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5 Tips to Consider When Buying an Engagement Ring for Her

5 Tips to Consider When Buying an Engagement Ring for Her

Having a partner who will soon will be yours forever feels wonderful. An engagement ring is the ultimate romantic symbol for love and commitment, but there are quite a number of things to put under consideration before you choose an engagement ring.

This is because there are so many types of engagement rings available, and it is up to you to make the perfect choice on what to take home to your soon-to-be lover of your life.

The following is a list of the five ultimate and most important things to consider while buying an engagement ring for your significant other.

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1. Her Lifestyle

This is an engagement ring, and it will be on her hand for most of her time. This being the case, it will be a part of her from the day she gets it onward, and it must fully sync with her lifestyle. Different types of engagement rings befit different lifestyles; therefore, before you pay for that engagement ring, you need to first of all, consider whether it will fit into her lifestyle.

You do not want to make her feel punished by wearing something that feels awkward in her day-to-day life. Think about how she uses her hands. For example, if she has physical contact with people a lot of the time, like a teacher or a doctor, you may consider buying her a ring without elevated diamonds. If you want an heirloom of your family member or a dear one who has passed away to be given to her, get her a memorial diamond from Swiss company LONITÉ.

Finally, if her working environment entails getting her hands dirty, then a simple engagement ring without impressions or embossments is a perfect choice for you to make.

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2. Her Personal Style

Rings, just like any other wearable, need to compliment someone’s style. You need to consider what she likes wearing, the patterns of her clothes, and her favorite colors. This is helpful as it will help you find the perfect fit for her, and you will not regret it as she will definitely like it.

3. Your Budget

This is a very important aspect worth considering as there are so many types of engagement rings out there in all different price ranges. You should therefore, be in a position to get the best of a good ring whose price range is within your budget.

As straight-forward as it may sound, most people tend to please their other halves by straining their budget just to get the most expensive engagement ring. Remember, expensive is not always good; you need to be in a position to research very well on all the ring styles available and the cheap methods through which you can buy them. This way, you will get the best product at a relatively low cost without straining your budget.

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4. Protection of the Commodity

A wedding ring is a precious small gadget that is prone to theft, misplacement, or even accidental drops. It would be terrible to buy an expensive diamond ring and within just a week, you are told that it was stolen, and you cannot do anything about it.

It is good to buy an engagement ring from a trusted and reputable jeweler that offers warranty and wraps the cost of insurance into your budget. This way, you will be safe in case of theft or damage. Insurance or a warranty will ensure that you get another one, or that it will be repaired without paying anything, respectively.

5. Her Finger Size

Like wedding rings, engagement rings differ in sizes. Some rings have a maximum or minimum diameter. Before you decide on a certain ring, however beautiful it may be, you should first consider her finger size.

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To actuate this, it is good to have a prior estimation of the diameter of her finger. This will ensure that you do not get embarrassed during the engagement day by giving her an oversized ring whose cost is way beyond the roof.

This is something that will be worn for a long time and signifies an important part of your life. As such, it is very important to be very careful while purchasing an engagement ring. You may even consider taking a friend with you who has a prior experience so that he or she can help you out in choosing the best ring that your significant other will like.

Featured photo credit: Nan Palmero via flickr.com

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No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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