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Engagement Ring Etiquette You Need to Know

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It's the most important piece of jewelry you'll ever own, so make sure you get it right when it comes to engagement ring etiquette. There is no shortage of important engagement ring details to consider when getting engaged, from who should do the ring selection to how much to spend. And, in the unlikely event that you dislike your ring, how do you keep your cool?

We've answered all of your most pressing engagement ring etiquette questions ahead to help make this exciting process feel a lot less stressful.

Can I Assist My Partner in Choosing an Engagement Ring?

Definitely. In fact, 62 percent of couples now shop for engagement rings together. If you don't feel comfortable doing so, make your feelings known to your S.O. Simply tell them that you don't want to go shopping together because you believe it is more romantic to be surprised. Then, show your mother, sister, and/or best friend some photos of rings you like and ask them for advice.

Can My Sister Assist My Partner in Choosing an Engagement Ring?

Absolutely! You want someone who is familiar with your style to guide them toward the rings you like and away from the ones you don't. Feel free to be as specific as you want with your sister. Tell her you're obsessed with emerald-cut diamonds nestled in a perfect ring stack. Send her links to all your favorite rings if you've been shopping for rings during your lunch break.

How Much Money Is Too Much?

The answer is entirely dependent on your future spouse's financial situation. It's widely assumed that they should spend three months of their salary, but this is a myth—your partner should spend whatever they feel comfortable with. For example, if they are heavily in debt or worried about their job security, they may want to consider cutting back. Concerned about your S.O. will be tempted to overdo it? Inform them of this in a casual conversation.

What if my partner doesn't know what size ring I wear?

If you don't already know your ring size, use our extensive ring size guide to get an exact measurement. If the proposal is a surprise, you could have your ring size professionally measured at a jeweler and have your mother or sister pass the information on to your significant other. Alternatively, if you have a ring that you frequently wear on your left ring finger, leave it out in plain sight for your partner to steal and take to a jeweler for size comparison.

What Happens If I Don't Like the Ring?

Congratulations to your partner if they took the initiative and went engagement ring shopping on their own. Give them credit where credit is due, but keep in mind that this endeavor can be extremely risky if you don't end up liking the ring (worst-case scenario). So, what should a girl do? At the very least, give it some thought. The ring may end up growing on you. If not, tell your future spouse the truth. Begin by expressing your love for them and highlighting aspects of the ring that you like, then express how it isn't exactly what you envisioned or doesn't match your personal style. You can remain silent if you are concerned about hurting their feelings. At the end of the day, you're marrying the love of your life, which should outweigh any ring woes. Just make certain that you have a say in the wedding ring.

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