If you’re planning on proposing, you obviously want to get the perfect engagement ring. You want to get the kind of ring that makes her eyes light up with joy, the one that she’s been dreaming about her entire life, the one she pictures in her mind. However, if you want to keep the proposal a surprise, how do you do this?
Here are some tips for buying the perfect engagement ring without ruining a surprise proposal.
Look at What She Already Owns
When you’re buying an engagement ring, one of the first things you’ll want to figure out is what sort of style she would like. There are thousands of different rings and hundreds of different styles, so you’ll need to narrow it down if you want to get the right ring for her. But how do you know what type of ring she’d like? You can likely find some clues by looking at what she already owns.
When she isn’t around, take a look inside her jewelry box and see if you can spot any trends. For instance, does she have more while gold or yellow gold? Is her jewelry very ornate or more minimalist? Does she like modern styles or things that are more traditional? The information you get from her jewelry box can help you figure out what the perfect engagement ring looks like to her.
Think About Her Style
Another way to narrow down the type of ring she’d be interested in is to think about her overall personality and style. Is she the type of person who likes to stay on top of new trends? If she is, she might be more interested in a modern engagement ring than a classic style. Is she very active and always working out? If that’s the case, you may wish to consider a smaller ring or a low-profile ring that is less likely to get caught on clothing or equipment. By thinking about who she is, what she likes, and how she spends her time, you’ll be much more likely to find the perfect engagement ring for her.
Listen to Her Hints
If you’re at a point in your relationship where a proposal seems possible, your special someone might drop a few hints about the type of rings they prefer. Make sure to keep your ears open for any possible suggestions.
It’s also a good idea to listen whenever she talks about anyone else’s engagement ring. For instance, if you know a friend who is recently engaged, listen to any comments your partner makes about their ring. The same is true for celebrities. When there’s a big celebrity engagement, photos of the ring will be all over the news. See if you catch your special someone commenting on the ring. You can get a lot of information from catching how she feels about someone else’s ring.
Find the Right Jeweler
One of the most important aspects of buying a perfect engagement ring is to find the right jeweler. While it’s certainly tempting to just stop at the store that is closest to you and buy your ring there, know that not all jewelers are created equal. As mentioned, there are a wide variety of different styles and types of engagement rings. Not every jeweler will have the type of ring you’re interested in. That’s why it’s important to shop around. Look on online and see if you can find a jeweler that lists their rings on their website. Some, like Damasci, will even let you shop for an engagement ring online. Even if you don’t buy online, take the time to comparison shop. Look at the different stores in your area and see what they have.
You’ll also want to find a jewelry store that offers you the level of service you deserve. Before you buy anything, talk to the jeweler and explain the type of ring you’re interested in. You’ll be able to tell very quickly if you’re working with someone who is truly interested in helping you get the perfect engagement ring for you, or if you're talking to a jeweler who is just trying to make a sale.