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3 Things to Consider Before You Propose

by Brandon
Last updated on August 18, 2023

So you’ve made the decision to propose. First of all, congrats! This is a monumental life-changing decision symbolic of your everlasting love. Second, we know buying an engagement ring is no small purchase. Even though “three month’s salary” is merely a rule of thumb (or marketing ploy), this is not an impulse buy. We know you’ve taken it seriously just by being on the Clean Origin Blog.

Here are three things to consider after deciding to pop the question, but before digging into your ring search.

1) Online > In-Store Buying

We’re biased because Clean Origin’s business operates entirely online, but there are logistics at play when you see better pricing on the web.

Online retailers don’t have nearly the same overhead of stores. There are no buildings to rent and maintain. There are no additional salaries to pay aside from ourselves.

Beyond Clean Origin’s humble HQ, we don’t fork over expenses to keep the lights on, stores heated, or pay a salesperson who is incentivized to push you to spend more. All of that savings is passed along to you.

2) You May Not Know Her Size, But Don’t Screw This One Up

It’s not a big deal if you don’t know her exact ring size. That shouldn’t stop your search before it begins. But the one thing you DON’T want to do under ANY circumstance is underestimate the size of her ring finger.

Imagine after all the nerves, a few tears and a celebratory kiss that your new fiancée tries on her new ring and it gets stuck. Or even worse, it never makes it around her finger because it’s TOO SMALL.

What a buzzkill. How is she going to take that Instagram photo and brag to all of her friends now?

Since you’ve just started the process, there’s time to get her ring size without being too obvious. Here are five ways to do just that.

3) It Matters How Much You’ll Spend. Just Not In The Way You Think

You want to make a major impression. But don’t put too much stock into how much you’ll actually spend.

According to a recent study from Emory University, U.S. adults who have been married more than 13 years, and who spent between $2,000 and $4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.3 times more likely to experience a marital split than someone who spent between $500 and $2,000 on a ring. Also, someone who spent less than $500 on an engagement ring experienced a significantly enhanced chance of getting divorced.

Why is that?

Women whose rings cost over $2,000 were three times more likely to complain about stress related to wedding debt. On the other hand, those who spent less than $1,000 on their rings were 82-93 percent less likely to be stressed out by wedding finances.

So while you may be worried about popping the question, don’t forget that you’ve got a wedding to plan (and pay for) as well.

This post has been provided by Clean Origin, curators of 100% lab-created diamonds. We bring our customers exceptional, high-quality jewelry for any momentous occasion (from wedding anniversaries to birthdays). Our team of experts has been in the industry for three generations, providing superior quality settings and diamonds for a fraction of the price. Clean Origin offers concierge service and a 100-day money back guarantee to back all of its fine jewelry. We’d be honored if you made us part of your life’s journey.