Some say it’s a certain feeling, a gut instinct that you’ve found your “person” … your one and only … your best friend for life, and I agree. When you know, you know. There’s no explaining it. And when this happens, it’s time to begin the next chapter of your life with an unforgettable proposal with an engagement ring to seal the deal.
Shopping for an engagement ring is an exciting time. The idea of getting down on one knee to ask for your best friend’s hand in marriage; the idea of popping the question and bringing her to tears; the idea of the moment you will share together after she says “yes”. These little moments are unforgettable. They’re moments you will treasure for the rest of your life. But before any of these life changing moments can happen, you need to find the perfect engagement ring, and I have five important factors to consider when you shop for the ring of her dreams.
A major decision you and your significant other have to make is whether or not to shop together. This is a big decision for the both of you, and there’s no right or wrong answer. Nowadays I see many couples shop together, but others still feel like the more “traditional” idea of shopping alone is the way to go. Either way, this is a decision you and you alone have to make and I suggest you consider this factor as soon as you know you’re ready to start shopping.
When I refer to timing of the proposal, you’re probably thinking about the list of reasons you know you’re ready to propose. But that’s not the case. Those reasons are all things to consider, but I think knowing when you want to propose will help you with the financial aspect of picking out an engagement ring. If you want to propose as soon as possible, your budget may be limited. On the other hand, if you want to wait a few months or even a year, you have a longer time to save or have more money to put down on the ring you want.
Having an idea of the style of ring you’re looking for is always beneficial when it comes to shopping for an engagement ring. There are endless amounts of styles out there to pick from, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused. Do you want a halo style? Solitaire? Modern? Custom? Knowing a certain look or style you like will make finding a ring easier.
Once you have an idea of the timing of your proposal, you will have a better idea of what your budget is for the engagement ring. When it comes to budget, know the specific dollar amount you don’t want to go over and stick to it. I truly believe purchasing an engagement ring should not put you in a financial predicament.
Most, if not all, jewelry stores have financing options available for purchasing an engagement ring. At J.F. Kruse, we want you to be able to afford the ring you’ve always imagined, and we do this by offering a 12-month financing plan available to you. Spreading out payments can make a once expensive ring more affordable.
I hope these five factors will help prepare you for engagement ring shopping. To me, there’s nothing more special than a proposal, that fairy tale moment. I love that my job allows me to help others pick out the engagement ring they will use to symbolize the next chapter in their lives. Although an engagement ring may be expensive, the moment you propose is truly priceless.