Whether you’re a woman or a man planning on proposing to a male significant other, shopping for an engagement ring can be tricky. Sure, the in-store selection is smaller than engagement rings for women, but there are other factors that can make choosing the perfect ring difficult. Here are a few things you should think about beforehand.
Should You Choose Alone, Or Together?
There are a lot of pros to bringing your significant other along. The process of choosing becomes easier for one, and the experience can bring you both closer together for another. Ladies, you can potentially dodge a bullet this way as well; it is very nontraditional for a women to propose to a man, and some men may feel uncomfortable with it. Bringing him ring shopping will get the two of you talking, and communication is the key to a successful marriage.
That isn’t to say that surprising him is a horrible idea. If you know for a fact your man is the sort that won’t mind, go for it!
The Ring Style and Material
There are a lot of new styles for men besides a plain silver or gold band, and a lot of interesting choices for the ring material. Besides silver, gold, white gold, and platinum, there are materials like tungsten carbide and titanium. Materials that are not precious metals are also much cheaper, but still have great styles to choose from.
Tungsten carbide is becoming more popular because it is scratch proof, won’t bend or shatter, and always has a polished appearance. If your beau works with his hands a lot, this would be a great option to look into.
As for style, a simple Google search will show all of the gorgeous styles there are to choose from. If you’re going it alone, figure out your man’s taste in jewelry. Does he prefer simple, functional, elegant, bold, quirky? The inclusion of precious stones,diamonds usually, is also something to consider. When in doubt, narrow your criteria down to what styles seem to reflect him the most. If you’re really stuck, ask one of his closest friends to come along and help you.
What stores you go to can influence your final choice. Start with a wide search so you can see as many rings as possible, and then weed out the stores whose selections don’t appeal to you. This is also a great way to familiarize yourself with the sales associates and their methods; not everyone who helps you is genuinely concerned about finding you the perfect ring. There are a lot of methods that stores employ to nudge you towards an expensive purchase.
Your best defense is being alert and knowledgeable; do not commit to anything the first time you come into a store. A decision like this should not be made quickly, no matter what you’re being told over the glass display cases. If you feel the sales person helping you is being pushy or pressuring you, ask them for some space or leave.
Eventually, you will come across people who really do care about you as a person more than a sale, and you will be able to recognize it. When the employees have this attitude, more than likely you have found a store with quality stock and sales practices.
The process of choosing an engagement ring can be stressful and exhilarating at the same time. As long as you do your research and take your time, you will find that special ring you’re looking for.