Like most women, you’ve probably dreamed about your perfect engagement ring since you were a child. You know exactly what type of precious stone you want, what kind of setting it should sit in, how many stones, and what color the band should be. However, how do you communicate this to your partner, without sounding too presumptuous? You trust your partner, and hope that he knows you well enough to choose what you’ll love – but sometimes you can’t leave these things down to chance. So, you need to start dropping hints about what you want. That way, he’ll be confident that he knows what you want, and you’ll know that you’ve hopefully steered him in the right direction.
Try to be subtle
The best part of getting engaged is the suspense and excitement of not knowing it’s going to happen. However, this makes it hard to drop any concrete hints about what type of ring you want. Most men will ask your friends or family to help him out with the shopping, or will run any potential purchases past them. So, make sure they know exactly what you want. That way, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he’ll somehow get the right idea, without having to be too blatant. You don’t want to make your partner feel as though his opinion and ideas are worthless, so your hints need to be controlled. Being too obvious will take the joy of a surprise away.
Don’t ask for too much
Yes, you might know the specification of the ring you want down to the minutest detail. However, spelling it out that plainly isn’t fair. You need to let your partner have some input – after all, this is his idea, and he’ll want to buy you something that represents your relationship and what he likes. So, go ahead and say you want red ruby engagement rings, or ones made from emeralds. Yet you should leave the finer details down to your partner to decide on.
Make it easy
Your partner is probably incredibly stressed about the prospect of proposing, so if you can make the ring choosing process easier, it’s going to go down well. One thing you should make certain that he knows is your ring size. It’s quite an easy hint to drop – you can just pretend that you’re looking for one online, and mention what size you’d take. You might have to repeat this a couple of times for it to sink in, but at least you’ve tried! You should also mention any retailers, colors or styles that you’re particularly keen on. You don’t need to go too much into this – just casually drop it into conversation that you love X, Y and Z.
Don’t be afraid to get involved
If a proposal has been on the cards for a while, and you both know it’s going to happen, then why not suggest the idea of shopping for a ring together? Or, if you really want to push the boat out, you could try designing your own ring or finding a unique piece in an antique shop.