Realising you want to marry someone and spend the rest of your life with them is euphoric. However, it can be nerve-wracking trying to work out how to propose to someone. Of course, a huge part of the proposal is the engagement ring. Choosing the right one is worrying; how do you know she’ll like it? I’m here to help you find the perfect one!
This can be a difficult one, but try to think about your girlfriend’s style and what jewellery she already wears. Does she wear small, delicate jewellery or not much jewellery? If so, you’re probably looking at a more simple ring. On the other hand, if she wears big statement jewellery then she may prefer something a bit flashier. Have a look through her jewellery box if you need to!
Similar to above, try to think about what her current jewellery and watches are like. If she wears a lot of white metal, then metals like white gold and platinum are your best bets. Otherwise, yellow gold is a classic option. Please note that I haven’t recommended silver. This is because it’s a softer metal and as such may not keep precious stones such as diamonds as safe as gold and platinum.
Diamonds are arguably the most popular stone for an engagement ring. They are a beautiful and classic choice; there’s a reason they say “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”.
However, sapphires are also very popular, even more so since the engagement of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William proposed with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring. I’ve been fortunate enough to see it in real life and it is absolutely beautiful.
However, other stones can also be used in engagement rings. I’ve seen beautiful rings that aren’t traditional engagement rings, but suit their wearer and their personality very well.
Another thing to consider is the cut of the stone and the quantity. Diamonds can be cut in all kinds of shapes, including round, square and oval. They can be set in the ring individually as a solitaire ring, as well as in clusters or as a trilogy.
I’ve heard in the past that you should spend two or three times your monthly salary on an engagement ring. However, there are no real rules about how much you should spend. My husband proposed to me 8 years ago this year with a simple white gold solitaire ring. Whilst people have been rude over the years, I love it. For me it is a symbol of our love and his commitment to wanting to spend the rest of his life with me.
Hopefully your partner will feel overwhelmed with happiness and love your choice of ring, just as I did. Just go with your heart and pick something you think she’ll love!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with F. Hinds for which I received compensation. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.