Choosing the right engagement ring might seem daunting at first; after all, that is one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make. However, picking the perfect ring doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience.
To help you find the ring of her dreams, we’ve compiled a list of things to keep in mind before picking the perfect one.
Analyze her jewelry collection
First and foremost, take a look at the jewelry she already owns. What are her most worn pieces like? Does she prefer white/yellow/rose gold or platinum? Is she more into minimalist or statement pieces?
Think about what these pieces have in common, since understanding what she likes is essential to finding a ring that she will love.
Consider her lifestyle
If she is a very hands-on type of person or someone whose personality you might describe as ‘unfussy’, we recommend going for a daintier design. However, if she is the polar opposite, then you might want to go for an ornate ring - a piece with multiple rows of diamonds is a great choice!
Ask her friends for advice
If you aren’t sure whether she would prefer a solitaire or halo setting, an antique ring or a modern one, or even if she would rather go for a particular gemstone instead of the traditional diamond, don’t be afraid of asking her friends for help.
They know her better than anyone, and their advice will definitely lead you in the right direction!
Do your research
Now that you have a better understanding of what your bride-to-be would love in an engagement ring, it’s time to look for rings that have the qualities you are after. Then, take your time to see what you like and don’t like.
That way you will narrow down your options, making it easier for you to, ultimately, make your choice.
Matching rings to her style
So now that you’ve gone through the first steps to finding the perfect ring for your fiancée, here are some styles that might suit her - see if any of these jumps out to you!
Elegant and classic
A solitaire setting is a classic that looks great with everything. This design, which showcases the center diamond without any distraction, is the most popular engagement ring style. If your fiancée-to-be prefers minimalist and timeless jewelry pieces, this might be the perfect design for her.
Glitz and glam
If your girlfriend has a taste for luxury and bling, then an unapologetically big ring will definitely have her heart. Go for a multi-row engagement ring, as the dazzling rows of diamonds add sparkle and glamour to the centerpiece. For a fresh take on the design, you could also opt for a style that mixes metals, such as white and rose gold.
Modern and chic
For the sophisticated bride that leans toward modern designs, a halo or a three-stone setting are perfect options. On both styles, the star-of-the-show center stones have accent diamonds surrounding them - either with one smaller diamond on each side or with little stones going all around the centerpiece.
Whichever you choose to go with, these designs are an excellent choice for a sophisticated and modern woman.
Romantic and timeless
If she has a delicate, romantic style - think dresses, florals, and pastels - vintage-inspired designs are the way to go. These designs usually feature milgrain details, filigree, or scroll patterns, that give the ring a unique and antique look.
If this sounds like something she would love, we recommend also going for rose gold instead of the more traditional white gold, as rose gold adds an extra romantic touch to the design.
Fashionable and unconventional
Last but not least, if you’re having a hard time figuring out which style best suits your girlfriend, this might be the category for you. If her style can’t be put in a box, then you might want to look into more unique rings.
One way of knowing that a ring fits into the “unconventional” category is by looking at gemstones other than diamonds, such as rubies and sapphires.
What about wedding bands?
Whether you choose to get your wedding bands and engagement ring at the same time or separately is completely up to you. But because wedding bands are one of the most important jewelry pieces you'll ever wear, a lot of couples like to pick them together.
However, if you choose to get both the wedding band and engagement ring at the same time, remember to go for a wedding band that will complement the engagement ring without outshining it.
Whether you choose a modest or an ornate ring, make sure the wedding band will pair perfectly with your engagement ring of choice and that it will be comfortable for your future wife to wear them as a pair.
We know all these details might seem a little overwhelming at first, but it all really boils down to this: the most important advice we have to give you, just remember to follow your heart and pick a ring that you are sure she will love! Deep down, you will just know when a ring portrays your fiancée’s style to perfection as soon as you see it.
If you would like help to find the perfect engagement ring, our expert jewelers at Becker’s Diamond & Fine Jewelry can assist you! We offer a wide selection of carefully curated engagement rings to suit every style.
Visit us in West Hartford, or Old Saybrook, CT, and find the perfect ring for her!