The moment is finally there: you found the love of your life and want to make the next move by asking her to marry you. However, one of the most challenging tasks proceeds this question: finding the perfect engagement ring that fits your partner’s taste and sense of style. Not yet a clear idea of which engagement ring to pick? Watch out for the tips Ines Bouwen has in store for you on your quest to the perfect ring.
If the ring fits…
When looking for an engagement ring, you want it to show how well you know your other half. Everything starts with the right fit. Does your partner have short fingers, opt for a ring with an oblong diamond and a dainty band. Has your loved one wider fingers, a more prominent band is and option. A more delicate exemplar makes the fingers look even wider.
In case of style, the choice is easy: opt for a ring that lasts a lifetime. Minimalist engagement rings are always a good idea, and since diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the option is obvious. After all, diamonds are the perfect way to eternalize your love. Does that sound expensive? Then, we have good news for you. The style of the ring and the choice for a timeless piece of jewelry is far more important than the size of the diamond. If you still carefully want to pick out the right stone, take the four Cs into account: cut, color, carat and clarity. Because color as well as clarity, the cut and form of the diamond and the amount of carats determine the size, quality and price of the precious stone. This way, you can decide what kind of diamond fits your budget. Go for a solitary diamond ring when you want to bring a true eyecatcher home as an engagement ring. Or opt for a ring with a row of smaller diamonds if you want your future bride to sparkle. The options are endless. At Ines Bouwen, we work with sustainable and honest materials. Our diamonds and valuable stones are selected with the highest care to foresee you with the most breathtaking and unique engagement ring.
The correct ring size
By far the most challenging task when engagement ring hunting: deciding on the ring size of your fiancé. Unfortunately a ring is no sweater or skirt with a clear size and measures table. Yet, there are sneaky ways to get to know the ring size of your future wife. Subtly take a picture of her hand. By doing so, the jeweler can make an estimation. Or poke around in your partner’s jewelry box and take a ring – she often wears on her ring finger – to the jeweler with you. Is this no success? Try one of her rings on on your pinky finger to determine the size. If the ring is too big or small in the end, your jeweler will adjust the ring to the right size after the proposal.
The style needs to fit
There are engagement rings in every style, size and type. This might be experienced as quite the challenge during the hunt for a perfect ring. While making your choice, let yourself be led by the style of your partner, rather than your own preferences. Does your other half rather prefer timeless and minimalist jewelry pieces or does she love statement jewelry that pops with a dose of bling and bold colors? Based on her preferences you will find the right direction. Do you still find it tricky to make the decision? Take a mother-in-law, sister or a friend with you. They definitely will know what your love likes and adores. That is, if she hasn’t given you subtle hints herself via Instagram or Pinterest.
Furthermore, next to style, the material has an important role to play when choosing an engagement ring. Mainly silver and gold are popular, due to their longer lifetime. At Ines Bouwen, you can choose from 18 carat white gold and yellow gold, but we also offer more exotic shades as rose gold and a unique champaign color. Make sure the material fits in with the other pieces of jewelry your fiancé regularly wears. By doing so, you definitely don’t miss the ball.
Is online shopping a good idea?
Online shopping for engagement rings is definitely one of the possibilities. You will find plenty of information on ring sizes, materials and designs on the websites of jewelry shops and you will be able to enlarge the images of the rings you like. However, read the reviews – on the website of the jeweler as well as those in the search engines – thoroughly when buying a ring. By doing so, you will figure out whether the party you’re involved with is reliable and offers quality rings.
Yet, we advise to go to a jewelry store in person, especially when jewelry is far from your comfort zone. Jewelers offer you the best guidance throughout the whole selection process and offer an amazing service when the ring needs adjustments after the proposal. Do you want to make your engagement ring even more personal and unique in order to show your fiancé you really tried to find the perfect piece? A professional jeweler can help you with original inscriptions and engravings for your ring. Buying a ring at a jewelry store remains a once in a lifetime experience. And the idea that you secretly picked out a ring without the knowledge of your partner is a romantic story to tell afterwards.
Your own, unique design
An engagement ring with a personal message or a unique engraving is a beautiful and romantic gesture. It shows you know your love perfectly like no other. Often a symbolic date is engraved on the inside of the ring, or the names of the happy couple. Or you can opt for an even more original approach by engraving a sentence from the first song you danced to together or a short love note. Even the look of the ring can be designed in consultation with a jeweler. By doing so, you have a one of a kind engagement ring. Yet, if the personal design isn’t welcomed with enthusiasm, you won’t be able to return it.
Last but not least, an engagement ring costs money, but spending two or three times your salary on it is a myth. Engagements rings are available for each and every budget. Decide a strict target budget and stick to it when looking at different options concerning materials, styles and diamonds. As long as you pick a ring that lasts a lifetime, you are good to go. By doing so, you opt for top notch quality and excellent materials. A piece that can be passed on by generation on generation, giving the engagement ring a more emotional and valuable meaning.