How to Shop for Engagement Rings

a man putting on an engagement ring on his fiancee

Are you ready to pop the question to your girlfriend? While a less-than-ideal ring probably won’t ruin your proposal, the perfect engagement ring can make it that much more special. Your new fiancée will be so impressed with your attention to detail and how well you know what she likes.

Well, how do you find the perfect engagement ring? For some men, just stepping into a jewelry store may be extremely intimidating. The number of options can be overwhelming, and the pressure to get it right might seem unbearable. Before you panic, take a look at our helpful guide for choosing engagement rings.

It’s not about what you want.

When browsing engagement rings, keep in mind that what you like does not matter as much as what your girlfriend will like. You won’t be the one wearing the ring for the rest of your life. If you are unsure of what styles she might like, it is absolutely okay to ask for help!

Talk to her friends and family—better yet, bring one of her loved ones with you. While your jeweler can certainly advise you on choices, someone who knows your girlfriend may provide more helpful insight.

Pay attention to the jewelry your girlfriend wears on a regular basis. If she wears a lot of silver, consider a silver or a platinum band. If she likes to mix it up with different colors and accents, consider a colored diamond or colored accent stones. Take a picture of her jewelry box for even more inspiration. Your jeweler can help you find similar styles to some of her favorite pieces.

Don’t guess on her ring size.

After you propose, your new fiancée is going to want to show off that gorgeous new ring! If it’s too big or too small, she won’t be able to wear it until it is re-sized. Make sure it’s the perfect fit by asking for a little help. If her friends/family don’t know her exact size, it may be time to get sneaky. Borrow one of her rings to check the size (just don’t forget to give it back!) to be sure.

Stick to your budget.

The rule that you should spend 2-3 months’ salary on an engagement ring is outdated and irrelevant. Do not listen to anyone who tells you how much you should spend on a ring. You don’t want to risk not being able to pay your rent or buy food to purchase something you cannot afford.

Ideally, you should come up with a budget before you start shopping. Go with your gut on how much you are willing to spend and stick with it. More expensive does not always mean better. Your jeweler can work with you to find the perfect engagement rings within your price range.

The style and quality of the ring matters more than the carat size. If you found the right band, setting, and type of stone, don’t be afraid to go down a half size if it means being able to get the perfect ring.

Custom engagement rings may be the right option!

If you can’t find the right ring when shopping, don’t be afraid to ask about custom engagement rings. Take ideas from other rings you’ve examined. Like the color of one diamond, the shape of another, and style elements of another one? Ask about combining these to create a beautiful final product. Your fiancée will love that her ring is one-of-a-kind!

We want your proposal to go as smoothly as possible, and having the perfect engagement ring can help make that happen. Learn more about our engagement rings below.

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