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Buying an engagement ring is a big investment, and is considered to be a huge step in life. For some girls, getting engaged means one thing – a sparkly diamond! It is a stressful time for a lot of men as they can feel a certain amount of pressure to get the all-important ring design right. And as diamonds is something most men know nothing about, they sometimes need a helping hand to steer them on the right path.

The following are steps to consider when purchasing an engagement ring for your loved one:

1. Decide on a budget and stick to it

It is essential that you decide on a budget and stick to it as best you can. There is an unwritten rule that states that a man should spend two months’ salary when purchasing an engagement ring. However this is a rule that was created by the diamond industry, and your budget should be determined by taking your own personal finances into account.

2. Take note

Choosing an engagement ring is a process that involves a lot of decision making. It is therefore important that you do your homework and take note of your partners taste in jewelry. Looking at the rings that she wears on a daily basis should provide you with some clues as to what she likes.

3. Choose a stone

Most jewelers will attempt to sell you an existing ring, and it is the easier option as it doesn’t involve as much decision making. There are numerous diamond shapes available so it helps to know what shape your partner likes or would like. If you decide to go down this route, you should familiarize yourself with the 4c’s, cut, color, clarity and carat as a guide to diamond buying.

4. Select a setting

The decision making isn’t over yet! Once you’ve decided on a stone, you must pick a setting for it to fit into. There are some beautiful side stones and filigrees that can be incorporated into ring design today so you can be as creative as you like.

5. Get yourself a shopping companion

It is always a good idea to bring someone that you trust ring shopping with you. Ideally you want to bring someone like your partner’s sister or mother, as they will be able to advise you on what exactly your partner would like her ring to look like. In recent times, it has become more common for men to propose and then bring their fiancée ring shopping with them. This is becoming more prevalent as it is a sure way of your partner getting the ring that she wants.

6. Opt for a contemporary jewelers

You may decide to buy your engagement ring from a contemporary jeweler as a contemporary engagement ring may be more appealing to you and your loved one. A contemporary design will allow you to create a ring that you would not have been able to do so in the past due to improved technology.

Plan ahead

Buying an engagement ring should not be a last minute thing. The process requires weeks and sometimes months of saving and planning. If you want to propose on a special date or day that’s fast approaching, you must plan and organize yourself accordingly so you’re 100% prepared.

Proposing to your loved one is one of the most special and memorable experiences that life has to offer. You want the moment to be as unforgettable as possible for both of you. Following the guide above will ensure that you at least get the ring right, the rest is down to you!

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