Don’t End with Surgery Looking for Engagement Rings

There’s a special feeling that blooms when you find the perfect girl to spend your life with, a generous fuzzy tingle in your belly you’ll notice the moment you wake up.

It’s a strange sensation, one that can only be described as…debilitating anxiety.

Relax, this knot of stress you feel building up every time you think about buying a ring is easily alleviated.

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Engagement rings aren’t found in fortune cookies.

Simply gain a little knowledge through research and create a foolproof plan to buy a sparkler that sets her heart aflutter.

Does that sound more difficult to be done than said? It doesn’t have to be, with a little help from her generous friends, the always-helpful Internet, and some modern rules for ring buying.


Here are a few suggestions for ensuring a panic-free and successful experience.

The Internet is Your Greatest Ally

As it is with rare books, bulk office supplies and presidential chia pets, so it is with engagement rings.

The Internet is the best place to find a broad variety of anything at a fantastic price.

Poring over the limitless selection of mountings, loose diamonds and finished rings will give you a solid foundation of what’s available. It will also acquaint you with the range of prices you can expect once you decide on a style.

Most importantly, whether or not you buy online, researching online is a must.

Start here to familiarize yourself with the essentials of diamond buying.

The 4-C’s are the 10 Commandments of the engagement ring world, and memorizing them is the first step in countering the pressure inherent in this mission.

One final consideration, buying online means skipping the hard sell tactics often preferred by salesmen at brick and mortar stores.

Though there are other drawbacks you have to weigh, buying online is the best choice for individuals overly susceptible to influence.

Sometimes websites even allow consumers to have rings shipped to stores, which will deliver the best of both worlds.


Her Friends Know Her Better

You know she secretly likes to be tickled, has an illogical aversion to yellow candy and gets the hiccups when she drinks carbonated beverages.

But you might not know her taste in engagement rings.

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You may have purchased a bauble or two that she dutifully wears and gushes over, but that was child’s play.

This is the professional league, and no one knows for certain what she really wants, except her friends. If you’re really lucky, she already confessed to her best friend exactly what she dreams of wearing.

If not, well, enlist the friend’s help and hope she’s naturally adept at espionage.

Nothing will relieve your tension headache faster than knowing for certain what her fantasy ring looks like.


Modern Ring Buying Guidelines

Finally, the recession offers a silver lining.

Traditionally, engagement rings cost the groom-to-be two to three months of his salary. That’s a hefty chunk of change for a symbolic rock, and it’s an especially difficult purchase in an economic downturn.

Fortunately, the rules have changed.

One month is the new standard recommendation, and there’s plenty of wiggle room.

Without a doubt, buying an engagement ring is one of the most stressful experiences in life.

If you perform a little research, extend a lot of patience and employ a tactful accomplice, not only will you circumvent the dreaded pressure, you’ll end up with a beautiful ring, a beaming bride, and your sanity, in tact.


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Felicia Savage is a writer and graphic designer living in Indianapolis. When she isn’t working, Felicia loves spending time trying new teas, browsing pinterest and spending time with her cat!

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