There’s nothing dreamier than a proposal during the most wonderful time of the year. A lot goes into planning the surprise, though, and there are a few things you can do to help your partner pick the ring you’ve always wanted.
Don’t worry, sharing this info won’t spoil the mystery of the big event. It’ll just help steer your partner in the right direction so when they do propose, you’ll not only be surprised. You’ll also be happy with the ring on your finger. Here are the things you should do to get the holiday proposal you want.
Find some inspo
First things first: Pinterest! That’s right. Do some scrolling, create a new board, and start pinning those dream rings. You can also follow us and influencers on Instagram to see all the different styles out there that you may love. Instagram has a similar feature to Pinterest’s pins and boards: Bookmarks and Collections. At the bottom right-hand side of any photo in your feed, you’ll find a bookmark icon. Press and hold the button to save it to a specific collection — just like saving it to a Pinterest board.
Nail down the details
You’ve got the inspo down, now it’s time to make connections between all the pieces you saved.
Center stone shape. Is there a certain diamond cut you’re drawn to? If you can’t decide between a few, go off of your personality. Different cuts say different things about their wearers.
Solitaire or no. Your next decision is whether you want a traditional solitaire (which means no halos or side stones) or some extras. Halos can make your center diamond seem bigger or even give the illusion of a different shape, like the Uneek Round Diamond Engagement Ring with Oval-Illusion Halo. Side stones add interest too, giving you more opportunities to incorporate different shapes and giving you the option to add a pop of color to your ring with gemstone side stones.
Metal preference. While white gold and platinum are timeless, yellow gold is having a major comeback and rose gold is also a romantic option for an engagement ring. Each metal type also has its pros and cons and looks best on different skin tones. Check our metals guide to see which one is best for you.
Once you’ve browsed online for ring styles and decide on the details, it never hurts to try on those kinds of styles in person! Head to a Uneek retailer near you to see which designs look best on your finger.
Know your ring size
This one is key. You can either outright tell your partner what your ring size is (or nonchalantly drop a hint in conversation) or, if you’d rather not know when your partner is thinking of buying your ring, you can tell your parents, siblings or friends what your ring size is so they can tell your partner.
If you don’t know what your size is, head to a Uneek retailer to find out.
Determine your budget
Buying an engagement ring is an investment — one you’ll cherish for years to come. Rings have a wide price range, and different factors can affect how much yours is. The first is the 4Cs of diamonds — clarity, cut, color and carat weight. That’s right, it’s not just about diamond size. It’s about diamond quality too. You can play with each of these factors to meet your budget and still have a stunning ring. Halos, pave, side stones and other details can also affect the price of an engagement ring.
Find your nearest Uneek retailer
You’ll also want to know where your partner can find your dream ring. Knowing where your closest Uneek retailer is located means you can also try on rings, ask questions and determine which rings with which features fit your budget.