Asking the love of your life to marry you is a pretty challenging thing to do. It takes courage and a whole lot of planning. One of the hardest parts of planning an engagement proposal is choosing an engagement ring. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to snag the world’s most expensive ring to offer your girlfriend. There’s a reason why classic engagement rings are still as popular today as they were decades ago — they symbolize your undying love for each other. Still, this should not be an excuse for you to become lax on choosing the best ring. Remember, she will remember your proposal for the rest of her life, and the proof of that proposal is the ring itself. To help you choose the best engagement ring for your girlfriend, here are the top 10 classic engagement rings.
Nothing says classic more than a solitaire engagement ring. The single diamond signifies grace and elegance. If you have the budget, splurge on a platinum band. If you want something more affordable, go for white gold.
If your bride-to-be has a classic taste but is not afraid to have an air of distinction, buy her a ring with fancy shaped stones. A classic princess-cut stone will let her know she is a cut above the rest.
If you want to let your partner know how important she is in your life, give her an astounding rock with an emerald cut, like what Mariah Carey got from her former beau James Packer — a 35-carat emerald cut center stone with two tapered baguettes.
7. Unique Setting
If you want to surprise your girlfriend with a twist on the classic solitaire design, look for a ring with a unique setting for the stone. Instead of the four-prong setting, opt for a stone set in six prongs to elevate the stone from the band. This will let even more light shine through, making the stone sparkle even more brightly.
6. Three-Stone Rings
Say your I love yous times three with a three-stone classic engagement ring. While they are more expensive than solitaires, they are incredibly unique and can symbolize your past, present, and future with your bride-to-be.
5. Split Shank Setting
If your partner is the type who would forgo having a wedding band for a more sophisticated engagement ring, give her a split shank setting engagement ring. This type of engagement ring splits the band around the center of the diamond. This area can be widened to accommodate additional decorations. A true classic that conveys an antique feel while doubling as a statement piece, split shank rings will surely get you that “yes” that you are longing for.
4. Diamond Band
Why not spoil your beloved with a band of diamonds? Why proclaim your love with a single stone? Go all out with a band of channel-set diamonds or a whole ring paved with small diamonds. Pave diamonds have the stones beautifully set on the band so close together that the metal is often not visible.
3. Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Set
If you are sure of yourself and believe that your girlfriend will accept your proposal, why not give her a set of engagement and wedding rings? Most jewelers face the problem of modifying wedding rings because they don’t go well with their engagement rings or vice versa. As a result, many jewelry designers now come up with an elegant ring set that fits together perfectly.
If your woman is no ordinary one, give her a ring with a pop of color! Emeralds, rubies, or sapphires would be a nice classic touch to your proposal. If you still want to add diamonds, have a customized sapphire ring paved with diamonds similar to what Princess Eugenie has, a rare padparadscha sapphire ring.
1. Cubic Zirconia
When the budget is tight, but you still want to impress your woman, go for cubic zirconia. These stones are man-made diamonds simulants that cost way less than a diamond. If you can find a reputable jeweler, you can score a sophisticated ring that looks highly similar to a diamond.
Choosing an engagement ring for your beloved will be easy if you know what she likes. If you are attentive to her gestures, words, and tastes, you will already have an idea of what to get her. Of course, you also have to consider your budget. If you have money to spend, you can go the extra mile and have a jeweler customize a ring for her. If you have a minimal budget, then it may be wise to give her an heirloom ring. One of the things you have to consider when buying a ring, aside from the style, is the size. Make sure you know your partner’s ring size — if you don’t, it’s better to get one slightly larger than you think she’ll need.
When you get her to say yes, it’s time to choose the best wedding destination!