For most of you planning to pop the question, getting the ring you think your girlfriend will love can be a nerve-wracking experience. We got three (successful) grooms-to-be to dish their tips.
"First thing to note - if your girlfriend has any expectations. Secondly, if she has any particular preference. And thirdly (and most importantly!), is your budget.
I believe that getting a ring that is truly unique is very important, compared to those bought off the shelves.
While customising, it is good to integrate things and moments you've shared and that both of you can relate to - like special dates or initials.
Take note when your girlfriend's dropping hints too - she might bring it up frequently, or drop subtle (but strong) hints while walking by jewellery stores, browsing through Facebook and so on.
It's always good to get the designer to render the drawing and show you the 3D picture of the end product. Hand-sketched drawings may not be accurate. Getting regular updates from the jewellery shop is also a good idea - delivery timelines are usually the biggest issue within the last mile of the project." -Alvin Su, 29
"Most customised rings will take at least 6 to 8 weeks to create, so don't leave it til the last minute! You will also spend some time going back and forth to decide on the final design.
Go look in your girlfriend's closet and the jewelry she wears - from there, you'll get a feel of the styles she might like, and if the ring will suit her everyday wardrobe. I made a few sketches and also Googled for design inspiration. If you leave it to the jeweller to come up with a design, think of memorable moments in your relationship, so he or she can incorporate that into the design." - Timothy Ong, 30
Don't be afraid to ask
"I started out by Googling on how to buy an engagement ring and checkign out forums- I'm sure many other guys did haha! (Or get inspired by these celebrity engagement rings)
Don't stop at one or two jewellers, unless you're absolutely certain. And don't be afraid to ask questions. A good and professional jeweller will take the time to educate you on the different cuts, colours, clarity and carats, as well as metals so you can make an informed decision.
Tip: If you want to get her ring size, try getting one of her rings (if she wears them, and preferably on either ring finger), and either trace out the outer and inner bands on paper, or press it into Blu-Tack! Or just bring the ring to the jeweller if you think she won't notice it.
The shape is pretty important and can be tricky to nail. If you're lucky, she might drop hints. Once you've finalised the design, it's best if your jeweller can provide you with a wax prototype or 3D render (or CAD/Computer-aided design) of the final product so it gives you more peace of mind. Don't forget to go through the warranty and guarantees as well!" - Edwin Lim, 27