#1 Your budget

I'm a firm believer that the cost of your engagement ring or wedding ring needn't cost an arm or leg (or a certain number of months of your salary), but what you're comfortable with. Deciding on your budget will also help in narrowing down on the type of ring, stone and metal to consider. 

 

#2 Consider your style

The diamond solitaire is the only ring to get when it comes to engagement rings... said no one ever. If you're a non-traditionalist, consider rings with a few cluster stones, or even other gemstones. For more statement or glamorous options, diamond encrusted-bands or halos are lovely. Plus, a halo can help make the engagement ring look bigger than it really is. If you love a fuss-free look, there are plenty of gorgeous minimalist styles

 

#3 Think of the metal

Different metals have different properties that you'll want to take into consideration based on your budget and lifestyle. For example, white gold is a modern and versatile alternative to yellow gold, but its rhodium plating may wear away over time. When it comes to hardy materials, platinum is a great option but can be costly. See our guide here

 

#4 Start early 

To make sure you have optimal time to nail the perfect ring, it's always a good idea to start early. Browse through different stores to see what they have to offer, and don't be afraid to ask questions, even those that might seem silly. 

 

#5 Think about shopping for your ring and bands together

Okay so the proposal might not be a surprise, but you might want to consider going ring hunting together. And why not, there's no surer way to get the ring of your dreams! Plus, it's super fun to try on all the engagement rings available! If not, here's how you can give your partner hints on the type of sparkler you'd like

And for the grooms (or brides!) looking to get her ring size on the sly, here are some ways to do it.

 

To get you started on your shopping journey, check out these sparkling Forevermark diamond rings (available at Lee Hwa Jewellery) that are set beautifully for maximum brillance.

Photography: Darren Chang
Styling: Wendy Foo
Calligraphy: Dee Capulan from souldeelight.com

See also: 9 THINGS BRIDES WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY

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