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Everything You Need to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring

8th Aug 2017

If you’re thinking about putting a ring on it, there are a number of things you need to consider first. After all, this ring signifies a huge landmark in your relationship, which is why you’ll want to make sure every single detail is right.

Whether you’re looking for something classy or traditional, or you want this ring to defy conventions, we’ve put together some top tips that’ll help you find “the one:”

Start With Your Budget for the Engagement Ring

Even though this first tip may sound like we’re putting a dampener on your engagement ring shopping before you’ve even started, there’s a reason for this – it’s easy to get carried away.

Therefore, by calculating what your budget’s going to be, you can start searching for rings within this price range. And without getting distracted by million-dollar rings that all the Hollywood A-listers are after!

Equally, don’t pay too much attention to the age-old tradition that you’ve got to spend three months’ worth of your salary, either. The whole point of buying an engagement ring is to signify your love for your partner – not how much money you’ve got in your bank account.

Choose the Metal

Common metals for engagement rings include platinum, silver, and gold. However, to make sure you’re choosing the right material, it’s a good idea to look at the jewelry your partner wears on an everyday basis. Although you don’t have to opt for the exact material, it’s a good indication of the color of metal they like to wear. For example, if they wear a lot of silver, they’ll be happy with platinum and white gold as well.

Your Partner’s Style

Before you start searching for the ring, try to think about how you’d describe your partner’s style. For example, is it cool and preppy or classic and understated? Isolating a few key aspects of their appearance will help you narrow down your choices, making the whole process a lot less overwhelming.

If your partner tends to go for a chic, simplistic style with her clothes and jewelry, you might want to keep the ring low-key. However, low-key doesn’t have to mean boring, just look for delicate designs that evoke glamour and elegance.

Alternatively, for the non-traditional girl, you might want to go all out with a ring that really sets her apart. Think cool rings with unique stones, such as yellow citrines. And dare to bold be with the design details of these rings – engraved features will really add to the ring’s panache.

Still not sure? Then you might want to propose with a substitute ring to start with, so your partner can choose their own.

Find Out Their Ring Size

Finally, one of the most important things you’ll need to know is the size of their ring finger. Hopefully, they’ll already wear a ring on their fourth finger so you can measure this to find out. But if they don’t, you may want to find out if the ring you’re opting for can be resized. If not, you might be better proposing with a substitute ring so you can make sure you’re getting the size right.

Here at Fanning Jewelry, we create engagement rings with a difference. Individually made by our exceptional craftsman, each ring is unique to its owner, providing a personal touch that your partner will love.