The engagement is said to be a wonderful event as it will be remembered by the couple forever. However, this claim quickly ensures that at least one person - namely the person planning the application - comes under pressure and stress arises.
A frequently uncertain point is choosing the right engagement ring. What material, what design & what gemstones should it be? But especially when it comes to the right size of the engagement ring, there is often absolute helplessness. How do I find out the right ring size without my partner noticing? What if the application reveals that the engagement ring is too small or much too big?
Do you have exactly these questions and worries that are bothering you right now? Then I have two pieces of good news for you:
First , you are in good company. Every day we receive inquiries from desperate customers asking for advice on how to get the right ring size and which ring is the right one for the engagement.
Second , if you read this article carefully, in five minutes you will know what to do to find the right engagement ring and size for your marriage proposal.
Step 1 – Which precious metal should the engagement ring be made of?
To date, most engagement rings are made of gold as it is high quality, durable and very beautiful to look at. It is easy to work with and yet relatively robust.
However, a ring cannot be made of 100% pure gold, as it would deform very easily. Therefore, gold rings are made of a mixture of gold and other metals - mostly silver. There are three common gradations that describe the gold content in the ring: 9 carat, 14 carat and 18 carat. 18 carat is the highest proportion that a gold ring can have and is therefore the highest quality. If the wallet allows it, we would always recommend 18 carat, since they are expensive, but very stable in value or the value is constantly increasing. Another advantage is the high wearing comfort that these rings have. They are also ideal for people with sensitive skin and intolerances, as they are extremely kind to the skin.
We recommend an engagement ring made of 925 sterling silver to those who shy away from such an investment or who generally don't like gold. It is far cheaper than gold and yet it is of high quality. It is durable, allows beautiful designs, is easy to care for and is considered hypoallergenic, which is why it is particularly popular for everyday jewelry. Unfortunately, there are still very few jewelery labels that offer silver engagement rings with high-quality gemstones.
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Step 2 - Which stone should decorate the engagement ring?
For a long time, the jewelry industry here has been banging the drum to establish a rule in our society that an engagement ring must have a real diamond set in it. This should be colorless and of course as large as possible. The weight in carats played a major role.
This view is now considered old-fashioned and outdated. Of course, diamonds are still very popular, but society is largely enlightened about the often questionable origins of these coveted gems. Nowadays very few would want to overlook the violation of human rights and the financing of wars, just to wear a magnificent stone on their finger.
This isn't even necessary as there are so many wonderful alternatives to colorless diamonds. Emerald, sapphire, ruby and opal are the most popular gemstones that adorn a sustainable engagement ring. But a special type of diamond is also very popular here - the salt & pepper diamond! This stone is considered a sustainable diamond because it is easier to mine and its less exorbitant price means it has not taken on the role of a blood diamond. It owes its name to its black and white glitter, which is caused by sand, dust and coal trapped in the stone. These inclusions make each stone unique - and is therefore perfectly suited to be worn by a unique person! A clear recommendation from us!
All the details and properties of the gemstones mentioned above are summarized for you to read in our blog post "Engagement Rings - Classic Diamonds Are Out!"
Step 3 - How do I find out the right ring size?
Certainly the trickiest question for many, as it is the only point where there is only right and wrong. The fear that the ring will not fit at the decisive moment follows quite a few into their dreams. The procedure is simple and the decision about the ring size is made faster than you might think at the moment. Let's go through a few scenarios for this.
Scenario 1: Your partner has rings that she wears every day
Jackpot, it really couldn't be easier! Pay attention to whether and if so which ring is worn on the ring finger. All you have to do now is get your hands on this ring and measure the diameter at the widest point with a caliper or ruler. Round the result to the nearest whole millimeter and use the table below to find the correct size:
Scenario 2: Your partner has no rings
Ok, since you've read further up to this point, it's getting exciting now! How do you find out the right size for the engagement ring without running the risk of giving yourself away.
The easiest and safest way to find out the right ring size is to tell someone in your family or circle of friends about your intention. This person should make an appointment with your future fiancé to go shopping and head for a jeweler. The size can be found out quickly by simply asking questions or by measuring.
Time is pressing, you can't find a suitable person for a shopping tour or you don't want to let anyone in on your plans?
Don't worry, you still have two options.
The first one is a bit more risky but also a great story if it works. However, it assumes that your girlfriend has a relatively sound sleeper.
Cut a strip of paper 5mm wide and wrap it around the desired finger. Pull it tight around your finger - don't worry, your ring won't be so tight later.
Mark the place on the paper where the strip overlaps.
Measure the length of the marked strip and round up to the nearest millimeter. The result corresponds to the ring size (example: 52mm = size 52)
You can find out what it all looks like in this short video:
As a last option, you only have a rough estimate of the size. Again, this is not a problem and will not result in the absolute catastrophe of the ring not fitting.
Take a look at your girlfriend's hands and compare them to other women in everyday life. The aim is to find out whether their hands are average, larger or smaller than other women's hands. So you can't order the engagement ring exactly to the millimeter, but you can classify it in the sizes XS, S, M, L, XL.
Based on this procedure, we recommend ordering the engagement ring in the following size:
XS = EU 47 / US 4
S = EU 50 / US 5.5
M = EU 53 / US 6.5
L = EU 57 / US 8
XL = EU 61 / US 9.5
Even if you are not 100% sure about the right ring size, let me tell you one thing: The engagement ring does not have to fit like a glove when you apply. Even if it doesn't fit on the ring finger at all, that's not the end of the world! The gesture counts and a proposal is like the rest in real life: nothing is perfect!
Using these methods, you will find a ring size that is close to a perfect fit. If the engagement ring is too big or too small, you can still have it adjusted after the marriage proposal.
I hope that this article was able to help you and I wish you a wonderful & successful engagement!
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