Shopping for the perfect engagement ring doesn’t have to be that dreaded experience all men think of. It should be the highlight of the celebrations to come. If you don’t have a clue where you’re going to start, don’t fret, help is here. Whether your partner is very traditional, or they like more a more unique style, you’ll find the ring your partners dreams of.

If you have no idea where to start, the easiest way to begin is to focus on the more traditional look, maybe a single diamond that is set in a gold or silver band. If your partner likes a more unique style, you might want to consider adding more diamonds, and looking at a coloured stone, maybe an  emerald or rubys. Just bare in mind, whatever you decide on, your partner will love it. If your really stuck for ideas, you could always have a look at the current jewellery they wear, to get a sense of their style and more importantly, their ring size. Choosing a ring isn’t as easy as it may sound. You don’t have to be an expert in jewellery, instead, keep your eye out for what her likes and dislikes:

Style: Does she prefer colorful, vibrant pieces of jewellery, or more traditional styles?

Colour: What colour stones does she seem to lean towards? Does she prefer colour, or does she generally remain neutral with whites, silvers, and golds?

Size: How big are the stones or pieces on most of her current jewellery? Does she prefer smaller jewels or a big statement piece?

Picking The Dream Engagement Ring

Work out your budget in advance. How much can you comfortably afford to spend out? Don’t go getting into debt, setting a budget early on and working from there is the best plan.

Practicality places a huge part in ring hunting. If your partner spends a lot of time outdoors, consider a ring that is able to cope with the wear and tear of constant activities. The higher the positioning of the gemstone on the ring, the easier it is for it to get caught on clothes and hair, equally meaning the higher the chance that it’ll get damage

Use hints, family, and friends to get find out their ideas for potential engagement rings, without making it too obvious. Maybe make a comment about a friend’s ring and asking her opinion on it at the same time. Ask for family and close friends advice to see if they have any ideas.

Consider shopping for the “real ring” together, after you have proposed. When you’re spending so much money on a ring, you want to make sure it’s the real deal.  It is becoming more common nowadays for men to pop the question without a ring, or with a simple engagement band, and then shopping for the actual ring as a couple afterwards. This ensures that she gets the ring she wants without all the pressure of picking something so expensive by yourself. Let’s face it, men don’t normally go shopping for jewellery and are generally less equipped to tell a woman’s taste.

Lisa Fryer