Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Planning The Perfect Proposal: How To Shop For The Ring

by Tammy May

Getting engaged is an exciting and life-changing experience. You're committing to spending the rest of your life with your special loved one, and you want to make sure the proposal is perfect. The first step in creating your ideal proposal is choosing the perfect engagement ring! This can be a daunting prospect, especially if you haven't done much jewelry shopping in the past. Here are four tips to help you pick out a stunning ring.

1. Go for timeless designs.

Fads come and go, but an engagement ring is forever. By choosing a classic design for your engagement ring, you'll be buying something that will never go out of style. For instance, gold solitaire diamond rings are classic, beautiful pieces of jewelry. These rings are sophisticated and tasteful, and they can become heirlooms passed down in your family through the generations.

2. Honor her style.

No one knows your fiancée like you do, and now is the time to put that knowledge to good use. If your sweetheart is a minimalist at heart, an engagement ring with a single, small diamond might be just the ticket. If she works in a profession where a big ring isn't practical, such as in a kitchen, you might want to choose a practical yet beautiful solid gold band. No matter what ring you pick, make sure it reflects your fiance's personality and the relationship that you share together.

3. Get her ring size.

This is the tricky part, especially if you want the proposal to be a surprise! If you live with your fiancée, you might be able to borrow one of her rings to bring to the jeweler. However, this only works if she typically wears rings on her ring finger. If that's not an option, you can try calling her family and friends and getting them in on it. Perhaps one of them can take her to try on rings as part of a girls' day out. They will probably be thrilled to help you surprise her with a ring that fits.

4. Go together!

If all else fails, go shopping for the ring together. Although it won't be a surprise, engagement ring shopping can be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime bonding experience in its own right. If you decide to ring shop together, your fiancée can try on rings to ensure proper fit. As an added bonus, she can help you pick out a ring that she truly loves.

There are so many things to consider when planning a proposal and wedding, but shopping for the perfect engagement ring doesn't have to be a nerve-wracking experience. Just keep these four basics in mind as you start to hunt for wedding jewelry.


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Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Ever since I was a child, I've loved the look of fashion earrings. However, I soon discovered that my ears are sensitive to metal-coated earrings. Rather than spend a small fortune for custom made jewelry, I've found retailers that sell hypoallergenic earrings. These earrings are made for individuals such as myself with sensitivity to metals. Check your high-end department stores or local jeweler. You'll find hypoallergenic earrings in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. The main thing is to never choose jewelry containing nickle, as this is commonly the culprit. A good alternative to metals listed above is titanium jewelry, as this is considered to be hypoallergenic. Also, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean your earrings and jewelry, as this may cause further irritation. Mild dish soap may work well, but be sure to rinse your jewelry thoroughly.