5 reasons Cincinnati Couples Should Shop for an Engagement Ring Together

Established in 1896, we at Richter & Phillips Jewelers have seen our fair share of traditions develop and phase out in Cincinnati. We have celebrated old traditions and adopted many new ones, as well.

One Cincinnati wedding tradition that has caught our eye recently is the process of selecting an engagement ring. More and more frequently, we have seen increased partnership in engagement ring purchases. This is no longer solely led by the man, but rather a process that couples do (and enjoy doing) together in Cincinnati.

We believe that shopping for an engagement ring together is not only a step in furthering your relationship, but is a fun opportunity to accomplish something intimate together.

These are our top 5 reasons that you should shop for an engagement ring as a couple in Cincinnati:

1.  You never know what you want until you try it on. Find out what you really like, together!
With Pinterest at our disposal, it is easy to fall down the deep, dark rabbit hole of endless engagement ring shapes, styles, and colors. Deciding what ring your partner should wear for life is a lot of pressure! And, while a picture is worth 1,000 words, you will only say one when you try on the perfect ring… WOW. From experience, the size, cut, style, and color of an engagement ring may translate differently on your hand than from a picture. The safest way to know if you have found “the one” is to give it a test spin.

2.  Ring Size
So, your partner has just popped the question and you are both overjoyed! The location is scenic, he hired a secret photographer, it’s the best day of your life then…. The ring won’t go on! Too big, we can deal with that, but if that baby is too small, there is nothing you can do in the moment. Being a part of the purchasing process allows you the opportunity to ensure your ring will at least fit, if not perfectly. If you do get the perfect size, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of resizing after your engagement (and miss out on precious admiration time with your new beauty!)

3.  Come to an agreement on a price you are both comfortable with 
More frequently, couples are living together before marriage. This means, that you are developing a partnership and sharing responsibilities, including finances, that in the past only applied to married couples. By involving yourself in the shopping process, you are both able to agree on a piece that fits your lifestyle. Perhaps you want to spend more on a ring and less on other expenditures throughout that year, or vice versa. Either way, it is an investment best made together.

4.  Up the anticipation factor knowing he could “pop the question” at any moment
What about the element of surprise? How can he plan a proposal if I know its coming? Odds are the two of you have already fantasized about the possibilities of your future together; your wedding, first house, maybe you have named your imaginary children. The point is, you know its coming… The surprise is all about when (talk about butterflies every time you see him!) Shopping for your engagement ring together is a great way to ensure you are getting a piece you love and is an agreed upon price. To keep the element of surprise, have your jeweler build a wish list of 2-3 rings for your partner to purchase at a later date.

5.  Understanding and appreciating the pressure, money, and love
Shopping as a couple keeps the process in perspective. Making this once in a lifetime purchase can be stressful, confusing, and sometimes overwhelming. Together, engagement ring shopping can be fun and exciting! At Richter & Phillips Jewelers, for example, you are able to work one-on-one with our gemologist or jewelry specialists while enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne in our beautiful new home. We will guide you through the process and make sure you are comfortable and confident in your decision. Experiencing this as a team offers insight into just how much effort and love goes into making this decision. And, the best part is, you did it together.

Bonus reason: Feel empowered. You don’t need your partner to make this important decision for you. Being a part of the process allows your input to be considered. No more “dropping hints” or wondering if it is even on his mind. Create an outlet for open, honest communication about your future and play a role in it. Make a date night out of this experience and help take the pressure off your partner’s back. This can be a fun, exciting step in your relationship. We want it to be something memorable for both of you! Besides, this ring will be a part of your hand for life. We know you want it to be flawless.


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