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How To Know What Engagement Ring Is Best For Your Partner

Engagement rings are probably one of the most important pieces of jewelry your partner will own in their lifetime. That and their wedding ring of course. So no doubt, there’s often a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the partner responsible for buying the ring to propose with.

Of course, there are times when the couple will buy the ring together, however, it’s mainly bought ahead of time without the partner’s knowledge.

With that pressure and perhaps little knowledge when it comes to buying jewelry, it can be a very overwhelming and nerve-racking process. How do you know what engagement ring is best for your partner?

Even for those who’ve known their partner for years, doesn’t mean they know exactly what their partner wants in a ring. With that in mind, here are a few tips that might help figure out what is best.

Do your research

First and foremost, make sure you’re doing your research when shopping for engagement rings. There are many facets to ring shopping that go beyond just the typical style you might expect when it comes to engagement rings.

There are different metals to discover, different gems or stones that you might want to incorporate, as well as the cut and shape of the stone.

You’ll suddenly realize that there are, in fact, a lot of different styles beyond just the princess-style engagement rings for example.

Try to do your research, taking a look online for some inspiration on what you need to be looking out for when shopping. There are a lot of official guides from jewelers themselves, and then you have guidance from those who are in the world of shopping rings or have a good knowledge of the subject.

Take advantage of everything that’s available online to help provide some guidance in your engagement ring shopping journey!

Shop around different ring stores

Once you’ve got a good idea of what types of engagement rings are out there, it’s time to whittle down the different ring stores available. Again, there are plenty of jewelers out there that offer a wide range of engagement rings, all of different variations and price points.

One thing to consider is your budget. Everyone is different when it comes to what they can afford for an engagement ring, so try not to take the general average too seriously. It’s moreso the thought and the meaning behind the ring, rather than focusing too much on the ring itself.

However, it’s useful to know your budget and then shop with your budget in mind. Some ring stores might be outside of your price point so isn’t worth expelling. Regardless, you should visit a few to get a good idea and to make comparisons. 

You might end up finding a few ring options that are all similar but all vary in price depending on which shop you go for!

Take someone who knows your partner well

Shopping for an engagement ring is a hard shopping experience for anyone, even when you know your partner well. With that being said, you might want to take a trusted party with you to help find the ring of your partner’s dreams.

This person could be a family member or they could be a close friend of the partner. Whoever they are, make sure they’re the best pick to keep the secret and recommend some great options that your better half will love.

You don’t want someone who will easily let slip that they’ve been engagement ring shopping with you. You also don’t want someone who has as little knowledge as you when it comes to rings and jewelry in general.

Sometimes, it might just be best to shop on your own but depending on who is available, it might be worthwhile bringing someone with you. They might be a helpful voice when it comes to deciding on the right options and reminding you of the budget you have available.

Subtly try to get information from your partner over time

This one is a little tricky because you can’t just start discussing engagement rings out of the blue if you’ve never mentioned it in conversation before.

This is the type of long game that you might want to play if you and your partner realize from the beginning that you’re the one for each other.

Consider subtly dropping it into conversation every now and again about their ideal engagement ring or perhaps giving that engagement ring style to a trusted individual whom you can contact when the time is right.

Every relationship is different so you may be a couple who’ve already discussed your dream wedding, how many children you want to have, and what type of home you want to live in. You might be on the other side of different whereby you hardly discuss these topics until you’re ready to cross them together.

If you’re able to subtly acquire the information beforehand though, that will likely make your shopping experience a lot easier.

Check out their current jewelry collection

Another great way of helping ease the stress and difficulty that can come with shopping for engagement rings is to check out their current jewelry collection.

Chances are, your significant other is going to have one or two rings in their jewelry collection - that is unless they rarely wear jewelry.

If they do, then you’re in luck and this can be a good indicator of what types of rings or styles of jewelry they like. Do they like more minimalist options or are they bold with their choices? What color jewelry do they own? Is there any jewelry that they’ve got from the same jewelry store or brand over time that you recognize?

Getting a peek of their current jewelry collection will hopefully help guide your shopping experience in a more positive and productive manner.

Take your time browsing the options

When it comes to shopping for an engagement ring, take your time! Don’t rush the process or feel pressured into buying something on your first trip to the store. It’s important that you’re taking your time and not rushing it because that can often make for mistakes.

Buying an engagement ring is a big life event and something that you yourself should enjoy. It’s not something that you should dismiss as being just for your partner - it’s for you too!

Take your time browsing and if you’re not immediately impressed by the offerings being made, don’t feel it necessary to make a decision there and then. Trust your gut and hold back until you feel you’ve got the right ring in your hands.

Get their ring size

It’s not always possible to do this subtly, but getting their ring size is a great way to know how big or small the ring needs to be. This is where having a previous collection of rings available can come in handy as you can just take one of these into the store to get a good idea of what ring size is needed.

It might just be a case of doing it sneakily while they are asleep with a ring sizer. That is if they’re a heavy sleeper.

Pick it out together if preferred

Finally, in situations where the partner might be a little too fussy with their choice or you really have no idea where to start, you might want to make it a joint decision. Shopping for an engagement ring might be the right decision for both you and your partner to make.

Knowing what engagement rings are out there and understanding what to look for, can certainly make engagement ring shopping a lot easier. Use these tips to help you when it's time! 


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