If you are planning to propose soon and have found a ring that you’re most likely going to propose with, you wouldn’t want to be caught off-guard when the retail assistant asks you “do you know her ring size?” Here are some possible ways to obtaining her ring size secretly!
Borrow one of her Rings
Keep a look out for any ring that she wears occasionally -especially one that she tends to wear on her ring finger. There are three ways to go about this: the best bet would be to take it along with you to the jeweller and get it measured. Or you can trace it out on a piece of paper, tracing the inside and outside with pencil. Alternatively, try slipping it over one of your fingers and use a pen to mark where it stops.
Get Help From a Friend
One of the best ways to get assistant would be to phone a close friend. She will definitely be delighted to be a part of this espionage, especially when it concerns her close friend’s future happiness. You may have to choose a friend that is also looking around for rings, or planning to get hitched soon. Have her accompany your partner to a jewellery shop and ask her friend to get the required measurements.
Use a Decoy
If you’re the kind that tend to surprise your partner with gifts and presents, you’re in luck! Purchase a cheap accessory ring and get her to wear it, saying how you think it would look so lovely on her. Alternatively, if you are known to be more on the goofy side, get a toy ring or a lollipop ring - and voila! You’re one step closer to finding out her ring size. From there, make a mental note on whether the accessory/ toy ring fits or is too big or small for her ring finger.
Order A Ring Sizer
The most direct approach would of course be ordering a Free Ring-sizer from us, addressed to her. Note: Your acting skills would have to be hollywood-level to accomplish this. Pretend that you have zero clue as to why she has received one, and get her to play around with it, and use it to compare both your ring sizes!
“How much should I set aside for that precious stone?”
If that thought has crossed your mind, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve all heard the different sides to how much an engagement ring should cost. As heavily advertised, ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear some wedding gurus advise that a diamond ring should cost up to three times the poor chap’s salary.
If you feel like you could be stuck in a similar predicament, fret not, we’re here to help. By now, you should be at either of these two stages, a) Looking to propose and have stumbled upon a mountain of diamond information including the 4Cs, or b) Your partner has hinted at future plans and a shiny stone and you’re basically clueless for the most of it. Regardless the stage you’re at, it’s probably time to get started on your learning journey.
“Where should I begin?”
Firstly, align your budget with the 4Cs. Of the four Cs, Carat holds the most priority both in terms of pricing and of course, her fancy. This is followed closely by Colour and Clarity. Cut is usually overlooked as it has the least variance, and most couples would automatically go for Ideal or Signature Ideal. However, it is imperative that Ideal and Signature Ideal Cut will give the better and best brilliance respectively.
The typical selection for Colour ranges between D, E and F, as they still look close to colourless to the naked eye - however do note that as you go lower down the alphabet, the colourless disparity becomes increasingly obvious. Thus it is not advisable to settle for anything lower than F (G and H onwards).
For Clarity, FL (Flawless) and IF (Internally Flawless) are usually for those with a bigger budget and aiming for perfection. Generally, any range between VVS1 (Very, Very Slight Inclusion) VVS2 and VS1 would look good to the naked eye. Anything below VS2 would simply appear ‘unclean’.
“I’ve got my budget, now what?”
Your first order of business would be to find out what’s an acceptable Carat size for her royal highness (your future fiancé). Once you’ve established the requirements, it’s time to begin intensive researching. You can head to our diamond selection section and play around with the filter to see a rough gauge of the pricing of diamonds in the market.
Find three range of filtered 4C settings that fit your budget and keep a record of them. Those should more or less be the range of diamonds that you are looking to purchase. All you have to do now is to find a setting that she might like, so don’t forget to account for that when allocating your engagement ring budget!
“What if I am still unable to find a diamond ring that fits my budget?”
In the event that you are still unable to find a proposal ring that falls within your budget, you may consider some other alternatives to the standard Round Cut diamonds, which can cost significantly lesser such as the Princess or Emerald Cut diamonds. Some perks include the rarity of having such diamond rings (most couples still choose the round cut), and it could be something special between you and her.
Show her some examples of Heart-shaped diamonds, Cushion Cut or even the Baguette diamonds, and perhaps she may even want them! The best option would be going to view the diamonds and settings together, and you’ll be able to get her opinion and what she fancies too. Ultimately, this is a large-ticket item, and the decision for a future together begins from the proposal and engagement. At the end of the day, love is, afterall a compromise of your wallet and her desire.
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