Before you pop the question, you need to find the perfect ring. Since you’re likely going to be putting down some serious cash, you want to make sure you make the right decision. Here are some simple dos and don’ts to keep you on the right track. Happy shopping!
DO be sure to save for the perfect ring. You don’t want to start off married life in credit card debt over a ring (although it is a very important piece of jewelry). So once you know you’re ready to pop the question soon, start socking away money.
DON’T forget to do some research. Start doing your research about the four Cs (cut, clarity, carat, and color), as well as what you can truly afford in your price range.
DO find out what she likes. Take her ring window shopping to get a sense of her style.
DON’T be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s her BFF or mom, don’t be ashamed to admit you need some guidance in figuring out what kind of ring your girlfriend would love.
DO shop around. Ask family and friends for referrals, and be sure to visit a few different jewelers to see who has the best selection and pricing.
DON’T hesitate to go out of the box. While most brides-to-be envision getting a diamond, there are some women who would prefer a different stone. If you think your girlfriend is one of them, take a look at some other options. Rubies, sapphires and emeralds also make for gorgeous center stones.
DO buy the ring in person. While buying a ring online can be convenient and often cheaper, this isn’t a purchase you want to make sight unseen. You want to see the ring in person and know exactly what you’re doing before handing over your credit card.
DON’T just focus on size. Bigger isn’t always better–especially if you’re getting a subpar stone for your hard earned money.
DO consider her lifestyle. For instance, if she loves to work out, then a huge rock is probably going to get in the way.
DON’T panic. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with such a big decision. Just remember the most important thing is you’re asking the love of your life to marry you–the ring is a nice touch, but being your wife is really what matters most to her.