If you’ve found that special someone, you might be thinking of popping the question sometime soon. When it’s your second engagement, there’s no reason why it can’t be just as special as the first. In fact, there’s every reason to make it even more of a momentous occasion.
The ring is going to be one of the most important aspects of your engagement, so you’ll want to pick out the perfect piece of jewellery for when you get down on one knee. So, I’ll be giving you my expert tips for choosing a ring for your second engagement.
Are there any rules to stick to?
When it comes to any engagement, no matter if it’s your first or second, there shouldn’t be any rules that dictate what kind of ring you buy. Your new relationship is unique to you and your partner, so make sure your engagement ring is, too. It might be a good idea to avoid styles similar to the one you proposed to your previous partner with. Likewise, if your partner has also been engaged before, it’s usually wise to avoid a style that’s similar to their first ring in order to give your marriage a fresh start.
Should I stick to a budget?
Since this is your second marriage, it’s likely that you andyour partner are more financially stable than you were in your previous marriages. This means that you might be able to afford to splash out a little extra on the perfect ring. Alternatively, it might mean that you’re wanting to be a little bit more careful with your budget in order to save up for your future together. If you’re not going to surprise them, it’s wise that you discuss this sort of thing with your partner first to make sure there’s a budget you’re both happy with. However, if it’s a surprise, it’s up to you to decide how much you think you can afford to spend on an engagement ring.
If you’re on a budget, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a dazzling ring your partner can show off. There are some ways you can cut costs, without sacrificing on style. For example, the weight of a diamond is measured in carats, and the higher the carat, the heavier and more expensive the diamond will be. For an engagement ring, the most popular diamonds are usually one, two, or three carats. However, you can save a bit of money if you opt for a fraction of one of these carats. For example, to the untrained eye, a 1.92-carat diamond can look almost identical to a two-carat diamond but can cost you less money than a full carat stone.
Another option could be to opt for a pre-owned engagementring. Your marriage will be a second chance, so it might be a lovely idea to give a piece of jewellery a second chance, too. You can get some lovely styles — from modern designs to more traditional, vintage rings — and they often have a lower price tag than their original sale value, without compromising on quality. So, if you’re sticking to a budget, this might be another option to consider.
How do I choose the right style for my partner?
Aside from your wedding rings, an engagement ring is one of the most important pieces of jewellery you’ll ever buy. Your partner will be wearing it for years to come, so you’ll want to pick out a style that they’ll adore. This is easy if you’re shopping for an engagement ring together. But, if you’re keeping it a secret, it can be a bit more challenging to choose their perfect ring.
Of course, you could always ask their friends and family to see if they’ve dropped any hints, but you should also consider their current jewellery choices. Are there any particular metals they prefer to wear? Are they traditional? Do they love modern or vintage?Do they like bold jewellery or something more minimalistic? Do they like simple white diamonds, or are they a fan of coloured gemstones? By knowing the answers to these questions, you can make a more informed decision and pick out a ring that you know they’ll love.
If you can’t get any hints from your loved one’s current jewellery box, their personality can also guide you. Perhaps they’re a lover of all things vintage, or maybe they’re a hopeless romantic and would prefer something symbolic. Just follow our handy diagram above to find the perfect ring for your significant other.
When you get down on one knee, it’s important that you have the right ring in hand. By following these tips from Ramsdens Jewellers you can pick out the perfect piece of jewellery, even if it’s not your first engagement.
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