You’ve been in a steady, healthy relationship with your girlfriend for quite some time and you feel that you’re now ready to propose to her. However, you better have been saving up for that all-important engagement ring. Asking for your girlfriend’s hand in marriage is one of the most significant things you’ll ever do, so it has to be done absolutely right, and that includes having the perfect engagement ring to unveil to her as you pop the question.
You’ll need to budget sufficiently for the ring – the tradition is to spend two months’ salary, although this is more an indicator than a hard-and-fast rule – and also leave enough to get it insured. Yes, do insure it. Just remember to only pay €1-€2 of insurance for each €100 of the ring’s value.
Once you’re happy that you have enough in your bank account to afford an ideal engagement ring, then it’s time to consider the diamond and its 4 C’s – cut, colour, clarity and carat. The interaction of the diamond with light and the amount of colour in a diamond, along with its transparency and weight, are all crucial factors in determining just how valuable the diamond truly is. You don’t have to pay top dollar for a high-quality diamond, but do your homework and talk to the experts so that you don’t fork out for one of insufficient quality.
You can even select from a huge variety of diamond shapes and band types. This will be aided by knowing how big the ring needs to be to fit your girlfriend’s finger perfectly, as well as ensuring that it is the right one for her personality and hobbies. For example, you don’t want to get a flimsy band if she is into outdoor pursuits which could put the ring’s durability to the ultimate test. In fact, you might not even need to rely on guesswork and your best judgement. It is commonplace for girls to collaborate on the engagement ring buying process, or even to take complete ownership of it. That could remove a lot of the doubt and worry for you, so long as you don’t mind missing out on the potentially magic element of surprise.
If you would like further enlightenment on the subject of selecting an engagement ring, take a look at the infographic below.
The infographic was created by the Irish-based wedding ring website Commins & Co .