Ladies, this is more for your man, more so than you, so definitely share! 🙂
You’ve finally found the love of your life and it’s time to “put a ring on it”… But before you do, here’s some helpful tips you should know before you make a purchase:
#1- Know your budget – It is so important to have a budget, one that works with your life stage and lifestyle. Everyone has learned/heard about the “3-month salary guideline”. Which is ok to follow, but today, this feels somewhat out-dated. Essentially, the choice is yours based on your fiancee’s personal choice and what you will be comfortable with as a couple starting your life together. Make sure you educate yourself with the 4C’s – carat size, color, clarity, and cut – you’ll be able to narrow your choices and find the best value for the diamond’s size and the quality characteristics you seek.
#2 – Know her style – Today, it’s not uncommon for couples to shop together for an engagement ring. But if you really want to surprise her, you may consider consulting one of her close friends or a family member to discreetly obtain the information you need. If you decide to do it on your own, think about her style. Is it classic and understated, bold and colorful, or somewhere in-between? If she’s a traditionalist she may love the classic, round brilliant diamond shape. If her style is highly individualistic, pink or fancy yellow princess-cut diamond may be the perfect choice. Also, take note of the jewelry she typically wears. Does she predominantly wear yellow gold that looks beautiful against her skin tone? Or is she partial to cooler metals such as silver, white gold, or platinum? This will indicate whether she has leanings towards one color over the other.
#3- Know the shapes/style – The most popular shape is the round brilliant diamond, followed by the princess cut. If your fiancée is a traditionalist with classic tastes, she’ll love the round brilliant solitaire. If her style is minimalist and modern, she may favor the emerald cut with its long lean lines or an asscher diamond that is a square emerald.
There are other things to consider when buying an engagement ring. This is a special type of jewelry that she will forever wear and be proud of so make sure you do all the research needed before you buy. But I hope this helps you get started. Congratulations and best of luck!