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A man’s guide to buying an engagement ring

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Buying engagement rings is a stressful thing, especially if you are buying one for a spouse, fiancée or girlfriend. Full of nervous energy, you are scared and excited at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you have been in a relationship for too long or you have just met because when it comes to buying a ring you feel that you don’t know her at all. But that’s when you need to relax and get your wits together. An engagement ring is that one piece of jewellery that she is going to wear for the rest of her life, be it a wedding, a dinner or just a casual zoo trip; she will be carrying it everywhere she goes. Keeping that in mind, you must pick something that she can carry off with ease and comfort, something she would want to flaunt wherever she goes. To help you make the right choice, we sat down with Taimoor Choudhry of Damas Pakistan to advise some simple easy steps.
You will come across hundreds and thousands of pieces when picking the perfect ring for her, don’t get distracted. Know your range and know how much you want to spend. Remember it’s an important event in your life and you would want to go all out but don’t get too overboard. Know her taste and pick out something that’s close to her style.
Knowing what kind of jewellery she already wears always helps. What’s her taste in fashion? Does she like simple and sleek or does she like traditional and old school? What kind of jewellery does she normally wear? Is it more towards gold or silver, does she like big diamonds or exquisite gems? Is it simple or chunky? It’s essential to know about her style when buying the ring because it will be close to what she already has in mind. At the end all you want is to make her really happy. Don’t you?
Knowing her ring size is the next important step. Of course you cannot do without that. Check her jewellery box and pick out a ring that she likes to wear for reference. Or wear one of her favourite rings and see until where it comes in your finger. Mark that point and when you go to the jeweller, tell him to take that measurement. 
If she doesn’t wear rings, estimate in the following manner: The average ring size in the US is 6 (based on the ‘average’ US female being 5’4” tall and weighing 140lbs.) If she’s more slender, or fine boned, her ring size is probably in the 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 range. If she is heavier, larger boned or taller, her ring size is probably in the 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 range. It’s always better to buy a ring a bit bigger than you think she’ll need, because sizing a ring down is much easier than increasing its size.
There are an unending variety of patterns, details and metal choices when you are buying the engagement ring. If she hasn’t made it easy for you by already voicing an opinion on the subject (or admiring someone else’s engagement ring), stick to the classics and you will not be sorry.

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