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8 COVID-Friendly Spring Proposal Ideas

Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time for an outdoor (and COVID-friendly) proposal!

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If you’re looking for spring proposal ideas during the COVID era, we’ve got tips on planning the perfect one below. From beaches to camping, to drive-ins and hikes, there are a myriad of options to make your engagement unforgettable. As an added bonus, outdoor springtime proposals are usually also pet friendly – and who doesn’t want their unofficial, furry family members included on such a special day? Finally, if you’re in the market for an engagement ring, we’ve got good news for you: James Allen is always COVID-friendly. 

While planning a proposal can be a lot of work, just remember – within every spring lies the word ring. Coincidence? We think not. 

1. Hike Proposal with a View

If your partner loves exercise and nature, why not combine the two with a hike proposal? To get started, pick a trail filled with local flora and fauna. Revel at nature’s beauty as you make your way up to a scenic viewpoint – don’t worry, your hard work will pay off once you get to the top! Find a secluded spot with a great view and pop the question. 

Planning Tip: Spring proposal ideas can be sometimes thwarted by weather, so make sure to take into consideration the forecast (you don’t want rain or even a very cloudy day to dampen the mood), your partner’s level of fitness (most hikes are categorized into easy, medium and hard) and fill a backpack with water and snacks – just make sure not to forget the engagement ring!

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that speaks to your partner’s appreciation of the outdoors like our Entangled Vines Ring.

Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

2. Sunset Proposal at the Beach

There’s a reason why the beach is a classic spring proposal idea: the sea is as beautiful as it is romantic. If your significant other loves spending time on the coast, a beach proposal might be the way to go. Enjoy the gorgeous sky as the sun descends over a vast, blue ocean. Breathe in the gentle breeze before getting down on one knee and asking the question of a lifetime.  

Planning Tip: The coast is generally cooler than the inland, especially as the sun goes down, so make sure to bring jackets or blankets to account for the change in temperature. To make sure the timing is just right, be sure to check sunset times in advance and give yourself a buffer for any possible delays, like traffic jams and bathroom breaks. Romantic touches like candles and rose petals in the sand are best left for other settings – the wind will likely blow them away.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that evokes the serenity of the ocean and the beauty of the sunset, like our Rope Solitaire Ring. 

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Lake Proposal

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu advised: “Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.” If you don’t live near the coast and your partner loves water, a lake offers an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and head out to the lake of your choice. Take in the beauty of nature reflected back at you through a still body of water, as you and your partner contemplate your future, together as one.

Planning Tip: Lakes are often surrounded by rocks, which can be uncomfortable to sit on. You might want to bring foldable chairs or a bench, in addition to a few blankets.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring with sapphire accents, to give a pop of blue color, like this gorgeous French-Cut Pavé Ring. Or think about using a sapphire as your center stone. 

French Cut Pavé Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold French Cut Pave Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

4. Field of Flowers

Springtime makes everything bloom, so what better place to celebrate your love than in a field filled with flowers? Whether lavender, daisies or tulips, flowers provide not only a gorgeous backdrop but also a sweet smelling setting. Be sure to check for superblooms in your area – rare opportunities in which an unusually high number of wildflowers bloom at the same time. Flowers are a staple of every relationship – why not use them to signal the start of your engagement?

Planning Tip: To really nail your spring proposal idea, make sure to take into consideration the color palate. For example, if you’ll be proposing in a field of yellow daisies, you might want to think about choosing a contrasting wardrobe to make your pictures pop. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring inspired by your surroundings, like the gorgeous flower design below. Or choose a fancy color lab diamond for a center stone that really pops.

Open Lace Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Open Lace Pave Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

5. Drive-In Movie Theater Proposal

If your significant other is a cinephile, a drive-in movie pays homage to their personal preferences while also being COVID-friendly. Pack your car with popcorn and your favorite candy. Think about which parking spot makes the most sense for a proposal – do you prefer to be towards the back, for more privacy? Would you propose before, after or during the movie? Drive in and get ready for the most memorable movie experience of your lives!

Planning Tip: Many drive-ins have limited movie selections, so be sure to research different options to understand in advance which movie your partner prefers. If you’re unsure, consider a classic romantic comedy, which is a propos for day’s events. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that screams classic Hollywood, like this Art Deco Inspired design.

Art Deco Inspired Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

6. Camping Proposal

This spring proposal idea is for the adventure seekers: if you and your significant other are the outdoors-y types, how romantic is a proposal under the stars? Escape the city and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer – hikes with spectacular views, crisp river water and cuddling over a campfire at night (don’t forget the s’mores!). You might even cross paths with wildlife like deer, elk or bears. Springtime offers the perfect weather for camping and lush greenery – and proposals! 

Planning Tip: Make sure to reserve your campsite well in advance and check the weather before heading out. If you don’t want to invest in a ton of camping gear, ask friends if they’d be willing to let you borrow their gear.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that gives a nod to the beauty of nature, like our Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring. 

Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring


7. Bring Spring Indoors

If your significant other isn’t the outdoors type, you can still hit your spring proposal idea out of the park by bringing spring to you! Start by finding out your partner’s favorite flower and fill your home with them. Sprinkle petals and light candles around the house for added effect. If you’re not the decorating kind, take to Pinterest for inspiration or enlist the help of a visually savvy friend. To make this sweet day even sweeter, top it off with your partner’s favorite dessert – what could be better than Calla Lilies and cupcakes or freesia and fondue? 

Planning Tip: Some flowers are harder to find than others, so make sure to take this into consideration when figuring out your timeline. Some people prefer potted plants because they last longer – it never hurts to do a little detective work to find out your partner’s preferences! 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that combines delicate beauty with strength and elegance. Our recommendation? A dazzling Petite Pavé design. 

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

8. Back-Up Plan

Life throws curveballs, so consider having a contingency plan. If all else fails, hit up your local outdoor farmers market (don’t forget your masks!), choose fresh ingredients and whip up a delicious dinner for two. You can also order a meal prep kit, which delivers all of the ingredients to your house, ready for you and your significant other to cook in unison. If you’re not the cooking kind, opt for a meal delivery service (also a great way to support your favorite restaurants!) paired with a beautifully set table and candles.

Ring Tip: Bring out the classics for this one! You’ll never go wrong with any of our best-selling solitaire, halo or three-stone designs.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Marquise Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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Engagement Ring Shopping: Collaboration Vs. Surprise

Breaking with tradition, many couples are engagement ring shopping together, leaving the element of surprise for the proposal.

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The question of whether to surprise your SO with a ring or include them in the selection process is as old as time.

Well, that’s not strictly true.

It actually came about rather recently, with online engagement ring shopping offering a far more collaborative experience than traditional stores. But back to the question at hand: to surprise or not to surprise? That will largely depend on whether your SO is more of a romantic or a realist.

If they’re the type to swoon at the end of romantic movies, chances are they’re holding out for a sparkling surprise of their own. Then again, if your SO is the risk-averse type, they will probably prefer to be consulted on an item of such personal significance.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Surprise and Shine

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If your SO leaves the engagement ring shopping entirely up to you, they’re taking the jewelry equivalent of a trust fall. That is, they’re trusting you to choose what is sure to be their most prized possession; an accessory they’ll be wearing every day of their life. This might seem daunting at first, but it’s actually quite an honor and an opportunity to demonstrate how perceptive you are. If you have a tendency to notice small details, you’ll easily pick up on the trail of sparkly clues your partner has left behind

See what happens when couples try to design their partners’ dream engagement ring (spoiler alert: hilarity ensues!).

Can You Take a Hint?

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If only there was some way to read the inner workings of your partner’s mind… to understand what they really mean when they say, “I’m marrying you, not the ring.” While that technology may still be a few years off, we do have a nifty drop-a-hint feature on JamesAllen.com. It’s a subtle way for your SO to let you know exactly what they want without the awkwardness of them having to say it.

Of course, there are other tried-and-tested ways to drop a hint that you should be on the lookout for. “Forgetting” to close the browser is a classic, but they may share their Pinterest boards with you or casually comment on a friend’s or celebrity’s engagement ring.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Band Together

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A recent study by The Knot found that roughly one third of couples collaborate on the engagement ring with their mates. People are starting to realize that the proposee is every bit as qualified to make the Big Decision as the proposer – if not more so. If your SO has expressed an interest in being involved beyond mere hint dropping, you’d be wise to take them up on the offer. After all, who better to advise you on ring style than the ring wearer herself?

Without a doubt, the best way to know your partner’s ring preferences is to have an open and honest conversation with them. If all goes well, try engagement ring shopping together and make mental notes of their ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs.’ Even if they do have a hand in selecting their ring online, they won’t know how it looks IRL until the big unveiling. With a bit of clever subterfuge, it’s still possible to throw your SO off the scent.

Help Is at Hand

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If you’d rather collaborate with someone other than your SO, our Customer Service team is there for you 24/7 by live chat, phone, and email. They’ll help you pick out the ideal ring based on your partner’s particulars (don’t worry, you already know all the answers to their questions!). You can even request a Real-Time Diamond Inspection with a certified gemologist who will be happy to walk you through the finer points of your sparkler. And if you still want some face-to-face expert advice, visit our Georgetown, DC location.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Trust Your Instincts

The bottom line is that your shopping experience should be as comfortable as the ring on your true love’s finger. Go with whichever option feels right to you as a couple and then make it as gosh darn romantic as you possibly can!

Catch up on our proposal series, which covers everything from choosing the perfect sparkler to planning the magical moment itself.

Next in the series: discover the best proposal spots in major cities.

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Rebarkable Dog Proposal Ideas

Fall in wuff with these dog proposal ideas…

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Our customers’ pet proposals are doggone adorable. If your partner is a dog lover and especially if you have a dog in the family, prep an emotional pup proposal!

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Inspiration for Dog Proposals

1. Take the Dog for a Rock

To make sure the whole family is there when you pop the question, propose while taking your dog for a walk! Our customers have found romantic spots for dog proposals in parks, on doggy beaches, at scenic lakes, and on spontaneous sidewalks.

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2. Teach a New Dog Gold Tricks

Why not let your dog be your wingman? This one works with a dog you already love or a brand new dog that’ll come with the ring. Write a proposal message on a little t-shirt or personalized dog tag, tie the ring around the leash, or teach the dog to fetch a toy that says “Will you marry me?” Once your partner sees the dog, get down on one knee and clarify that the question is from you 😉

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3. Snap a Fluffy Photoshoot

You know what they say: a dog is a plan’s best friend. Either stage a family photoshoot for your dog proposal, or save the pics for after you pop the question. We love how cute those puppy dog eyes are – almost as bright as their owners’ engagement rings!

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4. “Answers to the Name of…”

For a sweet tribute to your pet, plan a wordplay proposal inspired by your doggo’s breed or name. Have a poodle? Take your partner to Paris! If you happen to have a Jack Russell Terrier named after a champion racehorse like our customers Kara and Nick, be sure to propose at the horse’s beautiful farm!

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5. Bonus: Post a Bow-WOW Ring Selfie

A happy engagement announcement and a lil’ puppy nose?? Social media never looked better. Tell the world you said yes with an all-hands-in pic, a high five with your pup, or (*for those who can stay still*) balancing the ring on your pet’s noggin. Check out our Instagram and Pinterest for more ring selfie inspiration!

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You’re almost ready for your adorable dog proposal… Now fetch the perfect engagement ring!

Have dog proposal stories or pics to share? Let us know in the comments below, or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

For even more helpful proposal guides, check out the rest of our proposal series.

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How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring

We asked one of our brilliant customer service representatives how much to spend on an engagement ring. Their answer was perfect…

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How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring?

“There’s a ring and a person for everyone, and that’s also true for the price you have in mind,” says our customer service expert. There’s no set formula for how much you have to spend on an engagement ring.” Follow her tips to buy the dream ring for your budget!

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Save on Your Engagement Ring with a Solitaire Setting

“To really put all the focus on the center stone, you can make an absolutely gorgeous solitaire engagement ring for under $1,000,” says our expert.

14K White Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)

“Solitaires are also great because you can personalize them and dress them up with a wedding band.”

14K White Gold Ladies 0.50CTW.* Contoured Common Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

When choosing how much to spend on an engagement ring, remember that you have the rest of your lives together! “As time goes on and finances change, you can always remount the center stone and add different diamond bands to create that stackable effect.”

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Elongated Shapes are the Best Diamonds on a Budget

“If you want to really maximize the visual size of the diamond or finger coverage, then go with an elongated shape like an oval, a marquise, or a pear,” our expert suggests.

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“Any of these shapes with a halo setting will give you the biggest wow factor and not break the bank at the same time.”

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Give Your Engagement Ring Diamond Some Context

“The image that you’re seeing on the screen is not the same thing that you’re going to see in person and in the ring,” says our expert. To better understand which diamond inclusions will be visible when it’s set in a ring, you can chat with us through our Diamond Consultation Service.

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Our non-commissioned gemologists will take you through the specs of the diamond in 360° HD so that you confidently get the best diamond for your money.

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When choosing how much to spend, make sure to understand how the diamond will look in the ring setting! Diamond color is a great example to consider. Our expert explains: “For those who are more comfortable with having a bit of warmth to their center stone, it ends up working really well with a yellow gold or rose gold setting.”

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“This kind of rich appearance can help you to get a larger carat weight within the same price range.”

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(Pssst… there’s more than one way to finance your ring. Learn more about James Allen’s special financing options.)

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Our Top 6 Summer Proposal Tips

If you’re planning on proposing during the sunny season, check out our ultimate summer proposal tips!

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Ah, summer. The season of picnics, performances, frozen drinks, and some of the most romantic proposals we’ve seen. Before you pop the question, read through our tried-and-true guide to summer proposals!

Summer Proposal Tip 1: Get Outta Here

Summer gives some of the best weather for a proposal in the great outdoors! Connect to nature through a hike, a walk on the beach, or a park picnic proposal to make it as timeless as possible. Consider even tying in one of these nature-inspired floral engagement rings.

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Summer Proposal Tip 2: Don’t Sweat It!

The flipside of proposing outdoors: sometimes nature presents, shall we say, unphotogenic moments. Think about plans that avoid sweat, bugs, and dehydration – both of you should feel as wonderful as possible (and as clean as a solitaire engagement ring) when you ask that question.

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Summer Proposal Tip 3: Celebrate with Sunset

Summer has some of the most vivid sunsets of the year, making it the perfect opportunity for an unforgettable, fiery sunset proposal! To maximize all the nice photo hours, propose during what photographers call the golden hour (the hour right before sunrise or sunset) then celebrate while watching the sun go down. For an extra burst of color, opt for a gemstone engagement ring.

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Round Center)

Summer Proposal Tip 4: Weather or Not…

This season brings rainstorms out of nowhere; so unless you’re going for an Allie and Noah moment, have a backup plan indoors in case it pours! If you are going for a rainy romance a la The Notebook (or Sweet Home Alabama or Spider-Man or The Office… the list goes on), consider a water drop (pear shaped) diamond ring and prep to keep all electronics and leather apparel dry.

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Summer Proposal Tip 5: Suddenly I See

An underratedly practical one here: if you’re proposing somewhere sunny, make sure you SO can keep her eyes open! All the tears should be out of emotion and not from squinting – consider taking her to a shaded area.

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If it’s gotta be bright and sunny, have sunglasses at the ready!

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Summer Proposal Tip 6: Come Fly Away

If your job gives bonus vacation time in the summer, take advantage! Go on a fantastical and gorgeous vacation and pop the question there. There’s lots of planning involved in a destination proposal, but have no fear – our guide to travel proposals can take you through every step.

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Destination Proposal Ideas & Tips

Here’s what you need to know to plan your show-stopping destination proposal!

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Destination Proposal Ideas & Tips

Want an unforgettable way to start a lifetime of adventures together (with amazing photo ops)? Think big with a travel proposal! To make sure all your surprises are planned, follow these destination proposal pro-tips:

Travel Proposal Ideas: the Plan

Consider kicking off your trip with the proposal

One out-there option: propose at the airport! James Allen customers Cristian and Shanna got to enjoy a stress-free trip to Costa Rica to celebrate their engagement moment in LAX.

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Coordinate with your museum/hotel/resort

The staff of your proposal location might be able to help you get your moment! Take a cue from James Allen customer Austin – when he proposed to his girlfriend Annie at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, the guard held the ring and made sure they had the tower alone for peak romance.

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If you’re staying at a resort, play it like our customer Sean; he kept his engagement ring in the hotel safe before proposing and coordinated his Shangri-La beach proposal to Amy with the resort events management team!

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Have a destination proposal back-up plan

Prep a proposal plan B so that you can keep it cool if something goes awry. For those super-planners, set up a back-up-to-the-back-up – this totally saved the day when our customer Tyler proposed to his girlfriend Kristyn during a trip to Seattle!

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Travel Proposal Ideas: the Ring

With destination proposals, timing is everything

Found the perfect ring? Make sure you receive it on time! The design process takes about 2-3 weeks on average, so we’d suggest ordering your ring a month in advance of your trip. If you have any questions about shipping or tracking your order, our customer service team is here for you 24/7.

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Be prepared for whatever comes your way

Make sure that you have diamond jewelry insurance while you’re abroad, just in case! Also take a copy of your receipt or insurance policy to prove ownership in case you’re stopped at customs (no need to ruin the surprise with awkward attention!).

Travel Destination Ideas: the Pics

Travel photo shoots are awesome destination decoys

The best way to get amazing proposal shots and have your SO not suspect a thing? Propose while taking pictures together at a gorgeous locale. Get your inspiration from Briana and Maria’s picturesque Venetian proposal!

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Bonus: plan the proposal somewhere your SO has always wanted to go for an extra personal touch, like Lucas’s NYC proposal to Stephanie.

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Do some research into the view and surroundings

Search images of the perfect spot, or if you’re able, scout out the spot yourself in advance. Think about how easy it is to get to, the lighting, and the magic of the surroundings. Need some inspiration? Check out Jennifer and Hector’s gorgeous Iceland glacier proposal.

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Including a historic monument in your destination proposal? Back up!

Famous tourist spots can make for epic proposals, but they tend to be, well, monumental. Think like James Allen customer Ryan’s proposal to Jessica in front of the Eiffel tower and propose far enough away to get famous spots in the shot.

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How to Propose with Flying Colors

Before you get down on one knee, check out our pro tips on how to propose like a boss.

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Our previous article in this series, Buying an Engagement Ring 101, took you back to the basics of ring shopping. With your yes-worthy sparkler in the bag, you’re ready to move on to the proposal. But how does one pop that most nerve-wracking of questions? We’ve put together this foolproof guide to help you nail the proposal.

How to Propose: Know Your Audience

The proposal is your chance to show your SO just how well you know them. Are they the type to go for grand gestures that leave smoke trails in the sky? If so, consider hiring a skywriter, putting on a fireworks display, or having a drone deliver the ring for maximum impact.

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If, on the other hand, your SO is the shy type, they’ll probably appreciate a proposal that doesn’t draw the attention of everyone within a five-mile radius. Pick a low-key activity you both enjoy and try to weave in your magic moment. There are plenty of fun ways to propose that don’t involve having your face plastered all over Times Square!

How to Propose: Call in the Big Guns

If you’re unsure when, where, or how to propose, why not enlist the help of your SO’s sister, mom, or best friend?

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By teaming up with their inner circle, you can get valuable intel, create convincing decoys, and plan a more elaborate proposal. Sure, you may not like the idea of sneaking around, but it’s all for a good cause: your SO’s ultimate happiness.

How to Propose: Give a Helping Hand

It’s a given that the moment you slip that ring on her finger, she’ll be in full-on selfie mode. But no amount of sparkle can disguise chipped nails or dry, chapped skin. Be sure she gets the ultimate ring selfie with a well-timed trip to the manicurist.

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This will ensure her hands are at their fleekest and you’ll come away looking like a hero. If you’re subtle about it, she won’t suspect your fiendish ulterior motive…

How to Propose: Schedule Your Jewel

Whatever you’re planning, it’s preferable to have the ring in hand before you finalize any reservations that require upfront payment. Design-your-own engagement rings can take a few weeks to arrive as they are custom made.

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It’s recommended that you place your order ahead of time, just to be on the safe side. This is especially important if you’re planning a romantic getaway and extra time is needed for your order to reach you.

Apropos of the Proposal…

We’ve got more tips and tricks coming your way! Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, proposing on vacation, collaborating on the ring, and more.

For now, check out the 10 Essential Proposal Tips we mined from our customers’ experiences.

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Buying an Engagement Ring 101

Let’s be honest: we could all use a class called Buying an Engagement Ring 101 at some point in our lives.

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Some of us have absolutely no clue where to start when buying an engagement ring. “Pavé”? How is that even pronounced? (protip: “pah-vay”). And how does one narrow down all of the sparkly choices??

Still, we know the process is worth the perfect reaction. For such a meaningful choice and such an important spend, how do you surprise your SO with exactly what they want?

Buying an Engagement Ring 101

Deep breaths! Our non-commissioned Customer Service team is here to answer your questions, 24/7. To start you out, we sat down with our Customer Service certified experts to mine their most helpful tips and tricks.

No idea what you’re doing? Start with the diamond shape.

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If you’re not sure what kind of ring to get, our experts suggest you start by choosing the diamond shape: “There’s lots of little nuances between all the different faceting styles,” explains one of our Customer Service reps. The first and most basic decision is whether your SO would want a fancier shape or a more timeless diamond.

So, what do we know about your SO’s style?

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Would she love to rock a more unique diamond? “When it comes to fancier shapes, such as a heart, a pear, an oval, marquise, etc., I always ask if she’s mentioned that she likes that specific shape,” says our rep. It’s better to know in advance if your SO would want a unique diamond shape, which tends to be more polarizing. If she is looking for trendy, “then ovals and pears are a great direction to go in. Marquises are really starting to gain strength as well!”

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring
Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

If you’re just not sure, you might want to stick with a more classic diamond shape, like round, princess, or cushion cut diamonds.

You can’t go wrong with a round cut diamond!

“Whenever someone is very unsure or just completely clueless about what style to get their significant other, I always resort to a classic round center stone,” one of our experts says.  

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Benefits of the round cut diamond? It has amazing sparkle, it’s not going out of style anytime soon, and it’s by far the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings.

14K Rose Gold 2.2mm Wire Basket Solitaire Engagement Ring
Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

For more in-depth diamond education, check out our Diamond Shape Series!

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Next step: choose the engagement ring setting.

Now onto Buying an Engagement Ring 101, lesson 2! The setting of the engagement ring is, basically, everything but the center diamond. The type of ring, if you will. The most important consideration when choosing a setting according to our Customer Service team:

How will the ring fit with your SO’s lifestyle?

How active is she on the day-to-day? If she goes rock climbing, for example, or if she works in a medical field where gloves are necessary, you might want to go for a setting without exposed diamonds on the band, like a solitaire or channel-set ring.

The diamonds grooved into this ring’s band and the center stone’s basket minimize the risk of diamonds getting caught or falling out:

14K White Gold Channel Set Round Diamond Engagement Ring
Channel-Set Engagement Ring

This sleek and modern engagement ring’s center diamond is strongly protected by a bezel setting:

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring
Solitaire Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

If her day-to-day is less hands-on, you can consider a wider range of settings like the super-popular pavé setting which features more exposed diamonds on the band.

14K White Gold Petite Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Is your SO more trendy or low-key?

Like with diamond styles, our experts suggest you look at how trendy your SO is on the day-to-day. Some helpful guiding questions: Does she like to keep up with the latest fashions? Is she somebody who likes to read all the fashion magazines and blogs? If so, you might want to go for a more daring setting, like a romantic vintage engagement ring or a hyper-modern tension ring:

14K Yellow Gold Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring
Bird of Paradise Vintage Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring
Spiral Tension-Set Engagement Ring

Or is your SO a bit more low-key? If the usual wardrobe is T-shirt and jeans, and especially if she doesn’t usually wear jewelry, our experts suggest opting for a simple, more classic style, like this baguette diamond stunner:

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
Baguette Side-Stone Engagement Ring

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The Conclusion(ish)

Still, feeling lost? Our Customer Service experts suggest a foolproof combo: “You can never go wrong with a solitaire setting and a classic diamond shape, like round, princess, or cushion cut.”

Ready? Get Started on Buying Your Engagement Ring! And don’t forget to get jewelry insurance at checkout.

Don’t worry, this won’t end with Buying an Engagement Ring 101! Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, proposing on vacation, collaborating on the ring, and more!

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Tova Kamioner

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