Buying a ring after you get engaged may not be the traditional order of events, but there's nothing wrong with switching things up if it works for you. If you're planning on popping the question then choosing the engagement ring, there are a few things you should know. We spoke with Eric Robertson, creative director at Green Lake Jewelry Works in Seattle, Washington, to get his best advice.
It's a good idea if you want to design a ring together.
If you know your future fiancée will want to have some say in the engagement ring, pop the question first, then design a ring together. "We've seen the number of couples who design the ring together increase lately," says Robertson. "This is a great way to discover a piece that speaks directly to your own sense of style."
Make budget decisions early.
If you're looking at rings together, you should go into the store with a budget in mind. "In making a ring, there are also so many ways to maximize your budget with a smart selection of materials and design elements to achieve the look you want," advises Robertson, so don't be afraid to ask about what you can do with the funds you have.
Prepare for a sentimental experience.
It's a really special thing to choose an engagement ring together. You're able to talk about details together and think through how you want to make the piece special to the two of you. "Above all else, the engagement ring is about sentimentality, so look for ways to make this a very personal piece," says Robertson.