How to Pick the Right Engagement Ring

Monday, March 19, 2012 • Permalink • 

--Guest Post By Lauren Sierra

Hint Hint Boyfriend...
How many of you fashionistas are in love with a man who is stylistically challenged? Everything he buys is too big, from baggy jeans to ankle-length surf trunks. His t-shirts actually fit, but they advertise video games or import beers.

It’s ok, because your man is brilliant, spontaneous and romantic. You know when it's time, he'll propose marriage in the most creative of ways, and he'll present you with the one accessory you'll wear every single day for the rest of your life. It will look something like this.

Heineken Beer Bottle Cap Ring

And then you’ll wish you had this instead.

Brass Knuckles Ring

Fear not, future fiancée. It is possible to get an amazing surprise proposal and an absolutely perfect engagement ring.

Go to Ratemybling.com, like, yesterday. The site is a ring registry that allows you to create your own wish-list from thousands of gorgeous rings. You can click and save away to your heart's content...you can even rank the rings on your list. And when it's time, you can share your registry (anonymously if preferred) with that very special someone.

But herein lies a new problem. How does a fashion-fiend choose that single, perfect ring when there are so many fabulous choices out there? I mean we each have at least 100 pairs of shoes, and more bags in our closet than the checkout at Stop and Shop. Besides, it was hard enough choosing our one perfect man.

If you love all that is beautiful and can't decide on THE ring, here are some ideas that might work for you.

Choose a Metal.
You’ve been asked a million times, are you a gold or a silver tone girl. Why can’t you be both? Consider a ring that offers equal amounts of white and yellow gold, plus plenty of diamonds.

1.26 Carat Cortez Diamond 14Kt White Yellow Gold Engagement Ring

→ Buy the 1.26 Carat Cortez Diamond 14Kt White Yellow Gold Engagement Ring, $3,300.00, at sunjewelry.com.

Add this ring to your ring registry at ratemybling.com.


You can also try Mokume Gane, a modern, swirly twist on all things shiny.

Tri Color Mokume Gane Wedding Set With Gold Ring Guard

→ Buy the Tri Color Mokume Gane Wedding Set With Gold Ring Guard, $1,450.00, at ebay.com.

Add this ring to your ring registry at ratemybling.com.

Choose a Stone.
There are diamonds every color of the rainbow and every shape from your pre-school blocks set...what to do? Just stick with our (modified) "4 C’s." A Classic Clear Choice to avoid Clashing.

Sweetheart Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

→ Buy the Sweetheart Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring, $1,489.99, at diamondwave.com.

Add this ring to your ring registry at ratemybling.com.


If you want a little more edge, consider a black diamond...dark, beautiful and just as versatile.

1 CT. Enhanced Black Diamond Ring in 10K White Gold

→ Buy the 1 CT. Enhanced Black Diamond Ring in 10K White Gold, $449.10 (was $499.00), at gordonsjewelers.com.

Add this ring to your ring registry at ratemybling.com.


Remember, if you can only afford one handbag, it needs to go with everything, and therefore so should a ring. Speaking of price... Yay, it's HIS problem, not yours! For once, your credit card gets a breather.

Ok, so what if you're already married, and your formerly au courant engagement ring is so last season? You don't need divorce to earn your next piece of ice. Stand by your man, and upgrade the bling. That's why God invented anniversaries and Valentine's Day.

xoxo
Lauren Sierra

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Lauren Sierra writes for online engagement ring registry Rate My Bling, and their blog Girl Meets Bling.