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5 steps to buying an engagement ring

Updated: Feb 22, 2022

You’ve found the partner you want to marry. You’re going to propose, but there’s one big hurdle: the ring … THE RING! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Buying an engagement ring doesn’t have to be a miserable trudge through endless options. Getting the right ring is actually quite simple.


1. Understand your diamonds

The diamond is the centerpiece of the engagement ring–and the most expensive component. There’s a lot to educate yourself on, including the cut, clarity, color, and carat (the famous “4Cs”). There’s also nearly a dozen different shapes to choose from, any one of which can change the price. You can make concessions on color and clarity, but don’t skimp on the cut.


2. Know your metals

Once you’ve found your diamond, you’ll need to pick a metal for the ring. Here’s where you get into questions of color, durability, malleability, and rarity. The metal needs to enhance the look of the diamond, fit your fiancé’s lifestyle, and not break your bank account. Platinum and Gold (White, Yellow, & Rose) are the most popular options for the ring.


3. Find their size

Calm down, we’re talking about the size of their ring finger. This is a fairly precise measurement, and not one you want to fudge. If it’s too small they’ll have to struggle to get in on their finger (not romantic), and if it’s too big, it might go sailing off into the air the minute they move their hand (not cost-effective). (Pro tip: “Borrow” one of her rings, but one they might wear often–and use it to get their exact size.)


4. Build to their style

We’re going to be honest here: there are only four main styles of rings. Solitaire, Side Stones, Three Stone, and Halo. Yes there are combinations of those categories, but keeping these four basic styles in mind will help you narrow things down quickly. The ring has got to match your partners personal style. (Pro-tip: You can never go wrong with a classic solitaire.)


5. Protect your investment

This is one that often gets missed. Aside from the huge emotional investment you’re making, this is also an investment of time and money: it needs to be insured.


If you are ready to take the next step and create a perfect surprise wedding proposal, contact our proposal planning team. Call us on (305)-815-7151 or email us hello@ludiraphoto.com, we look forward to hearing from you.

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