next at the jewelry stores is to choose the stone. The most popular, conventional and traditional stone is the diamond, because it symbolizes eternity, like the bond in which you two share. Jewelry stores use four Cs when describing diamonds, which are the clarity, cut, color and carat. While carat is the most objective of all the four Cs because it involves no estimates, only comparisons and judgements, it has the biggest effect on a diamond’s beauty. There are several shapes to diamonds as well, with Round being the most popular closely followed by Princess (square) and Cushion cuts.

However, before you even go to any jewelry stores, GQ advises that you act like a cat burglar and steal one of his or her rings first. Not permanently, of course. This is just so you can take it to the jewelry stores and have them size it. This is the best way of figuring out his or her ring size, without them becoming wary of your intentions.

Jewelry stores will help you to find the perfect engagement ring for your partner. It’s important to estimate your budget, find the ring size, select the band and the stone. If you have any questions about rings or jewelry stores, feel free to ask in the comments!

One Response to How to Find the Perfect Engagement Ring

  1. Audrey Hale says:

    Wow! I had no idea that finding the right engagement ring was so involved.

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