(Closed) Picking a ring – do I have a say?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
9698 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

No he doesn’t buy what he likes, he picks what he thinks YOU like. It is YOUR ring, tell him sure he can pick what he likes and wear it! You’re the one wearing it so it’s fine for you to give him an idea of your taste 🙂 Or even show him a specific ring you like.

Post # 4
4102 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’re not being bratty but a lot of guys want it to be up to them – that’s traditionally the way it’s been done and he may like that idea.

I would make suggestions, maybe not say “I want this ring and ONLY this ring”. Have a conversation that you’d like a non-diamond ring. Maybe give him shape ideas (round, halo, etc). Give the general things you like, but let the final descision be up to him. He wants to get you something you love; give him some direction and trust that he knows you well enough to get something you’ll like.

Post # 5
2418 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have made my SO very aware of what I want. When we first srtarted talking about getting engaged, we were at the mall and we started looking at rings. He picked out a solitaire and told me that is what he thought I would like. I’m not a solitaire kind of girl.  And I’m not overly sure I trust his sense of style. I mean, he goes out in the summer time with shorts, socks and flip flops on. Do you blame me for not trusting him to pick it out on his own?

Post # 6
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Welcome to the hive!

You will find that it goes all ways.  Some guys want their SO’s input.  Some guys make it a complete surprise and the girl didn’t even know it was coming.  Some guys pick the ring out on their own and don’t give their SO’s a say.

Personally, my Fiance has let me pick the top 3 rings I like best, knowing the top one that I want the most and I know he is working on getting it made for me.  I’ve given him the specifications for everything – the exact type of setting I want and the size of the stones, etc. 

If you really want a say, tell him that while you want him to pick out your ring and make it a surprise, you would really like it if you could show him a few styles that you liked so that he could pick from one of those styles or have a general idea of what you like and what you dislike.  Explain to him that YOU will be wearing this ring for the rest of YOUR life and that he should want to buy the ring that HE thinks YOU will like because it is a gift for YOU to wear. 

If he’s bought you jewelry before and done a good job though, I doubt that you will have to worry about it.  I know what I wanted is not popular at all and I’ve seen maybe 1-2 bees on these boards with that style and it’s not commonly seen in jewelry stores (we went to a bunch of stores and I don’t think any of them had exactly what I was looking for, it will have to be custom made).  So, since I was so particular, I was really happy that my Fiance let me have a say in it. He also understands the importance of a ring, the proposal, etc. to a girl and the fact that I will be the one wearing it and looking at it every day forever. 

Post # 7
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

He can pick out what he likes if he intends to wear the ring on his finger every day for the next 70 years. But if that’s not his plan, then you should get a say in it. This is a significant financial decision and it should not be made unilaterally.

Edit: We compromised. I designed my setting and Mr. LK chose my stones. The only guideline I gave him for the stones was that they had to be certified Canadian diamonds. He got to choose the shape and 4 Cs.

Post # 8
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Kannf1982:  Here’s what I did. I have a friend who knew exactly what I wanted but we live in different states and Fh only met her once, so I prepped my new BFF just in case. My FH is a “I can do everything on my own”/”I hear what you like” type guy. So needless to say, I was worried for a while. I straight out told him what I wanted but when it came down to it- he proposed without a ring! I was slightly disappointed in that moment but then was like- omg, I get to choose my own ring!

advocate for yourself! Show him what you want. Go ring shopping together just him give him an idea. it will suck to get a ring you don’t like! Believe me. I have some friends with partners who are dolls and listen, or have good sense. My FH doesn’t- when I told him I didn’t want anymore jewlery bcs it was too expensive, he took that to mean “buy her cheap giant earrings from Bloomingdales!” LOL!

Post # 9
663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Vegas Wedings

Well, the ring is technically his gift to you. He picks and he pays. Some guys are smart and have the woman pick it out or do something similarly. Personally I would  sit down and look at various styles online. If there is something he likes but you dont be VERY vocal and specific. In the end though, if he is paying for it he does get to choose. Try to not look a gift horse in the mouth. You have a guy who is dropping money on jewelry for you! He wants to marry you! That is GREAT!!

Post # 10
4945 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Kannf1982:  Just because that’s tradition doesn’t mean it has to be done that way. Also, tradition is changing. I think it’s far more common for couples to pick rings together than it used to be.

Even if he did buy you one you wanted, the actual proposal would still be a surprise.

Maybe compromise and chose several you like and let him pick from those. Then it’s still a surprise.

Post # 11
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I think every couple is different in this sense, just because he wants it to be a suprise doesn’t mean it won’t be because you showed him a ring or two you liked!  Doesn’t he want to make sure he knows what you like!  I showed Fiance two rings and he “suprised” me by picking the one, plus I didn’t know how or when he was going to propose.

Post # 12
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was THRILLED when my husband asked me what I liked, because he didn’t want to buy something I didn’t like.

You should let him know what you like, but be nice about it.  You don’t want to insult his taste, or ruin his surprise.  The proposal is the surprise. 

Print out some pictures and directly give them to him.  Let him know that you do trust him, and you want it to be a surprise, but there are certain things you really like.  With pictures, and ideas from you, it’ll actually make his life easier when he goes shopping.

Post # 13
8040 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Kannf1982:  We’re selecting my ring together. I have strong opinions of what I want, and he wants me to end up w. something I like. With that said, I wouldn’t pick something he hates.

You can still be surprised if you give him a little direction. Saying “I don’t want a diamond and I hate yellow gold and I want a thin band” is excellent direction.

Post # 14
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I designed my custom engagement ring and we picked out the diamond together, although he ultimately purchased it. 

He should understand what you like and that you’ll be the one wearing it.  My proposal was just as much as surprise and just as sweet even though I’d seen the ring. 

Post # 15
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had no say in my e-ring. I would try to show Darling Husband what I liked, but he would not pay attention. It was really frustrating. He is like your SO and believes the guy gets 100% say in the ring. *sigh*. But he did an amazing job. He picked a ring that is perfect for me and one that I never in a million years would have even picked myself. He knows me better than I realized, so trust your man to do the same.

Post # 16
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

When my sister knew she was getting engaged we went out and tried on rings together for shits and giggles. From that trip I knew round brilliant looked best on me, in spite of the fact that it’s commoniest diamond that ever commoned.

(Princess looked the worst) 

So my fiance ultimately picked out the ring, the size of the diamond, the style of the band, the metal and surprised me with it. But I did ask for a round brilliant and I told him that it was cool to pick a solitaire on a plain band because it’s a neutral style that will go well with lots of things. I figured he’d respect my wishes but didn’t really know for sure. I’m happy he did-though I know if he’d gone my brother-in-law’s route and given me something less common (my sister has a 1.5 carat heart solitaire) I’d have loved it because it came from him, just like my sister fell in love with her heart solitaire (she’d also asked for round brilliant). 

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