When is the Best Time to Buy an Engagement Ring? Here’s What You Need to Know

man proposing to woman at table

Looking for an engagement ring is an incredibly intimate and wonderful activity. After all, if you're doing it, it's likely because you've met someone you think you can spend the rest of your life with. Congratulations! That is a wonderful feeling to have and you should definitely seize the moment and feel inspired.

However, this doesn't mean that the moment you decide to propose is the moment that you need to run to buy the ring itself.

At the end of the day, you shouldn't buy an engagement ring until you have done sufficient research on the topic. What this research will look like differs from person to person, since everyone’s dream ring is different.

However, there are some factors that are universal. This is why we're here to help by providing you with some tips so you know when it's best to get an engagement ring.

Tips on Buying an Engagement Ring

First and foremost, you should know the ring size of you and your partner. This can often be the trickiest part of the process, as many people don't want to ask outright what one's ring size is in the event that the person becomes suspicious. There are other ways you can find this out, though!

For example, if they wear other rings, you can secretly “borrow” one for your trip to the jeweler’s. Just make sure to note which finger it fits on, as this helps them better figure out your partner’s ring size. Enlisting the help of her friends and family can certainly help -- a friend can help squirrel away one of her rings, or a family member may already know her size!

Next, you’ll want to size up your bride-to-be’s jewelry style. Does she prefer minimalist pieces over bolder styles? Is she partial to diamonds or another gemstone? These answers are important to know if you want to find a ring she’ll love. Keep an eye out for the jewelry she wears on an everyday basis or check her Pinterest page for a glimpse of her fashion sense.

Do your best to research and compare the various types of rings out there to be sure you're making the right decision. It's also helpful to know whether or not you want your ring engraved, as it can be a great way to add a personal touch!

Once you have an idea of your partner’s style and your budget, it’s time to find a trusted jeweler to help make your engagement ring dreams come true. Ask your family members or friends about their recommendations and shopping experiences. Finding a jeweler that has been in business for a long time will prove helpful in your search as well!

Finally, make sure to plan ahead! Choosing the perfect setting and a loose diamond to match can take 2-3 months, and going the custom design route can add another 6 weeks to your timeline. Start several months in advance to make sure there are no hiccups between planning and proposal.

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Find Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands at Smyth Jewelers

Looking for the perfect engagement ring and want to see what your options are? Feel free to stop by Smyth Jewelers with any other questions you might have about engagement rings and we'll be able to help!

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