have you remembered the most important thing
of all? Have you actually bought the engagement
loved-up proposers go around in circles when it comes to choosing
the right finger adornment to help woo their beloved and persuade
her to walk down the aisle with them. After all, not only must the
ring be a statement and declaration of love and commitment to a
lifetime of happiness together, it must also reflect their partner's
personality, style and taste, so they feel proud and comfortable
flashing it around and showing it off.
there's the other major consideration, of course. Quite aside from
the whole look and wearability of the ring itself, exactly how much
ought you to be spending? Is ransacking your savings and inheritance
from Grandma the order of the day, or is it better to hold back,
show a little more reserve and get something a bit less 'blingful'?
to recent research, this is one key area where couples are likely
to disagree, so menfolk, please take careful note.
by Platinum Guild International found that the average British male
plans to splash one and a half month's salary slipping a stunning
ring on his bride-to-be's finger.
15 per cent would put aside two month's wages, while a stingy
one in five admit they'd only fork out a week's worth of cash.
contrast, the women of this world have decidedly far higher expectations.
quarter of love struck ladies confessed they'd like their man
to spend two month's wages on an engagement ring, while one in
20 little princesses wanted a right royal ring worth a whole year
of their fiance's salary.
feisty 40 per cent would even unceremoniously hand the ring back
if they didn't like it.
Donaldson of Platinum Guild International said: "Because engagement
rings are an enduring and public reminder of their relationship,
it's no wonder women want something that reflects years of dreaming.
although they have high expectations, there really is the perfect
ring out there, for every budget.
local independent jeweller, or any of the larger retailers including
Ernest Jones, Goldsmiths and Beaverbrooks will have a fabulous collection
of engagement and wedding rings at extremely reasonable prices."
thirds of the men quizzed for the research said they'd buy the ring
before popping the question, which means getting the size right
is extremely important.
don't want to ruin the big champagne moment by squeezing onto her
finger a ring that's too small, or having to hunt around for something
to secure one on that's annoyingly too big, so make sure you do
your research before you head off to the high street.
your lady has a ring she wears on her engagement finger, sneak it
away and take it to the jeweller with you, or make an impression
of it in some soap, clay, Plasticine or Blue tak.
you could get a bit of paper and draw a line round the inside of
the ring, or simply push it down onto one of your own fingers and
mark the spot it stops at with a pen. Beaverbrooks's website has
a downloadable ring size guide, which may also be useful.
matter how well you know your lady and how in tune you are with
what she likes and looks good in, chances are you will still struggle
when it comes to choosing things for her to wear, including jewellery.
is the case for many men, so don't be afraid to ask friends and
family (who are capable of keeping a secret) for advice and input
on ring style and design. They're sure to have a pretty good idea
of what will dazzle and impress - and what will fall far short of
the mark - and you might just find their words of wisdom really