If you’re past the chocolates phase and have graduated from roses — well beyond lingerie — chances are you’ve hit diamond territory. For those who plan to get down on bended knee this Valentine’s Day, we’d like to help improve your odds of securing a “yes.”
We know how picky women can be. Their discriminating tastes have generated a new trend of popping the question in front of a jeweler so the future Mrs. can have her pick of the icy litter. We like to think of that as the easy way out.
C’mon, guys, don’t deprive your woman of her moment out of fear you haven’t made the right choice. That said, don’t pull an Aidan from “Sex and the City” and bestow her with a ring that doesn’t suit her personality, either. You have to know who she is to know what she’ll want.
We narrowed down our selections according to five personality types. Take a look at the rings that made the cut.
She’s a girly-girl who knows what she wants: the best. Remember how over-the-top everyone thought Star Jones Reynolds’ wedding was? She thought it just scratched the surface. For her, you simply can’t skimp on quality or price. According to In Style Weddings associate editor Jeanine Edwards, guys should consider a boxster cut for this girl. “It has a center stone surrounded by smaller ones,” she said. “The smaller ones make the center one look bigger and more feminine.” Translation: it looks like she has a rock.
If she recycles, carries a Green and Gorgeous bag and rocks every Red shirt Gap makes, then she’ll swoon over a conflict-free diamond ring. A jeweler such as BrilliantEarth.com will track every step a diamond makes on its way to your ring finger to ensure sustainable, ethical means were practiced. Give her stackable bands. Stack them as high — or low — as you think she’d like.
You can’t pull her away from ESPN. Your friends consider her one of the guys and, proudly, so does she. “You want to get her something that won’t get snagged,” Edwards said. “It says, ‘I’m married,’ but in a plain and simple way.” Think a dash of diamonds not one big whopper.
She sports a power suit Monday through Friday and wonders where this glass ceiling is she’s heard so much about. The ambitious career woman needs a no-nonsense, status ring. “She wants a round-cut diamond with a standard six-prong setting, between one and three carats,” Edwards said.
For her, a trip to the grocery store means getting her celebrity gossip fix. She considers E! a serious news source and TMZ is her home page. She’s celebrity-obsessed and her ring should reflect that. Go for the same shape TomKat and Katherine Heigl favored: oval. It’s the breakout celebrity diamond trend.
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Here’s a look at some of the celebrities who have influenced engagement ring trends in recent years.
Bennifer: Who could forget the whopping 6.1-carat pink diamond ring Ben Affleck decorated Jennifer Lopez’s finger with? Too bad Harry Winston has since “reacquired” it.
Ashley Judd: When her race car driver boyfriend (at the time), Dario Franchitti, popped the question, he sweetened the deal with a Martin Katz antique cushion-cut diamond in a pavé setting.
Ellen Pompeo: The “Grey’s Anatomy” star rocks an emerald cut rock from Tacori. Her husband, Chris Ivery, designed all 3.5 carats of it.
TomKat: You’d say, “Yes,” too if the proposal came accompanied by a 5-carat oval-shaped diamond set in platinum and rose gold with an intricate pavé setting.
Catherine Zeta Jones: Michael Douglas got down on bended knee with a 10-carat horizontal set marquise diamond.
Melania Trump: The Donald hopes the third diamond’s a charm: 12-carat classic emerald cut in a platinum basket setting.