Buying an engagement ring is an overwhelming task. There’s a lot of pressure on this purchase. It’s a symbol of your love and willingness to take the relationship to the next level. Plus, the thought that your love will be showing off the ring to her friends and family doesn’t make things easier.

For many men, the purchase of their girl’s engagement ring will be their first experience in the world of jewellery. When they walk into a jewellery store they’re inundated with terms and concepts that they’ve never heard before like tiffany setting, inclusions, eternity band.

But never fear. Milla Nova put together the ultimate guide to help you purchase an engagement ring that your girlfriend will be amazed with. Let’s get this party started.

Decide whether your ring purchase is going to be a surprise or no

This is the first thing to consider which will make things so much easier! If you are the team-couple, if you sure your fiancé definitely knows what she wants and if you sure she would like to take part in buying her engagement ring then you definitely need to do it together. Take her shopping, try her size, let her show what is her ideal ring.

If you and your woman are more traditionalists then you definitely need to take that chance to make this step life-time remembering.

Jewellers tell that more and more men coming in with their girlfriends to pick out a ring. Definitely this will ensure that the ring fits and that she likes it. But you are losing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show how thoughtful and romantic you are. Imagine what scores you will gain in the eyes of your girl’s friends and future mother in law. The most important here is the surprise for your girlfriend when you propose to her and the ring fits, and she finds it amazing.

Plan the budget

Once some man told that engagement ring needs to worth two-month salary.
Well, we can tell that it is better to have a less expensive ring but definitely start your family debt-free.

If you choose a ring with your girlfriend you definitely will discuss price suitable for you.

In another case just be sure that the ring will suit her personality (more below). You will definitely pick the best one for her.

Talk with her closest women

Specifically to: her mom, her sister(s), her friends. If she hasn’t shared her dream engagement ring with you, she most definitely has with her girlfriends. Ask them for advice. Who knows? She might love the rings her grandmother used to wear and lead you to the right choice with the perfect similarity.

Maybe you can have one of them come shopping with you.

Create her profile

So we give you a lot of different ways to draw your’s future fiancé personality to make the best pick. It is your choice on how to gather the information.

When you’re with your girlfriend, take note of the type of jewellery she wears. Does she wear a lot of gold? Maybe she’s a silver or platinum woman. Perhaps there’s a particular stone she wears a lot, like her birthstone, that she’d like more than a diamond. Does she like simple, understated pieces? Or does she prefer the big, shining variety?

Think about her personality; is she an outgoing girl who you know is going to want to show off her ring to everyone she meets? Then go for something big and sparkly. Is she a woman, who doesn’t wear much jewellery at all? Look for rings that are simple and yet beautiful.

If she likes romantic comedies, take the opportunity to learn about the fashion and jewellery styles she likes (especially true of wedding-themed flicks). When viewing art, does she lean towards certain themes and design eras? Her tastes in art, fashion, and film can likely translate into her taste for jewellery.

So what can be some of your conclusions:

  • If she’s a jeans-and-snickers type, you’ll want a ring that’s clean and minimal.
  • If you have yet to see her wearing anything but vintage dresses, consider something antique-inspired.
  • If she has a job in which she uses her hands all day, you will want an engagement ring setting that sits low on her finger, to minimize the risk of damage to the stone.

Use that smartphone to take pictures on the fly of the kind of rings she typically goes for. If she has mostly solitaire rings in her jewellery box, chances are she’d appreciate a single topper for her engagement ring setting. Take note of side stone settings, too. She might like a big centre stone surrounded by smaller ones or three middle-sized stones.

Go to her Pinterest account

This kind of deductive thinking will help you focus on your shopping strategy.

Pinterest as a social network has become the default place for women to keep track of all the things they love and like. It can lead you to her latest favourite things and maybe even she saved some rings there. If you already have a Pinterest account then you know your way around. But if you don’t, you can use your Facebook log-in to gain access. Just enter her name in the search field, find her account and start scrolling.

Choose the band

The most popular today are rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, platinum and silver. While platinum may look quite similar to silver, it has a greater density and is significantly more expensive, and is also rarer. Some metals scratch easier than others, so be sure to consider your girlfriend’s lifestyle. You’ll also want to think about if you want stones set in the band as well.

How to choose a diamond

So you’ve selected a band. We now move to the most important point of most engagement rings: the diamond. For many men, purchasing a diamond can seem like a black hole but with a bit of knowledge, you can walk out of a jewellery store with a stone your fiancee will be dying to show off to her friends.

When selecting a diamond, you’ll want to take into account the “four C’s:” cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. All four these factors determine the quality and cost of the diamond.

Cut. Cut refers to the angles and proportions of the stone and is determined by a cutter. A well-cut diamond reflects light from one facet to another and projects the light through the top of the stone. This is what gives a diamond its sparkle. Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow leak light through the bottom or the side of the stone, resulting in a lacklustre appearance.

The cut is the most important. Even if you have the perfect colour, clarity, and carat, if the cut isn’t right, the diamond won’t have that fiery brilliance that your fiancé will show off to her friends.

Colour. Diamond colour is graded on a scale that ranges from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). Truly colourless diamonds are the rarest and most expensive. White colour diamonds are the most popular.

Clarity. The fewer imperfections a diamond has, the more clear, and more expensive it is. When the jeweller starts discussing the clarity of the diamond, he or she will probably mention the diamond’s “inclusions.” Inclusions are other minerals or tiny fractures in the diamond. The fewer inclusions the better.

Like colour, clarity is measured on a scale. SI1 and SI2 are slightly included but you won’t be able to see the imperfection with the naked eye. Try to find a diamond in this range.

When looking at a diamond, avoid stones with inclusions on the top and in the middle, as this can impact the dispersion of light, making it less brilliant.

Carat Weight. Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. The heavier the stone, the more you’re going to pay. However, there’s no need to get to catch up on the carat weight. Through proper mounting and shaping, a master jeweller can make a diamond appear larger than its carat weight might suggest.

Do you know the size?

The easiest way is to visit a jewellery store for a professional measurement. But if you playing this game solo you can have a close friend or family member gather the ring size information for you. Parents or friends may have purchased jewellery from them in the past, or have access to their jewellery collection. They can also covertly ask for their ring size (just in case you ‘happen’ to propose).

Remember that not knowing the ring size doesn’t have to spoil your proposal plan. Go with your best estimate using the ideas above, and opt for a half size up when in doubt

The ring can be resized after the proposal. Most diamond sellers offer complimentary ring resizing within a certain time frame. Be sure to know ahead of time what the free resize period is at your particular vendor so you don’t miss out on this service.

Take her to the jewellery shop

Pretend you want to look at watches and invite her to drop by a jewellery store. Let her browse through the ring section and take note of the styles and settings she gravitates towards. You can also plan ahead and recruit the salesclerk handling the rings section of the store. He or she can give you a report on which rings your future fiancee preferred.

When you will successfully pop up the question, you will be the subject of conversations among your girlfriend’s social circle and your future mother-in-law. If you decide to make the engagement ring a surprise it will take some work, but it’s well worth the investment.

Remember this isn’t the only time you’ll ever have to buy her jewellery. If you’re planning on having a long and happy marriage that means there’ll be plenty of birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate. Get to know her style now will save so much time on gift shopping decisions in the future.