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3 Things Your Engagement Ring Should Not Be

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Sometimes when we go shopping, we have a little - ahem - help. Yes, you read that right. Friends and family are the first people to look over the jewelry counter with us and tell us exactly what they think we should be looking at. And oh boy, did they deliver on the biggest one. Engagement rings are expensive - usually several months rent or your salary (if you're working) so it's important to choose something that looks good and also has some meaning behind it (even if it's as simple as "I love you"). Here are three things your ring shouldn't be.

Low-Quality. If you buy a low-quality ring, then you're going to be unhappy with it. There's just no way around that fact. A low-quality ring can look cheap, uncomfortable, and fragile - all of which are reasons why you want to avoid getting a low-quality ring altogether.

Overly Designed. Diamonds are incredible stones that sparkle exceptionally well and they need no other design to make them more appealing. An engagement ring with a simple band and a solitaire diamond is elegant and modern. It is also easier to match other rings with such an engagement ring. A simple diamond ring will always be in fashion and it will never go out of style because it does not have designs that may become unpopular after some time.

A Ring You Can't Afford. This may seem obvious, but many people — especially young, first-time buyers — struggle with this. They see what their friends have and what's portrayed in the media and decide that's what they have to have as well.

But this is your ring. It should be something you can be proud of without feeling bad about spending too much money on it or putting yourself into debt for. If you're not sure where to start, consider looking at some used rings — you'll be surprised at how many beautiful options are available for a fraction of the cost of new ones.

Buying an engagement ring is a big step, and something that should be treated as such. A lot goes into this decision, more than many people realize. It's not just a financial decision, or an aesthetic one (though those will both certainly come into play). Instead, this is a decision that you should make with love in your heart—because it's a gift meant to express the love you have for someone special. So take all of these elements into account when you're ready to propose and come up with the right choice for both you and your significant other.

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