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One of the most important elements of a marriage is the engagement ring—that tiny band of gold that, once married, people wear for the rest of their lives. There are many kinds of rings out there, however, and different people have different tastes. How do you find just the right kind of ring for your partner, so you can be sure that she will not just be angry at you for getting her the wrong kind? Buying an engagement ring is not a decision that you want to make too hastily.
1) Buying a ring on a budget
We are accustomed to thinking of rings as being so expensive that only the wealthy can afford them. But if you are a low-income worker, there is no need to despair: There are plenty of affordable rings on the market that are as beautiful as any that you will be able to find. You definitely do not want to have to pay for the ring on credit, either in whole or in part. The more you go searching the more individual items you will find and the greater the chances of coming across the right one.
The first thing to do is an online search. Whether you use the shopping branch of one of the major search engines such as shopping.google.com or are going directly to an online store you can have items listed by price in either ascending or descending order and pick out one within your price range that you think will appeal to your fiancé. In general, online stores can afford to sell their products at lower prices than brick and mortar ones can because they do not have to pay many of the expenses of the latter, such as security, sales staffing and warehouses to keep things in. You may also be lucky enough to find a slightly used ring that was pawned after the engagement it was meant for was broken off.
Your local jewelry store is also a good place to find rings available at discount prices. The local newspaper will often give news of the sales that often take place during holidays.
The ring does not have to be made out of an expensive metal either. Go for rings made of gold or silver rather than of platinum, which is really the most precious metal in existence.
2) Finding the right ring
The first thing that you will want to consider when picking out the ring is your fiancé’s ring size, so be sure to take measurements. Buy a ring that is at least one and a half sizes larger than the one she wears.
The diamond ring is the kind that has long been traditionally used as the engagement ring. Ask your fiancé what she thinks about rings that feature gems of other, less costly types such as rubies, opals or emeralds. Some of these gems can be cut in such a way that they are almost indistinguishable from diamonds. You may be surprised to find out how willing your bride to be is to accept such “substitutes.” If on the other hand you decide that you would like a diamond ring, then go with the biggest size that you can afford—but make sure that it will be comfortable for your fiancé as she will be carrying it on her finger continually!
When you go out on shopping trips with your fiancé, pay close attention to what types of items attract her attention so that you can get an idea of what her personal tastes are. What shapes does she like? What kinds of bands? What metals? You should also take note of what kinds of jewelry she already owns so that you can surprise her when the time comes to put the ring on her finger at the wedding!
With all that has been said, do not think that the ring that you purchase for your engagement will necessarily be the one that she will always be wearing. If your financial condition gets better you might want to consider buying a newer and better ring. Remember above all that no price can ever be placed on love.
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