How to Choose an Affordable Engagement Ring

A guide on how to choose affordable engagement rings for women.

Diamond engagement ringChoosing an engagement ring can feel like a daunting task – especially if you want to surprise your girlfriend with a ring that’s so special, she’ll just have to say “Yes!” 

However, it is not necessarily so. Choosing an engagement ring – even without your girlfriend knowing what you’re planning – can be a relatively straightforward process as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.

These rules apply no matter whether you’re working to a budget and looking for an affordable engagement ring, or where money is no problem, whether the ring is a diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire, aquamarine, amethyst, topaz, or any other gemstone from which you may choose. So just follow these guidelines for choosing an affordable engagement ring and you will be fine!

Most guys hate shopping for anything, let alone something as important as an engagement ring. With so many things to think about: the style, the stone, the metal , the quality, the price ……it can be enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. However, since you’ve already decided that you want to marry your girl, let’s look at the ways to make the ring buying process as painless – and ideally, as enjoyable as possible for you.

Buying a ring online from an online jewelry store can be an excellent way to find that special ring. It gives you the ability to browse a wide range of jewelry options – and do it in the comfort of your own home, without feeling under pressure to buy, until you’ve found the perfect ring…. the one that feels right for you.

Another benefit of shopping for jewelry online is that many websites sell rings at much lower prices than shopping mall and other retail jewellers; their overheads are much lower and therefore some of these savings can be passed over to you.

However, before you settle down to check out some jewelry websites, let’s look at some of the things you’ll need to know beforehand:

1. What type of ring will you’re girlfriend like?

If you’re going to surprise your loved one with a ring that you have chosen, you had better do your homework to discover the type of ring that she would choose for herself.

You need to observe and check out the following:

What style of jewelry does she tend to wear? (eg. does she favor gold or silver metal jewelry? Does she like modern designs or antique styles or maybe jewelry that’s a little unusual? Does she wear any jewelry with gemstones and if so, what color are they? Are the rings she currently wears simple slim bands or chunky in design? Has she ever made any comments about a friend’s engagement ring that can give you a clue as to what she really likes?

Checking this info out with your girl’s mother or best friend can be a good plan of action – as long as they can be trusted to keep your secret.

2. Your girlfriend’s ring size

Again, your girl’s mother or best friend may be able to help out here. However, if this is not an option – or they don’t know, then read our other article “How to find out your girlfriend’s ring size” for some helpful tips on the different ways you can discover this.

3. How much to pay for a ring?

Recommendations on this point vary tremendously, with figures ranging from allocating anything from 3 week’s to 3 month’s salary on buying an engagement ring. Three month’s salary may be fine for those flush with cash, but for many guys, finding that special ring without bankrupting yourself in the process is an important fact to take into consideration. If your budget is a little limited, there are some ring styles you can buy that look impressive, but are less expensive than some others. (Our article: “How to wow your girlfriend with a ring, without going bankrupt” will give you ideas on how to make the most of your budget.

However, when money is no object, then choosing an engagement ring is usually less of a problem – once you’ve figured out the type of ring your loved one will like.

Most of us, however, have to work to a budget. This doesn’t mean scanning the web for cheap (and possibly substandard) rings. It means that you should choose carefully. If you’re set on buying a diamond then our article “How to choose a diamond ring” will also give you some helpful tips on how to select a great ring.

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