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How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

When it comes to choosing an engagement ring, some men just have an intuitive understanding of which ring is the right choice. They might be perusing a jewelry boutique and simply come across the perfect ring to propose their love to their future spouse.

However, for most men, the process of finding the right engagement ring can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, there are specific things that you can look out for to enable you to make the right choice for your loved one.

How to Find Out What Kind of Ring She Wants

For instance, you want to pay particular attention to what kind of jewelry your girlfriend is currently wearing. Is her style overall more modern, or do her rings, necklaces or clothing have a more vintage appeal? This will point you in the right direction when narrowing down your choices.

Next, if possible, you can consult her friends and ask them if she’s brought up the topic of what kind of ring she would like. If the prospects of marriage between both of you are likely, you can be certain she’s discussed these kinds of topics with her closest girlfriends, and their insights can help you get a feeling for what she’s expecting.

If she has Pinterest, this can be a great resource to learn about her jewelry aesthetic. She might even have a board dedicated just to engagement ring styles!

And finally, if you don’t mind dropping obvious hints, you can have a discussion about what kind of ring she would prefer. 

Choosing High Quality Diamonds

After you’ve gathered enough information about your girlfriend’s preferences and desires, it’s time to do some serious browsing for the right piece.

If it’s a diamond ring, you want to keep in mind the four C’s: Cut, Clarity, Carat and Color.

In terms of cut, would she prefer a standard round cut or princess diamond, or a more unique shape like a heart or pear? 

Here are some points to keep in mind: 

  • Make sure the diamond is GIA or AGS certified.
  • Diamonds should be at least VS quality or SI quality.
  • The less color in a clear diamond, the higher the grade.
  • For colored diamonds, the price varies widely.  
  • The diamond cost increases exponentially the larger the stone.

Choose your gems wisely, and your girlfriend will be impressed by an enduring and unblemished diamond!

Taking a Non-Traditional Approach

If your girlfriend wants something completely unique or trendy, different options need to be considered. Instead of diamonds, the ring can be set with precious gems like sapphire and ruby, or semi-precious stones like garnet or aquamarine.  A micro pave ring can be a good choice, which features many small stones set together over part or all of the ring. Instead of a traditional solitaire ring, a three-stone engagement ring or a vintage-inspired split shank ring is a more unique choice. 

Going the Custom Jewelry Route

Finally, you can always seek out a completely custom-designed ring. If you want your ring to be absolutely unique, you can discuss with your custom jeweler how to bring out her personality in the best way. Perhaps you want to integrate a floral shape into the ring, or design something based on her favorite book or movie. 

Ultimately, it all comes down to what adjective you would use to describe your loved one. “Glamorous”? “Modern”? “Traditional”? Ponder her individual style and aesthetic, and you’ll be sure to find something that matches her deepest desires. 


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