@Michelle0918: I proposed to FI, so I went on the ring hunt without his help. I went to all the main jewelry store websites, found some that reminded me of him. I know FI doesn’t like stones, so nothing with diamonds. He’s a total nerd and an engineer, so I wanted it to reflect his interests. I also knew he preferred silver tones, not yellow.
This is the ring I liked the most at first, but I didn’t like that it was open, the holes. I wanted a solid piece. I liked that it looked a bit like the Xmen logo, plus it’s a Celtic Eternity Knot and that’s something else he’s into:
From there, I scoured the internet trying to find what I wanted, but the ones I liked were all sterling and the ones that weren’t I didn’t like. So I kept looking.
Then I found THE ring for him. I was looking around the mall jewelry stores one by one, seeing what they had in my budget, and fell in love with this one. I knew he would like it. Stainless steel with the cables, very mechanic, very much something he’d love:
I put it on layaway, but the ring was discontinued before I finished paying for it. It couldn’t be ordered in his size anymore. I had to start over. Starting in this new mechanical direction, I came across the idea of puzzle rings. What’s better for a MechE than a ring you can take apart and put back together?
That led me to find the ring I ended up getting him. I came across the image in a google search and knew it was the one. Tungsten puzzle ring, capable of being engraved, perfect in every way. I talked to their customer service who was very helpful and we worked out engraving both halves, an engagement ring for him and a standin for me:
In short, look everywhere. Once you find a feature you like, look for things with that feature. Keep going until you narrow it down to exactly what you’re looking for. The hard thing about men’s rings is that for the most part they all look exactly the same. Find what you like to make it different and run with it. I ran with the eternity knot, then the mechanical, then the puzzle rings, narrowing it down more and more until I found the perfect ring for him. You have an idea of the basic feel you want for the ring, just figure out what will give it that feel. What makes it understated? What will make it bold? Then look for those features.