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5 Engagement Ring Mistakes Guys Make

Finding your soulmate seems like it should be the hard part, right?

But now that you know that you want to spend the rest of your life with her, you need to propose in the perfect way with the perfect ring. Guys can miss the mark on the proposal and survive to live another day, but the ring is a different story. Avoid these common mistakes to make sure your bride ends up with a ring as perfect as she is.


Guessing her ring size

couple facing each other

Imagine this: February, light snow. You’re in Bryant Park in New York City, with the city skyline and ice-skating rink setting an impossibly romantic atmosphere. You have the I Do in your pocket, burning a hole. You get down on one knee, say those four precious words, and she says I do. You slip the 1.75 carat stunner on and… it doesn’t fit past the second knuckle. Or even worse, it slides off her finger and gets lost on the walk home. C’mon guys, after all the planning and preparing, the ring size is a crucial piece to the engagement puzzle. 6 and 6.5 are the most common women’s ring sizes, so that’s a good place to start. You may need to put your detective hat on, and figure out where she keeps her jewelry to grab a ring and get her size. If she has sisters or close friends, they can surely give you some insight. As a last resort, you can try to measure her finger while she’s asleep – but this is not recommended unless you have a great excuse if she wakes up! The point is, don’t leave this one to chance. It may not be 100% spot on, but figure out a way to at least get in the ballpark so she can wear it home, admiring it the whole way. 

Ignoring the Cut Factor

woman holding multiple rings

When choosing the perfect diamond, the cut of the diamond is the single most important factor in determining how much the ring will sparkle on the finger of your betrothed. The cut is the measure of light performance as it hits the diamond. The sparkle comes from light hitting the different facets, which act like mirrors to reflect the light. Diamonds are cut to maximize the sparkle and overall beauty of the diamond itself. Modern round, marquise, oval, and radiant cuts are all standard cuts that are known for their sparkle and shine. Be sure to do your research so you know what you’re getting and getting what you want! 

Forgetting About the Wedding Band

woman wearing wedding rings

The engagement is exciting, and the engagement ring is the star of the show. But, much like your relationship, when the honeymoon is over the real work begins. The same goes for your wedding band. The engagement ring is the honey moon, and the wedding band is the marriage. This is the eternal symbol of your love for each other, and sometimes men forget to take this into account when choosing an engagement ring. We offer fantastic Wedding Ring Sets that take this rookie error out of the equation. These rings are custom crafted with the engagement ring and wedding band considered as equal parts to a beautiful set. There is also an option to add another band effortlessly to the stack for an added effect. The last thing you want is to have to make changes to the engagement ring or rule out a band because it doesn’t fit. When you’re picking the ring to propose, be sure to consider what you will pair it with on the big day. It’s best to work with a jeweler or specialist who can help you plan for this major future event, even if you aren’t making the purchase on the same day.

No Thank You, Captain Obvious!

bride and groom

In the midst of planning and executing the perfect proposal down to the smallest detail, sometimes guys forget the seemingly obvious part – keeping it a surprise! Make sure you’re not moving obvious sums of money in and out of shared bank accounts, and delete the pictures of “the one” from your phone! Also, remember that a lot of web sites these days target your internet browser with advertisements based on what you’ve been searching. This is perhaps the most modern-day way to get busted by your bride before the big event. Shopping on your phone or a quick history clear can save you from this gaff.

Breaking the Bank Unnecessarily

married couple kissing

Traditionally, there were rules for men to follow when it came to how much to spend on an engagement ring. Nowadays, those traditional rules don’t really apply and are quite frankly, a little bit outdated. The important thing is to have a budget in mind and be able to stick to it. There’s no use in committing to planning a life together if you’re breaking the bank on the engagement ring. It’s also unlikely that your fiancée would be happy with the thought of you going into major debt over her ring. Our Meadow ring has the look of an antique family heirloom but perfectly fits the style of a modern woman. Its unique yet classic, with beautiful leaf details framing a stunning 2 carat center stone. This ring has whimsical look, evoking a feeling of old-world style and class. A ring with personality like the Meadow, chosen with your significant other in mind, is much more meaningful than an expensive rock just for the sake of showing off.

Proposing to the love of your life is a nerve-wracking and often expensive life event. You want everything to be so perfect, that sometimes the little details can get away. Stay calm, make yourself a list, and lean on family, friends, and experienced jewelers like the stylists at Modern Gents to get you through the honeymoon and to the big day.