The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to buying an engagement ring - Part 1
So. You’ve found the love of your life and are ready to take your relationship to the next level by proposing. The proposal itself is where your journey begins, and it’s sure to be an unforgettable one, which is why it’s so important that you get the right engagement ring for your loved one. This can be a daunting task for some, and you might not even know where to begin! This is why we’ve created a straightforward guide you can follow every step of the way.
- Set a budget. As with many major purchases, you’ll first need to decide what you’re willing to spend. Take some time looking at retail and online jewellers to get a general idea of what you may expect to pay. Remember: the old adage that you should spend a certain amount of your annual salary is antiquated! Aim for something you can comfortably afford, or at most, pay off in a year or less.
- Find the right size. Most people won’t know their partner’s ring size off the top of their head. If you’re planning a surprise proposal, this means you might need to do a little snooping. Take a look at their current ring collection! You could trace one of their current rings on paper. If this doesn’t work, don’t hesitate to enlist friends and family to help you find out the measurements. Alternatively, use our online ring sizing guide for comparison!
- Choose your design. With so many options to consider, it can be difficult to narrow your design choices. Remember if your partner has dropped you hints along the way! These can provide crucial guidance. If they haven’t, use your previous research of their ring collection for inspiration, or call on the advice of friends and family.
Congratulations! You’ve done the necessary groundwork and are ready for the exciting part – choosing the exact ring. Head to Part 2 of our Guide to buying an engagement ring for the next steps.