Finding that perfect engagement ring can seem like a intimidating task. If you pay close attention to what your girlfriend likes, you should be able to select an item that she will cherish for a lifetime. Here are some tips for making your selection!
1. Find out what kind of jewelry she likes: Your soon-to-be fiancé will (hopefully!) be wearing this piece of jewelry every day as a symbol of your blossoming relationship, so it’s important that she loves it. Finding the right ring can be a daunting task if she isn’t usually into jewelry or hasn’t been dropping hints for the last few months. If you’ve both been talking about the next step in the relationship, asking her what she’d like and even perusing some local jewelry stores together is a great way to get an idea of what she wants. If you want to keep it the whole thing a surprise then try asking her friends and family for advice. One warning: If you want to make sure it is kept a surprise, make sure you only ask the most trustworthy family members and friends who you know can keep a secret. Once you know what kind of jewelry she likes, your next step is to find the jewelry stores which carry that style.
2. Go Shopping at Quality Jewelry Stores: Don’t even bother trying to go the discount store route for this important purchase. If you want to find a good deal, you should look at the many quality engagement ring stores in your area. You can often find a sale or talk your way into a discount, while still being assured you are getting a superior piece of jewelry. Also keep in mind that the store you choose to purchase her engagement ring is probably also a good place to consider buying your wedding rings later. That way you already have a relationship with the store and its owner and they may offer you a better deal as a repeat customer.
3. Be Picky! You don’t have to buy the first ring you come across. Shop around a little. I know this is a hard assignment for most guys. But remember, she’ll be showing this off to all of your friends and family and wearing it every day. So really, you both better love it. If you find something you think is right, but aren’t sure, ask the store to put it on hold for 24 hours while you think about it and check around at other stores to see if there’s anything that might grab your attention. If you’re still in doubt, bring your mom/her friend/your friend and ask for a second opinion. Be careful not to let second opinions confuse you even further though. In the end, I think the best advice is to go with your gut feeling and make sure you get a receipt along with the store’s return policy. Best of luck!