Boy, I wish this site had been around when I got engaged!  Hub, kind and loving that he is, honestly isn’t the most clued-in when it comes to my personal taste or jewelry that I am drawn to.  As a result, I’m not really a fan of my own engagement…or wedding rings, sad to say.:-(  Though they are representative of our bond and our commitment to each other, they’re really not representative of either of us!

But shopping for an engagement ring is one of the most difficult things to do for a guy – ever!  You (as the lady on the receiving end) probably don’t want to whip out a list and say “This is what I want…something like this….but not THIS…” and hand it over to your guy before he even gets around to popping the question (talk about putting the cart before the horse!)  You can drop hints all you like prior to being asked but sometimes they go right over your guy’s head – or worse, he hears all of your hints and decides instead to choose something that he likes because it symbolizes his love for you.  (Yet you’re the one who has to wear it.  Ladies – please chime in here: is this ever okay?)  Oftentimes guys have no clue where to start and just ask their other guy friends, or other women in their lives for their advice…often even defaulting to their mothers to make this difficult choice!(*ahem*)  And sometimes there’s no hinting at all – and you are caught completely by surprise by the proposal – and didn’t even have a chance to mention what you’d really like to wear to show off as a symbol of your bond.

Enter, designed to take the guesswork out of buying an engagement ring for someone else.  From their description:

It’s straightforward, no matter if you are in a relationship or not you just create an account, including diamond color and shape, ring size and metal type, and ring styles that you might have seen and wish to replicate.  It’s a very simple process, and can take as little as five minutes to complete.  Once done, for a very small fee the man can secretly access your details so the proposal is still a surprise, but present you with the ring of your dreams!

The style guides are specific enough so that the bride-to-be can lay out the details of what she likes…and vague enough so that the groom-to-be can still make his own decisions for the final piece.

What do all of you think?  Is this a service you can see yourself using?  Are you happy with your engagement/wedding ring yourself?  How did you get the hint across to your beau?

(Take it from somebody who’s been on the receiving end of something…less than perfect…it ends up as a permanent “wish it couldabeen….”  years down the road.  Perhaps at our 10th wedding anniversary we’ll renew our wedding/engagement rings so they’re more…our style…but gosh, it would have been soooo nice to get them right the first time around!!)

I had some different content planned for all of you this evening…but I have the flu, and have spent most of this week cocooned in blankets and tissues.  Hopefully I’ll be able to string together a couple sentences in coherent thought when the Dayquil kicks in tomorrow, and post something more meaty then.  Til tomorrow, lovelies!


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