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How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring for Your Partner

A guide to buying the right piece for your soon-to-be-fiancé.

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Picking out the perfect engagement ring for your partner can be an overwhelming task. Even if your significant other basically spells out exactly what they want, it can still be nerve-wracking to settle on one ring they’ll want to wear forever. Between the stone, the metal, and the overall price point (among other factors), finding something that’s truly memorable comes with a lot of pressure.

To help ease a bit of your stress, however, we thought it might be helpful to put together a guide on how to make a few key decisions when engagement ring shopping. (Hint: It’s not about buying the biggest, most expensive engagement ring out there.) Ahead, with help of jewelry expert Lauren Addison, here’s everything you need to know when searching for a rock that your soon-to-be fiancé will absolutely love.

Lauren Addison is a jewelry expert with over 12 years of experience. She’s an alumnus of the Gemological Institute of America, where she earned a Graduate Gemologist Diploma, and the owner of Lauren Addison Jewelry.

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What to Consider When Choosing an Engagement Ring

There’s a lot to think about when looking for an engagement ring, but before you dive in, you should first be aware of a few basic details that come with this experience. “Before you jump right in, it is best to give some thought to your budget, the stone shape you prefer, and your ring’s overall design,” says Addison. “Having a basic idea of what you’re looking for will minimize stress and ensure a more seamless and enjoyable experience.” Simply put, you need to prepare a bit.

To start, the most important thing to decide on right away is the budget. Having

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