How to Choose an Engagement Ring: A Guide for Guys

So it’s time to take the next step in your relationship. It may seem like an easy decision to decide that she’s “the one”, but sometimes the hardest decision is what type of engagement ring to get. The engagement ring is a symbol of love and it’s something that your fiancé will share with her family and friends.

What follows is a guide through the seemingly complicated world of rings and the steps to take to find the right engagement rings in Riverview to fit your needs.

Know Your Budget

They say that you should spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring, but there’s no reason to go into debt over a ring if it’s outside of your budget. A thoughtfully chosen ring will go farther than an expensive one, so spend time thinking about what she would like, as opposed to the largest ring in the store.

Surprise Her

Instead of having your fiancé go with you to pick out the right ring, take time to think about what she likes and surprise her with a romantic gesture.

Find the Ring Size

This may take some James Bond-like maneuvers, but try to obtain a ring from her jewelry collection that she won’t notice is missing. Take it to a jeweler to get it sized and put it back where you found it. This reconnaissance will save you the potential awkwardness of proposing with a ring that doesn’t fit.

Learn Her Style

Observe your girlfriend’s jewelry habits and see what she wears. Does she have an outgoing personality? She may want something she can show off to her family and friends. Does she wear minimal jewelry? A smaller, simple design might be more her style. See if she favors a particular color—a colored gemstone might be a better option as opposed to diamonds.


Diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings, with sapphire as a vintage traditional style; sapphires and diamonds are also the most durable of gemstones. If your partner is a little more unconventional, you may want to consider another precious or semiprecious gemstone, like an emerald or opal.

Stone Shape

Gemstones generally come in ten common “cuts”, with the round cut being the most popular, in part due to its luster. The square princess cut and its cousin, the cushion cut with rounded corners, are also very popular.


There are different bands that suit different styles and skin tones. Common band metals are yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, and silver. Current trends favor silver, platinum, and white gold, but see what jewelry she currently wears. Platinum is more durable than gold, but loses its luster more easily.

Be thoughtful in your choice of engagement ring and your fiancé-to-be will love it. It’s not all about showmanship but rather about the love behind the gesture.

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