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Choosing an engagement ring can feel like an overwhelming task. It’s a big investment, both financially and emotionally. The ring is a symbol of your love and a sign that you want to take your relationship to the next level. The ring should be used every day for the rest of your life and both your family, friends and co-workers will see it. In addition to that, choosing the “right” ring can feel almost impossible. So, how do you do it? Here are a few things to keep in mind before you buy the ring of your dreams.
To choose the perfect engagement ring
Who should choose? The one proposing, or the lucky one being proposed to? Only you know which scenario that feels right just for you two.
Many have dreamed of the moment when their loved ones go down on one knee and proposes with the Ring with a big R. If this is your partner’s dream – why disappoint them? See below how to choose the right ring for a surprise proposal – Surprise with the perfect ring at the proposal
If you are one of those who want their partner to choose their own engagement ring, but at the same time want to show that you have put thought and love INTO the proposal - Scroll down to Propose to your loved one - and let them choose the ring
Sometimes the more simple it is, the more romantic it gets. A lot of couples get engaged without the need for a decisive “moment” as a marriage proposal. For them, the search for the right ring can be a part of the journey towards sealing the promise. Scroll down to Deciding together to get engaged
OPTION 1 - YOU CHOOSE
Surprise proposal - you choose engagement ring
The surprising moment of your loved one proposing with an engagement ring and the ring fits perfectly – it really is something magical, don’t you think? Many people dream of the surprise proposal with a perfect ring. If this is your partner’s dream, read below for some tips for choosing the perfect ring.
It’s not uncommon that people come to our showroom and say “I want to ask my partner to marry me” – and then they have no idea which ring to buy! For someone with little or no experience of rings and jewelry, there are some things you can pay attention to so you can get an idea of what your partner likes:
- Look at your partners current jewelry and try find a common theme. Does your partner prefer jewelry in gold over platinum/silver/white gold? Is the jewelry simple, large, eye-catching or with a classic style?
- Check out your loved one’s social media. Maybe they have saved ideas about their dream wedding on Pinterest, or liked pictures with rings on Instagram.
- Ask your partner's friends. If you’re lucky they may have described their dream ring for their friends, sisters or mother. You might even ask if a close friend can come along and help you pick out the perfect ring!
- Bring pictures of the jewelry your partner use right now and show to the jeweler. Then they can help you find a ring that match with their taste.
- But most important – choose an engagement ring with love! If you haven’t received clear hints from your partner that a particular ring is “the perfect ring” – then it’s probably because they want you to choose. The fact that the ring is filled with your love is the most important thing, and that’s what makes it truly special!
There is of course an extra dimension in a surprise proposal where the ring fits perfectly. To find out which ring size they have, you can bring a ring they already use. Just make sure it is a ring they use on the correct finger – the ring finger! If you order online then you can measure the ring according to our size guide here [Link]. Generally, the fingers are slightly larger on the dominant hand (if they are right-handed, the fingers are probably slightly larger on the right hand than on the left). You can also look at her clothing size to get a hum about which ring size fits. Usually you need to adjust the size afterwards so that the ring fits perfectly. A general tip if you are unsure is to choose a slightly larger ring size than the one you think is perfect, in order to avoid that the ring doesn’t fit at the moment of the proposal!
If it goes wrong
What happens if the thing that shouldn’t happen - that the ring isn’t right - happens?
Here comes the tricky part. No matter where you buy the ring you are proposing with, it’s most likely tailor-made just for you. The gemstone is sourced, and the ring is forged in the studio just for you.
The size is wrong
If you have received good service before the purchase, you have chosen a ring design that can be resized if it would not fit perfectly (some rings are generally not recommended for proposals if you don’t know your partner’s ring size, since they are difficult to resize).
The ring design is wrong
What do you do if the design itself is wrong? Often, it’s a minor adjustment that can suffice for the ring to turn out right – for example, you can change to a larger (or smaller) stone, set small diamonds (“sparkle”) on the ring band or disregard the ring design but use the stone in a new ring with a different design. It’s important that you contact us as soon as possible after the proposal to see what we can do to help you! If the ring turns out to be completely wrong, we suggest the following two options. Either you can sell the ring at an auction (on the secondhand market, high quality across all parameters are generally rewarded; high quality design and craftmanship, a timeless style and high clarity and color of the gemstone), or you can trade it in with us (if you purchased the ring from us). We will then sell it on our platform for vintage mumbai rings. Should you decide on this option, you would receive half the purchase value back to invest in a new mumbaistockholm ring. This is a good option for very special jewelry pieces that might be difficult to sell on a regular vintage market, such as an auction house.
However, in both options you will need to be prepared for losing some of the money you invested into the proposal ring. If you want to be sure that none of this occurs - then the best option is to read further below!
OPTION 2 - YOUR PARTNER CHOOSE
You want to propose but want your partner to choose engagement ring
Although proposing with a ring you have selected might be an extra surprise, in many cases the most romantic symbol of love is to let your partner choose their dream ring. In fact - for many couples this can be the best way to show your love!
But how can you know if this is the way to go for you? Only you know your partner - so trust your gut feeling. Is your partner a creative soul, who often comes up with new ideas and initiatives? Then the opportunity to create their own unique engagement ring might be one of the most romantic experiences you can give to your partner!
There are many other ways in which you can show that you have put thought and love into the proposal – for example, having been in contact with a jewelry designer you know is your partner’s favorite before the big day comes. You may already have arranged an appointment for trying out engagement rings just days after the proposal! (If mumbaistockholm is your partner’s favorite, you can book a time in the showroom here).
Which ring to propose with?
In this case, you still need a ring to propose with on the big day! So what are the options if you don’t want to propose with The ring?
Although proposing with a ring you got from a bubblegum machine might seem like a funny idea, in reality your partner might be a bit disappointed that you didn’t put more effort into it. And that is the last thing we want to happen! For this reason, at mumbaistockholm we offer the opportunity to purchase a showroom ring that you then hand back after the proposal, when you both come to our showroom to select the real engagement rings. Other options are to propose with an old family ring (perhaps your grandmother’s engagement ring?) or a simpler ring that you can resize and wear on another finger after you have purchased the real engagement ring. Imagine having a ring on your other hand that forever will remind you of the proposal from the love of your life!
The most important thing is that your partner feels that you have put thought and love into the proposal.
OPTION 3 - WHEN THERE'S NO PROPOSAL
Deciding together to get engaged
It happens more often than you think – couples who come to our showroom before they get engaged. Choosing engagement rings together then becomes part of the experience leading up to the official engagement. When the rings are delivered a few weeks later, they seal the promise and choose this as their official “engagement date”. This may look different for each couple - some may create a small and intimate ceremony during for example a holiday trip, while others prefer to be at home in their most natural environment. The most important thing is that it is a moment that you create together just the two of you, from the beginning to the end!
Some help on the way
We hope that this article helped you in the jungle of options that proposal and engagements may feel like.
No matter how you choose to get engaged – don’t let the anxiety and decision-making get to you, just trust that you know your partner and your unique relationship the absolute best. Choosing a proposal and the perfect engagement ring should be a fun experience! Accept help from people that you trust. In addition, we are here for you to give you the guidance you need. We get calls and emails every day from people who want help with finding their partners dream ring - and get ideas for proposals.
If you enjoyed reading this article - maybe you will like this one: Propose: five things to consider before you pop the question
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