You’ve decided it’s time to propose to your partner – but first you need a ring. As many men soon discover, buying an engagement ring is no easy task. There are lots of expensive mistakes that can be made along the way if you’re not careful. Here are some of those mistakes – and how you can avoid them.
Waiting the week before to go ring shopping
It’s important to give yourself enough time to find the perfect ring. In fact, you should avoid planning out your proposal until you’ve bought a ring, so that you don’t have to rush the process. You definitely shouldn’t be shopping for a ring with only a week to spare – it could be too late to consider custom rings or online deliveries, meaning that you are likely to be restricted to local jewellers.
Not knowing which style your partner likes
Engagement rings come in a multitude of styles. Some are old, some are modern, some are blingy, some are subtle, some are classic and some are quirky. Your partner will likely have a preference – make sure that you have a good idea of what their preference is. Asking them directly might make it all a bit too obvious, so consider other ways of working out their preferred style. This could include asking their friends and family to do some investigating for you or taking a look through their jewellery to get an idea of their style.
Buying a ring that is too small
It can be very useful to know the size of your partner’s finger before you purchase a ring. If you guess it wrong, your partner won’t be able to wear it. Some jewellers offer free resizing services – however this tends to only be for rings that are too big. Making a small ring larger can be a lot tricker and a lot more expensive. When in doubt, try to opt for a larger ring – it’s easier to make a ring smaller than it is to make it bigger. Alternatively, you could try some of these tricks at https://www.insider.com/how-to-get-ring-size-of-partner-2018-9 to help work out their ring size.
Sticking only to brick and mortar jewellers
Brick-and-mortar jewellers have their advantages – you can examine each ring in person and you don’t have to wait around for delivery. They do tend to be a lot more expensive than online jewellers though and may have a more limited range of rings to choose from. There are plenty of sites such as https://www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/ that sell engagement rings. Give these sites a browse to see what options are available!
Sticking only to online jewellers
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you don’t want to just be browsing online for rings. There could be brick-and-mortar jewellers in your area that have stylish designs (your fiancée-to-be may have even spotted a ring in a local store and pointed it out to you). You can expect to pay more money at a local jeweller, however you have the benefit of asking staff for their advice as well as inspecting rings up close.