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Choosing The Perfect Engagement Ring: Letting Her Fingers Do The Talking
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Nothing says “engaged” like an engagement ring. For such a simple piece of jewelry, that ring really does say a lot! It says, “I love you” to the woman of your dreams. It says “she is mine” to other potential rivals. And it is a promise to love her forever. That is heady responsibility for a strip of metal and a stone to fulfill. So, with all of its importance, how do you go about choosing the perfect engagement ring?

The experts suggest that you should spend roughly two month’s salary on the ring that you ultimately choose for your bride-to-be, but depending on the situation and the personal tastes of the couple, that may be way too much or way too little. Always take into accounts all factors for this very important decision. These factors may include:

1. Her taste and style. Some women are not comfortable with big rings, so buying her a two carat diamond and platinum ring, even if you can easily afford it may not go over so well. Find out her preferences.

2. Cut, clarity and setting will affect price of the ring, so you really need to know which is her choice. Some women prefer an emerald cut, some a round cut- there are several options and then the multiple choices of settings to consider, all of which will change the price of the finished ring dramatically.

3. Does she even want a diamond? Many women would rather have a colored stone as an engagement ring. Pay attention to things that she notices or points out.

4. Is there a family heirloom ring that might be preferable to buying a new one? (Some women would rather have new, some like the tradition of an heirloom. Know your bride.)

5. Enlist the help of her sister, her mother or her best friend. If this is a surprise, then choose the one who can be trusted not to flap her yap. If that is just not going to happen, then trust the jewelry store employees who can give you good advice about diamond cuts and settings.

If all else fails, take her to the jewelry store and have her select her own ring. She is the one who will have to wear it after all. Surprise her if you want to, but let her make the final decision of the ring she would like to have on her finger.


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