Wedding & Engagement Rings:
Tips & Advice
With so many wedding & engagement rings out there how do you even begin to
figure out where to start? What style? Color? Type? Price?
It's a very personal choice and some couples choose to shop together.
But if you're planning on making the proposal a surprise or
are more traditional, you'll be doing it all on your own.
Not to worry, there are some sure-fire ways to do some
sneaky reconnaissance work and she'll be none the
Listen To Her
Listen to her: We know it sounds crazy but it works!
likely that your soon to be fiancé has dropped hints about her favorite ring or
Are there copies of fashion or bridal magazines around the house,
with certain pages dog-eared? Do any of those pages contain engagement rings?
These are your signals, she is trying to talk to you, learn to decode them well,
they speak volumes.
Open Your Eyes: What Kind of Jewelry?
Check out the jewelry she wears every day. Is it mostly gold, silver or
platinum? Does she like intricate and ornate pieces or is her jewelry mostly clean lines or modern looking?
Does she have a love for vintage pieces?
Consider all her
jewelry here and not just rings. Does she have a favorite piece? If so, make sure you ask her why
it's her favorite.
You don't want to end up buying something that's in the
same style as her favorite piece only to find out the reason was that her
grandmother gave it to her and it has a lot of sentimental value even
though she doesn't like the style or design.
Ask Her Friends & Family
It's very possible that she's talked about wedding & engagement rings with her
best friend or family members.
So you could strike gold (or platinum) by doing a little friendly
digging. You talk to your buddies about cars and sports teams, for girls
it's the same thing when it comes to jewelry.
Yep, Her Ring Size!
Don't forget you're going to need her
and that every finger on her hand is a different size.
You know that the ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand but do
you know why? It's all part of the
tradition of engagement rings which
dates back centuries.
Now to figure out the size...You
may have to be a little sneaky with this one so put on some dark shades and get
your detective groove on.
If she already wears a ring on that finger (which is unlikely) you scored big
time! If not, there are a few things you can do.
When she leaves her rings lying around, secretly grab them and trace the
inside of the band on paper and take that to a jeweler letting them know which
finger she normally wears them on. They'll be pretty good at
approximating her the right size based on what you brought them.
Engaging Tip: If you need to measure for size, we offer a printable page that includes various
templates so that you can place an existing ring on top of the illustrations.
It also has a sizing tool which you cut out and wrap around the finger to get your measurement, but that'll be tough if you want to make it a surprise.
Get our FREE printable engagement ring size chart.
Another great and accurate way is to have one of her friends help you out by having her
try on their rings to see which fits on what finger. It's likely that you'll end
up with one that's a pretty good (if not perfect) fit!
More Tips For Him
Read our Top 8 Tips on Buying an
engagement ring BEFORE you go shopping and how to save
money on diamonds.
Also, check out this 3 part interview we had with a
Chicago Tribune reporter. In the first part we
cover how to figure out
what kind of ring to get for her.
you need to know about diamonds and the 4Css going into the process and how
much you should spend. And finally, we cover what many young Romeos have
unfortunately experienced with the
Hey, have you checked out our
fun quiz that helps you figure out what kind of girl she is
and what she may like?
Don't get stressed out about it, if you put some thought into it and really
make an effort to try and figure things out, you'll have a pretty good idea of
your girl's taste for both her wedding & engagement ring. Then, spend a few
days checking out the various websites of different
designers and stores to find the