The question of whether you should buy your own engagement ring is a difficult one. Of course, it means that you need to bring this up with your partner, which could lead to somewhat of an awkward discussion. However, it means that you are guaranteed to have a ring on your finger that you love for the rest of your life. So, should you choose your own engagement ring? Let’s take a look in further detail, as well as providing some tips on what to consider when selecting.
Is it ever okay to choose your own engagement ring?
There is no right or wrong when it comes to whether you should be involved in choosing your own engagement ring. There are pros and cons associated with both approaches, which you need to consider carefully before determining what is right for you.
Let’s start with the cons; the process can seem a lot less personal, you will know exactly what your partner has spent, and the proposal will lack the surprise factor. It can certainly be awkward if the ring you want is out of your partner’s budget. If you offer to pay towards it, it’s guaranteed to make him feel emasculated. This can lead to disappointment on both sides. Needless to say, you will need to bring up the prospect of engagement if you are to inform your partner that you want to pick your own ring. This will make the proposal itself less of a surprise.
On the flip side, there are a number of benefits to consider too. The main one being the fact that you will get a ring that is exactly what you want. After all, you are going to be wearing this ring for the rest of your life, so it is important that it is something you love. Not only this, but shopping together can be a bonding experience, you will be making a big decision together, and it will take the pressure off your future fiancé.
What should you consider when looking for an engagement ring?
There is a lot that needs to be considered, irrespective of who is in charge of buying the engagement ring. The first decision is whether you want a diamond engagement ring or one with a gemstone such as a sapphire or emerald. Most people opt for diamond engagement rings, although it’s not uncommon to see engagement rings in a halo design, with a gemstone surrounded by smaller diamonds.
If you do decide to opt for a diamond engagement ring, you will need to consider the four C’s – cut, clarity, color, and carat. The latter refers to the weight of the diamond. The color is the transparency of the diamond. Clarity measures whether there are any inclusions or blemishes. And finally, cut refers to the proportions of the diamond, which are responsible for creating the stunning sparkle we associate diamonds with.
You may also want to add some element of personalisation to the ring; incorporating your own love story into the design is a beautiful way of making the ring unique to you and your partner. You could do this by having the ring engraved, or you could get a bespoke ring designed, featuring stones and colors that symbolize elements of your relationship.
Last but not least, you will need to establish a budget before you go shopping. Don’t put pressure on your partner to spend three month’s wages. Love isn’t measured in dollars. Make sure it’s something your other half can comfortably afford.