So, you've found the person you'd like to spend the rest of your life with and you've come up with the perfect way to propose – but you're unsure of how to go about purchasing the engagement ring. We're here to help!
Here are four steps to help you pick out the right engagement ring for the love of your life.
1. Plan your budget
Traditionally, men were expected to spend three months' salary on an engagement ring. The Cost of Love Survey from Bride To Be Magazine found the average engagement ring spend is $6,394. These days, however, those rules are out the window, and it's all about how much is a reasonable amount to spend for the couple in question.
Instead of sticking to rules around how much you spend, focus on searching for the perfect ring and buy within your means. Remember, getting engaged is all about the depth of your feelings, not the depth of your pockets.
2. Find out their ring size
There a few sneaky ways of achieving this. Try borrowing one of your partner's rings from their jewellery box while they sleep and have your local Showcase Jeweller measure it for you. If this is a little too tricky to pull off, you could measure it in the comfort of your own home yourself with a piece of string and take that to the jeweller – your significant other will never know!
Showcase Jewellers offers another crafty way of working out your partner's ring size without having to step foot outside. Just place a driver's licence-sized card on your computer screen and calibrate the image. After this is completed, hold one of your partner's rings on the screen and find the circle that best matches its size.
Alternatively, download the Showcase Jewellers app for Androids or iPhones and use the 'ring size selector'. Simply place the ring on the circle and scroll through the sizes until you find the perfect fit.
3. Discover their preference
Most individuals have thought about what they'd like their engagement ring to look like and, although it's certainly the sentiment behind the ring that's most important, try provoking comments about preference from your loved one to ensure you are on the right track in terms of the aesthetic of the ring. Would they prefer yellow or white gold? A square, circular or oval diamond? With so many variations to choose from, it may pay to get a few hints from your other half, if you feel you can be subtle enough.
4. The purchase
The most agonising, gut-wrenching part of the process (besides getting down on one knee) is the actual purchase of the engagement ring. You've done all the hard work, saving money and slyly gathering information about your loved one's preferred style of jewellery. You're as prepared as you'll ever be, but what will you actually buy?
You'll want to hunt around carefully for that perfect piece. Showcase Jewellers has a stunning selection of beautiful engagement rings that are sure to dazzle your partner. We proudly offer a collection of rings in 18-carat yellow and white gold, 9-carat yellow, white and rose gold, as well as in platinum.
For a one-of-a-kind engagement ring, you might want to consider a custom design. Having your engagement ring custom designed means that it will be completely unique. If your partner likes a certain shape, colour or style, Showcase Jewellers can work these elements into the design to create a truly original ring.
Platinum or gold, diamonds or sapphires – whatever metal and gemstone combination you prefer, we can turn it into a work of art. By discussing your tastes with us, you are providing creative input into the manufacturing process, meaning that your betrothed's ring will forever be intrinsically linked to you.
An alternative way to create a custom engagement ring is to have one of your existing pieces of jewellery remodelled. Perhaps you have a beloved heirloom that has been passed down through the generations that is packed with sentimental value but not quite in line with current fashion. Showcase Jewellers can refashion your jewellery, melting it down and redesigning it into a stunning and timeless engagement ring. Remodelling your precious jewellery provides your loved one with an engagement ring that's simply overflowing with meaning.
Whichever ring you decide on, your partner is sure to love it. The engagement ring you choose will stand as a gleaming symbol of the strength of your relationship and the passion you share.
You know what you have to do now, so get out there and find the ring of her dreams. Good luck!
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