4 Ways To Make Wedding And Engagement Ring Shopping Less Stressful

by: Audrie Ford

An engagement ring is an all-important symbol of love and devotion. Choosing a proper ring, however, can come with serious anxiety. According to a Huffington Post article published in 2014, “ring shopping is the World Champion of Stressful Moments”. 

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Thankfully, there are a few surprisingly simple things to consider while ring shopping that can drastically cut the stress of finding the perfect surprise.

Look at their favorite color.

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This is an obvious, but often overlooked aspect of any jewelry shopping. If their favorite color is something that lines up with precious gems, you can purchase a ring that borrows inspiration from that hue. From simple colors like red and blue to unique shades of peach, there are gems of every variety to compliment that special someone’s best loved color. Plus, there’s an added bonus of knowing they’ll like the ring when the gem is a color they’re already in love with.

Turn to their birthstone.

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If your significant other’s favorite color is obscure or unattractive in precious stone form, have no fear. Adhering to the “KISS” philosophy of Keep It Simple, Sweety, you can use their birthstone to glam up the engagement ring. A birthstone comes with symbolism that’s specific to them and the month they came into this world, and can personalize their ring without the added cost of engraving. If you’re skeptical about birthstones, consider that each stone is beautiful even without being attached to a specific month of the year. And, each gem comes in several different shades of its primary color, so you can still customize to their tastes within the gem of the month.

Examine jewelry they already own.

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Once you’ve settled on a gem you’re interested in, you need to choose a proper style of ring. Engagement rings can range from ornate to simple. The subtle differences in metalwork are likely the largest contributor to ring shopping anxiety.

To ensure you stay within what your loved one will really want to wear for the rest of their life, sneak a peek at the jewelry they already own. If your loved one is sparse in that department, try and sneakily inquire about it without spoiling your intended surprise. Perhaps you have friends that are newly engaged and you can show pictures of that ring. Or, mention a ring that’s already in your family.  The main point is that you need to feel out what they actually like before you settle on a ring design. In The Knot’s “17 Popular Wedding Ring Trends” of the year they reported on everything from square bands to spiraling vintage bands. With so many vastly different options out there, knowing what style of jewelry your spouse-to-be likes is an absolute must.

Talk to their friends and family.


The beauty of in-laws, whether by blood or friendship, is that they can help in your most trying hours as a couple. That means you can turn to them when you’re trying to choose the perfect ring to pop the question with. Chances are they’ve known your lover for longer than you have and can help narrow down some of your ring options.

When someone wants to surprise their significant other with a proposal, ring shopping can feel like being stuck between a precious rock and a hard place. But with careful planning and consideration of the person soon to be wearing that beautiful band, the World Champion of Stress can be tackled successfully and the perfect ring can be found!

Sue Fox

Love You Tomorrow was founded by Sue Fox, a jewelry and wedding enthusiast from New York. Her father, Simon, was a jewelry appraiser, whose family had deep roots in the mining industry. Sue grew up schooled in the different properties of gems and metals, as well as in the care and appraisal of jewelry. She was most fascinated by how different gems, materials, cuts, and settings could be put together in endless combinations to make thousands of unique pieces of jewelry. Best of all, each piece was distinct in its purpose and design to match the personality of the wearer. Love You Tomorrow began as a passion project in 2016. This was around the time when many of Sue’s friends and family members were getting married. Knowing her expertise, they often sought out her advice on wedding and engagement rings. The blog started out as a place to house Sue’s now in-demand knowledge. Her first posts were buying guides for diamonds, roundups of her favorite ring recommendations around the web, and practical tips about choosing the right gemstone for you. It became apparent pretty quickly that the most common visitors to her blog were couples in the market for wedding and engagement rings. Since rings were only one item on an engaged couple’s to-do list, Sue also began to receive inquiries about how the perfect rings would fit into the rest of the whole wedding picture. Since then, Sue’s vision for the blog expanded to become a one-stop shop for other resources on weddings in general. Today, Love You Tomorrow is a wedding blog that features not just Sue’s expertise on wedding and engagement rings, but also insights from her “Wedding Party”, a team of wedding experts and enthusiasts who write guides, recommendations, and tips for happy couples looking to tie the knot. Sue is now currently based in Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Monterey Peninsula in California. She lives with her husband Jess, and their three dogs, Sleepy, Dopey, and Doc.

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