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3 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Choosing an Engagement Ring!

Choosing and Engagement ring can be a daunting task because the ring is something that your loved one will wear everyday for the rest of their life. You want them to love it. After my husband proposed I could not stop staring at my ring the entire week, I was just over the moon. There are 3 things you absolutely have to know before choosing an engagement ring and today we are sharing them!

3 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Choosing an Engagement Ring!

Budget

This should be your first stop on the journey of finding the perfect engagement ring. Starting off any big purchase, whether you’ll be financing or paying in cash, by assessing your budget and what you’re willing to spend on the item at hand. In this case, you’ve probably already done a bit of research and know what your price point is. However, if you haven’t done much looking around, it can be very easy to get sticker-shocked. The best way to avoid this is to check out some online retailers and make good use of their filters. This works to your advantage in two ways:

  1. It gives you a reason to compare different retailers
  2. You’ll begin to notice the pattern of prices in comparison with type & size of stones and the metals available

Ring Size

Knowing your partner’s ring size isn’t really something that ever comes up before the moment when you realize you’d like to propose to this person and buy an engagement ring but it is a necessity to avoid a ring that doesn’t fit and needs to be resized after-the-fact. It’s no surprise that there are many waysthat are suggested to find the information. Some ideas range from:

  • Tying a string around their finger while they’re sleeping
  • Having a ring that they wear sized
  • Tracing a ring from the jewelry box and bringing it to a jeweler for comparison

However, modern couples are being more open and honest about their expectations and desires when it comes to their relationship, and engagements are no exception. Simply asking for your partner’s ring size could prompt a healthy conversation about your relationship and where it’s headed.

Ring Style

Choosing the perfect ring style for your partner’s engagement ring will be as easy as pie if you two have already had an open discussion about it. However, many people choose to continue to select the ring secretly and do a surprise proposal. In this case, picking a style will require a bit more thought and research.

To get an idea of what you’re partner likes, think about the styles that they wear. Do they dress boldly, with a keen sense for fashion? Or do they tend to be more conservative? Are they into vintage clothing and jewelry? Is there something they are extremely passionate about that should be incorporated? Better yet, if you had a friend recently get engaged, bring it up and ask what she thought of the ring. This may let her know what you’re up to in a very subtle way but that’s not always a bad thing.

Bonus: How will it look with the wedding band?

Many people get caught up in the glamor of choosing an engagement ring, and they absolutely should! But a wedding band is considered part of that decision and so should be thought about during the process, though it’s not a necessity. There are many resources to provide guidance as to choosing a wedding band online, including those put together by online retailers like Blue Nile. This can make the process of finding the right ring seamless and easy.

My husband surprised me with my ring and reached out to my sister for help which I loved. To this day I am still shocked how my sister was able to keep it a secret as she is a terrible secret keeper. Check out the tip sheet below for discreetly picking out a ring and its perfect wedding band.

Blissfully Blinged Out

It has been about 6 months since Marcus and I got engaged and I am happy to say that the excitement has not worn off and the glow on my face is very much alive. After being together for over 7 years the engagement came very naturally when we both felt ready to take the plunge. I still remember the proposal and recall looking at the ring and smiling all night after I said yes. Today, I have partnered up with E.B. Horn to share our engagement story and discuss some useful tips for choosing a ring.

Blissfully Blinged Out E.B HornBlissfully Blinged Out E.B Horn

So this is how it happened. It was the day after Christmas and we were spending the day at home relaxing and recovering from all the food and partying from the previous day. Sometime in the afternoon Marcus told me he was going out to run an errand or something. I did not suspect anything even though in retrospect, him getting out of the house after sleeping so late was unlike him.  He would normally be laying on the couch all day and of course I later found out he was going to pick up the ring. When he came back home, we had a beautiful dinner with good food and wine.  After dinner there was a moment when I walked into the kitchen. As I turned around, there he was kneeling down and saying how I was the best thing that ever happened to him and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I am pretty sure he said other things but it was all a blur after the first words.

The moment was so special and at that time it felt like we were the only ones on the entire planet. He got me a princess cut diamond ring on a white gold setting which I totally love. I love that it shines from afar and is very elegant and timeless. The ring makes me feel blissfully blinged out with its sparkle.

Blissfully Blinged Out E.B Horn  Because of my collaboration with E.B. Horn I was fortunate enough to try on their stunning engagement rings and now you get to see them too! All the rings including the diamond bracelet in this post are from E.B  Horn which is pretty awesome. They are also known to have the largest selection of jewelry in New England therefore there is something for everyone. 

Buying a ring can be a very overwhelming yet fun experience. To prevent the dreaded ring shopping stress, remember these tips and your experience will be more fun than stress.

Tips for choosing a engagement ring:

  1. Set a budget: We all would like a 5 carat diamond ring however we are not Beyonce or Princess Kate so it is important to know how much you can spend without leaving you in serious debt and eating instant noodles every day. Once you set a budget that you feel comfortable with then it will help you get into the store and ask the sales person to only show you rings in that price range, that way you don’t get tempted to exceed budget.
  2. Select a diamond shape: There are different kinds of women. Those who like a round shape, the princess cut ladies, oval or cushion cut fans and more. Because shape is very subjective, it is important to know the shape the receiver likes. The round shape is the most popular with princess cut in second place. The great thing is that there are many options.
  3. Choose a metal: You have to think to yourself, is your future fiancé and yellow gold or white gold/platinum kind of person. I personally love gold jewelry but when it comes to a engagement rings it has gotta be white gold or platinum.
  4. Choose a reputable store: With so many scammers out there it is important to do your research and only buy from a licensed jeweler. Local Jewelers like E.B. Horn are also more reasonably priced than the large chain stores.
  5. Give yourself time: Once you choose a ring, it can take anywhere from 1 week to 6 weeks before you get the ring. Keep this in mind if you are planning on proposing on a trip or specific date.
  6. Understand the four C’s of diamonds: The four C’s of diamonds are Carat, Cut, Clarity and Color. With cut being the most important as it determines the diamonds sparkle some people focus on carat which is the weight of the diamond. Keep in mind, the higher the carats the higher the price.

Which one is your favorite ring? I am looking forward to knowing your thoughts in the comments below.

FYI: This post is in collaboration with E.B. Horn however the images, content and opinions are completely my own. 

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