Engagement Rings 101: 3 Handy Tips Everyone Should Know

Posted on: 19 April 2016

Asking the woman you love to marry you is one of the biggest moments in your life. But before you get down on one knee, you must first find—and purchase—the perfect engagement ring. Unfortunately, ring shopping is usually easier said than done. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible. With these three tips, you're sure to find an engagement ring that will wow your soon-to-be fiance:

1. Know Her Ring Size

It is important that you know her ring size, because there is nothing worse then presenting her with a ring that doesn't fit. So before you head out to the jewelry store, do some digging. You could flat out ask her, but that might ruin the surprise. So unless she already knows that you are buying one, you need to be a little sneaky. Go to her jewelry box and look at her rings. Write down the size and keep it handy. This will ensure that the ring you buy fits. If she doesn't have any rings, you could always ask a lady friend with similar hands what size ring she wears. You might also be able to ask your girlfriend's friends, as they might know her ring size—or they could find out for you.

2. Know Her Style

Another thing you should know is the style of jewelry your girlfriend likes. Every woman is different. Some like big and bold jewelry, while others like something smaller and simpler. While any ring will certainly do the job, you're sure to score extra points for knowing her style. Luckily, finding out the type of jewelry she likes shouldn't be too difficult. Simply observe the type of jewelry she wears on a day-to-day basis. For example, does she lean towards more gold or silver? Does she wear big or small jewelry? Does the jewelry she wear features a lot of stones?

If she doesn't wear a lot of jewelry, take her to the jewelry store for an alternate purpose and casually chat about rings. Pay attention to anything she gravitates towards. If she mentions that she likes a particular ring, snap a photo of it.

3. Stone Types

Finally, know that engagement rings don't have to be diamond. If you have a smaller budget or your girlfriend likes more eclectic jewelry, feel free to choose another stone. Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are all very pretty and still evoke love and romance. An opal or pearl might work, as well. It all depends on your budget and your girlfriend's preferences.

Purchasing an engagement ring is very exciting, but also nerve-wracking. If you are on the hunt for that perfect ring, keep these tips in mind when you visit the jewelry store. If you are in doubt about something, talk to the jeweler. These professionals can help you choose a ring that is sure to please.