Determine Your Budget
Before you start the adventure of researching a ring, try to determine how much you would like to spend. Of course, it is difficult to narrow down options before understanding how much the average ring costs. On average, people spend about $5000 on an engagement ring. However, budgets can vary widely. If you have an idea of what she might want in terms of size, shape and style, you can start your research there. Otherwise, think about a number that would be comfortable for you to spend. Weigh your daily expenses, and long-term goals to understand how much you should spend and how to align your finances.
The next step is to understand which type of ring will be the perfect match for her. The best way to do this is to visually compare ring styles. Oftentimes, it's hard to pinpoint the exact style until you see it in person. Browsing through catalogs can help, and if you want to see the ring in person, try Four Mine's free Home Preview. See 3 ring styles at home to compare which looks like a good match for her taste. Save your favorites to a wishlist, and share with close family or friends to get their opinion. When buying an engagement ring, we recommend going with styles that are timeless. The key is to determine which style elements she would love the most. Sometimes it's an elegant cathedral head or a diamond accented band. Through research, educate yourself on the varieties.
Understand Her Style
Next, piece together what her style is like. Try to observe what she wears on a regular basis, what she wears on a night out and what her taste in jewelry is like. If she clearly likes a particular metal color such as rose or yellow gold, you can consider getting a ring in that metal. If she's a fan of vintage and 50's inspired or victorian designs, try a vintage inspired style. If her style is understated, a classic ring with a few diamond accents might look beautiful. Use hints she drops, advice from friends and family to ensure that you're understanding her style.
Make Your Selection
Once you feel comfortable with a jeweler and their selection and offering, make your selection. If you need help narrowing your diamond options, feel free to reach out and ask. Oftentimes, diamonds can be difficult to understand at a glance, having an expert walk you through the GIA certificate can be a great way to feel confident about the look and sparkle of the diamond. Once you feel confident, make your selection. As for sizing, you can enlist the help of a friend or family member to find out her ring finger size. You can also, measure a ring that she currently wears and gauge by the millimeter what her size might be. If she's shopping with you, simply ask. Ensure that you give yourself approximately three weeks before you want to propose so that you have enough time to have the ring in your hands before the big day. Once you're done, sit back and plan the perfect proposal to sweep her off her feet.