How to choose the perfect engagement ring
Once you have made the decision to ask your girlfriend to marry you, you are going to have to find an engagement ring. This is a big step because engagement rings are very expensive and the last thing that you want is to choose one that she doesn't like. Unfortunately most guys are completely clueless when it comes to the subject. However finding the perfect engagement ring is not all that tough if you keep a few basic rules in mind.
The first thing that you are going to want to do in order to choose the perfect engagement ring is to take notice of the jewellery that she already has. You should notice that she has a style that she likes. Obviously you are going to want to find something that is similar to that style when you are buying her engagement ring. You should also listen to what she says, women will often drop hints in order to let you know what they like and don't like. Paying attention to this should give you a good idea of what she is looking for in an engagement ring.
The next thing that you are going to have to do before you buy her an engagement ring is figure out what size she needs. This can be tricky of course if you are planning to surprise her with an engagement ring, asking her ring size is a bit of a give away. However you are going to have to figure out a way to get this information so that you can get her a ring that will fit her properly.
It is usually a good idea to decide on the amount of money that you are willing to spend before you start shopping for a ring. The general guideline is two months salary but that is hardly an absolute rule. The price of an engagement ring can vary dramatically and you are going to want to know what rings you should be looking at based on price. You do tend to get what you pay for with diamonds. The better the quality of the diamond, particularly how clear it is and its size will be the biggest factors in how much the ring costs. What the band is made out of will also play a role, most people go with gold but platinum can give you the same look for a lower price.
It is a good idea to shop around when you are looking for the perfect engagement rings. Different stores will have different rings so you will get a much better selection if you visit a variety of stores. You can also usually get a better price if you visit a number of different stores. The larger the selection that you have to choose from the better the chance that you will find the right ring.