Shopping for Engagement Ring Together

It may not be traditional, but many times, shopping for engagement ring together is the answer for many couples. It could be a fun opportunity to explore all the various types of engagement rings on the market. Plus, the only thing that matters when it comes to ring shopping is that you find something that represents your relationship. This is the first step in spending forever together. Consider if ring shopping together may be right for you.

Should You Go Ring Shopping Together?

We understand that choosing the perfect engagement ring can be stressful. With so many options, it may be overwhelming and difficult to figure out exactly what your partner wants in an engagement ring. How do you really know what your partner wants?

Should you go ring shopping together? Making your fiancé(e)-to-be part of the process is by no means an unheard-of way to pick the ring. Including them can be as deliberate as shopping together, or as simple as having an honest discussion about what they want. This approach can still be romantic and quite fun.

Your partner may have an idea of the ring they want. They may be dreaming of a certain style, but, it may be a different story once they see the rings in person. Trying on various types of rings and ring styles will help narrow down the type of ring you should get.

Sometimes, a person can change their preference once they see the ring on their hand. Certain ring styles look certain ways on different hand types. Couple ring shopping together for an engagement ring is a way to guarantee you find the exact ring your partner wants.

Ring Shopping Together to Explore Styles

The number one reason to go ring shopping together is to find the right style. A close second is securing the right fit. Resolving these two factors can mitigate many issues when shopping for engagement rings together. Avoid any snags by making decisions together with the help of a trusted jeweler.

Shopping Together is a Sure Way to Get the Ring Right

Just because you shop together doesn't mean the thrill of popping the question has to be any less of a surprise. You could employ a number of strategies for your proposal:

  • Propose first and choose a ring later. Just follow the proposal with a shopping trip. Schedule an appointment with a jeweler for after your planned proposal. This way, you'll give her the best of both worlds – a heart-felt surprise and the thrill of choosing a ring. Shopping could happen as soon as you pop the question, or even a week later. Rest assured, this is an incredibly exciting moment! Just make sure you plan ahead and set the right date and time for your appointment.
  • Use a temporary ring. We get it: you may insist on giving your partner something in the moment. This can be an opportunity to be cute or sentimental. Be whimsical and a little bit silly by giving them a lollipop ring as a placeholder. Or, you could use a significant ring you know they'll recognize, such as a ring from childhood or a family heirloom. Don't forget to mention the real ring is coming!
  • Let your partner pick their top styles. You can still go for a surprise proposal and the surprise will be the ring! Once you go shopping together, have your partner choose their top five (or so) favorite rings. This way, when you do propose, the ring will still be a surprise. The surprise is the ring you finally decided on.

Buy Engagement Ring Together

Buying an engagement ring together will be a memory you will cherish for a long time. Zales is known as The Diamond Store for nearly 100 years – and for good reason! We've helped millions of couples find the right diamond for the one they love – and we are more than happy to help you too!

Explore designer brands like Vera Wang Love, Enchanted by Disney and Love’s Destiny online at Or visit one of our Zales retail stores nationwide and talk with a knowledgeable jewelry consultant. It's our job to make sure you find the perfect engagement ring.

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