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You met the perfect girl, you’ve been together for a while, and you are finally ready to pop the big question. Now all you have to do is find a ring – shouldn’t be too hard right? One might think, however, picking the perfect engagement ring can oftentimes be much more stressful than it needs to be. How much should you spend? What cut does she want? Yellow gold, white gold, or platinum? These are all important questions, but they can be overwhelming when you consider how important this purchase is.


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Finding an engagement ring for your soon-to-be fiancé shouldn’t be hard. Here are 7 tips that will help you find the perfect ring that she will love!

1. Ask her friends

While this may seem obvious, talking to her friends can sometimes be the most helpful option. She has without a doubt discussed her dream wedding with her closest companions, and this includes what kind of ring she wants. They can probably tell you what her favorite cut is, what color band she has talked about, and may even be able to show you pictures of some rings she has seen that she likes. Whatever information you can get from them will help you, that is, as long as you can get them to keep a secret!

2. Pinterest

Again, this is very obvious, but scrolling through what she has saved on Pinterest will show you exactly what she likes. She honestly probably saved rings to her “Wedding” board with hopes that you would eventually see it. Seeing exactly what she has picked out as potential “dream rings” for herself will only make your hunt for the perfect ring easier. Whether you have to ask your mom for her account information or you have to create an account yourself, looking at her Pinterest board is sure to give you ideas for a ring that she will love.


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3. Know your budget

One of the first questions that people often have when starting to look for engagement rings is “How much should I spend?” The historical “rule” has been about 3 months salary, however, the harsh reality is that there isn’t a concrete answer; this is going to be different for everyone. The best piece of advice: know your budget before you begin looking. It is just like buying a house or a car, if you look outside of your budget, (most of the time) those inside of your budget aren’t going to look as good. When it comes down to it, if you know your budget, you know what she likes, and you put thought into this decision, she isn’t going to care about the price tag.

4. Avoid fads

It is hard to determine whether or not something is going to be a fad or if it will become a timeless look. Do research on styles that have been popular over the past several decades and try to avoid styles that have just very recently become popular. It may look very trendy right now, but trends change and the last thing you want is for her to not love her ring for longer than a few years. This is a big purchase and it is supposed to be something that she not only wears, but loves forever.

5. Find out her ring size

Asking her straight up would be the easiest option, however, it will definitely not be the most discrete. If you look online you should be able to find a very inexpensive ring sizer that you can purchase. Use the ring sizer and a ring she already owns to determine the correct size. If you ask around, her friends, sister, or parents might know as well. And if it comes right down to it, you can always make your best guess and get it resized if necessary.

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6. Educate yourself on the “4 C’s”

Cut, color, clarity, carat weight. Some basic knowledge of these 4 qualities will be very helpful when comparing various rings within your budget. Find a reputable jeweler and ask them about the 4 C’s. They will be more than happy to talk with you about these important qualities in an engagement ring.

7. Pay attention…

If you’ve been together for a while or the idea of marriage has come up in conversation, your significant other may be dropping hints right in your lap. She may say things like “I think Annie’s ring is gorgeous” or “Her ring is pretty, but I prefer white gold.” While she isn’t directly telling you the exact cut, setting, and band color she wants, she is probably trying to give you some idea of what she likes. Keep your ears open and your hunt for the perfect ring may be as easy as listening to her talk.


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