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Engagement Ring Advice for Guys

Updated on June 29, 2011

Engagement Ring Advice for Guys

OK guys, so you're ready to take the plunge and get married. She's the one, and you've thought of everything…combining incomes, where to live, and even handling bills. You might have even thought about kids. But there's one little detail you're forgetting. You have to ask her first! So what does that mean? A ring. But not just any ring. An engagement ring is a symbol of love, commitment, and devotion that will last for an entire lifetime. Now that's some ring. So here's a little engagement ring advice for guys to help make that important decision so she can make hers.

So first things first, money! Tradition says that a man should spend about two month’s salary on an engagement ring. Well, times have changed and no one wants to start a new life together in debt. Many jewelers will allow you to pick out the ring and make payments on it. Once it's paid for, you get it. Just like layaway. There are also loans just for engagement rings, but as we've already said, why start a new life off in debt?

New let's get to the ring itself. The first decision you should make is if you want to pick it out or if you want your soon to be blushing bride to pick out her own ring. This is becoming a popular fad. Men are actually proposing in the jewelry store then letting the woman pick out her ring. It's really sweet if you think about it. But not all couples want that. They're more traditional.

So if you are more traditional, then perhaps you should pick it out yourself. Keep in mind that it needs to be something she'll love. Pay attention to any hints that she throws your way. Now I know guys do not take hints very well, but if you listen, she just might tell you exactly what to get. She might also tell you what jeweler to go to. You won't have to run all over town. No wonder you're marrying her!

Another great piece of engagement ring advice for guys is to pay attention to what kind of jewelry she already wears. Does she prefer white gold or yellow gold? Does she prefer a certain gemstone? It can be used to accentuate the diamond. Here's another little tip: if she wears simple jewelry like a chain and pendant or maybe just one ring at a time, she might prefer a simple engagement ring like a solitaire. But if she loves to wear a lot of jewelry at once and most of it consists of larger pendants, stones and lots of chains, then you should look at a ring that probably has more than one diamond on it. Otherwise, it'll get lost in the crowd.

Finally, consider having the diamonds in the ring certified. This will not only allow you to have it insured (after all, this is an investment), but it'll also let her know that you actually bought her a real diamond and not cubic zirconium or a synthetic diamond. If you want a certified diamond, it might also be best to buy a loose diamond first, and then put it, in a setting. This can be your choice or hers.

Even guys need help. Admit it, you do. That's why there's engagement ring advice for guys. It's our way of making a frightening task a little simpler so that you can focus on more important things, like facing her dad!


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