With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s the time of the year when men and women will be frantically running in and out of shops to buy bunches of flowers, chocolates and champagne to name a few! You might have planned a special meal out or even booked a luxurious trip away somewhere!
However, some of you may even be going a step further this year by planning a special Valentine’s Day surprise proposal! Did you know that in a survey 29% of 10,000 women said that Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to be proposed to?
Not only is Valentine’s Day the perfect opportunity to declare your love and pop the question, but in case you were unaware, February 2016 is a leap year which is a great news for women wanting to ask for their partner’s hand in marriage.
If you are planning to ask probably one of the most crucial questions of your life this Valentine’s Day, then there’ll be a lot of pressure riding on purchasing the perfect ring!
Not only will it symbolise your love and commitment to taking your relationship to the next level, but your partner will no doubt want to be showing it off to all of their friends and family and even on social media for the masses to see!
But there really is no need to panic! These top tips will guide you through the ring purchasing process and show you how good and careful planning will land you with the perfect ring.
Set Your Budget
Before you head off to jewellery shop, it’s important that you establish how much you can realistically spend on the engagement ring, which is something only you can work out.
Doing this will mean that when you do start looking at rings and talk to jewellers, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you can afford, making the whole process of ring purchasing a little quicker.
It’s also worth pointing out that you don’t have to break the bank to show how much your partner means to you. A more modest ring purchase will show that you’ve taken the time to pick out a ring reflecting your feelings, and will be appreciated far more by your partner than a huge rock which has left you bankrupt for the wedding. If you are on a bit of a tight budget, then take a look at WikiHow’s useful tips on getting the most for your money.
Know Her Style
Buying a ring that your partner falls in love with won’t only make them happy, but will earn you extra brownie points by showing them that you actually understand their sense of style, despite all the times when they’ve asked you for an opinion on which top to wear or which colour of shoe looks best and you’ve failed to be of any help.
You’ll need to do a bit of detective work and really pay attention to what jewellery she usually tends to wear. Are they big, bold statement pieces or something which is a little understated and delicate?
What about her personality, is she a bit quirky and keen to try anything new and unfamiliar? If so this would give you free reign to explore different designs, however someone who might not tend to wear much jewellery or prefer less fuss might like something less flashy or unusual.
Research Her Ring Size
This bit of the ring purchasing planning is probably one of the more difficult parts, whether it’s too small or too large, the romantic moment you’ve created when you’re down on one knee could be awkwardly interrupted!
Talk to your partner’s friends or family who may have some inside knowledge or who might have even bought a ring for your partner before.
However, if you’re wanting to keep the engagement a surprise, borrow one of her rings and take it to the jewellers, but don’t forget to check that it’s one that actually fits her and that it’s one you’ve seen her wear!
If the size doesn’t fit, it really isn’t the be all and end all as you’ll just have to have it resized back at the jewellers, but avoiding the wrongly sized ring will save you some money.
Know Your diamonds
Looking out for the four C’s, cut, colour, clarity and carat weight will help your selection process when looking for the perfect ring.
Enhancing your knowledge of diamonds won’t only make you sound like you know what you’re talking about, but it’s really important when purchasing a ring to ensure that you’re getting the most for your money! Swot up on the four C’s by taking a look at this guide before you head to the jewellers.
Although you might have a particular style in mind that you think your partner will love, you may still be struggling for inspiration on what to go for. Therefore, why not head down the traditional and vintage-styled route and go for a prized antique ring?
As diamonds symbolise purity, love, commitment and fidelity, this choice of the stone is perfect to show your partner just how much they mean to you.
But whilst you might be going down the more traditional choice of stone for your ring, you can be as bold and creative with the colours as you like (keeping in mind who it’s for of course!).
Don’t feel that you have to play it safe with a crystal clear stone as diamonds also come in variety of stunning colours. Take a look for yourself at Antique Diamond Ring’s stunning range of antique diamond rings. With a diverse range of styles and price range, there’s sure to be something here to suit your needs!
So there you have it! You now have the essential basic tools to make your proposal ring purchase that little bit easier, and all that remains to be said is to wish you the very best of luck in your proposal!