Last week I wrote about diamond engagement rings and the “bigger is better” lie, and after I posted that article I got to thinking that maybe I may have come off as a Debby Downer even though I did emphasize that I am not totally against big diamond rings.
As a follow-up, I wanted to share a few tips for the guys on how to choose an engagement ring style if you’re shopping around for a ring and can’t seem to decide on a single one. Although I didn’t choose my own ring, which in retrospect was probably a good thing because really, how does one decide from all the different styles available these days?
I do have experience consulting friends when they were shopping for their engagement rings, and learned a thing or two about what to look for. Nowadays I know that couples are shopping together for a ring, but if you want it to be a complete surprise, here are a few tips to keep in mind as do your search…
It doesn’t have to be the traditional white diamond ring – Remember when Kate Middleton sported that beautiful blue sapphire ring? Sapphires are actually much less expensive than diamonds. What’s her favorite color? You could opt for a colored gemstone engagement ring or a diamond in a fabulous yellow, emerald, or pink.
Choose a style and size that suits her lifestyle – If she has a job in which she moves around often and works with her hands, you might not want a ring that can scratch up easily. If she’s very active and sporty, you may also consider a ring with a low setting as opposed to a ring with a high setting that sticks out.
|An active and sporty gal like me would like this simple solitaire diamond ring
(Available at George Pragnell Fine Jewellry)
Look at her jewelry collection – If she already owns several rings, you can probably get a sense of her style. Does she like unique, eclectic rings? Does she follow trends, or is she more conservative with her jewelry? Also, by now she’s probably dropped a hint or two about her ideal style for an engagement ring if you’ve had conversations about marriage.
Go with your gut – I know this sounds like a very vague piece of advice, but usually when I’m having a tough time making a decision, I always go with my gut instinct and everything tends to work out alright. If you have a true love connection with your fiance, any engagement ring you buy for her will likely be much appreciated.
Do you have any tips to add on how to choose an engagement ring style?