His Buying Guide
Establish your budget
Before buying the ring, you may first want to establish a budget. Figuring a monthly payment, instead of looking at the final purchase price, is the best way to determine what will work for you. Once you have established that, our consultants will work with you to find the perfect ring. We also offer financing if you choose the option. Peter Franklin works with top lenders and have expert staff that can assist you with financing.
Find out her size
If you plan on keeping this a secret (it’s more fun this way, isn’t it?), you’re going to need to find out her ring size. There are a few ways to do this. First, if she has a ring, “borrow” it without her knowing and bring it in to us and we’ll size it properly.
Second, if you can’t “borrow” it long enough for us to look at it, “borrow” it and outline the hole with a pencil (you sneaky devil!). Lastly, if these above methods don’t work, be honest. Tell her what you’re thinking, and bring her in. This happens more than you may imagine.
Find out her style
This one’s tough! You’re going to have to really pay attention to your loved-one and see what their likes really are. How do you do this?
Watch carefully the type of jewelry they do wear. Pay particular attention to whether or not they like gold or silver, and what shape of stone you might think they prefer. As well, pay attention to the ornamental value of the ring, meaning, will they like a ring with several of stones, large and small).
Her Buying Guide
It is a growing trend that men and women plan their engagement. This comes right down to the ring buying decisions. We've advised thousands of couples on how to buy their wedding rings. At Peter Franklin, we put your mind at ease and help you every step of the way in your purchasing decision.
Establish your budget
Before buying the ring, you may first want to establish a budget. Figuring a monthly payment, instead of looking at the final purchase price, is the best way to determine what will work for you. Once you have established that, our consultants will work with you to find the perfect ring. We also offer financing if you choose the option. Peter Franklin works with top lenders and have expert staff that can assist you with financing
Once you've established your budget, our consultants will work with you to find the perfect rign and help you with pre-approval, if you need financing. Peter Franklin works with top lenders and have expert staff that can assist you with financing.
Once you've established your budget, your Peter Franklin consultant will size you for your rings.
With a lifetime purchase, it’s important to know who you are. Know your preference in stone cuts, gold/silver, and more. Peter Franklin Jewelers has an incredible selection of loose stones for you to preview. This will make your decision easier.
Pick the engagement bands
This is the first part of the ring process — the engagement band. Our consultants will help you pick the perfect band, so you won’t have to worry much here. Make sure you have spent time looking at the various type of bands available and that it “fits” your wedding ring. Some people will often have their engagement band attached to their wedding band — which, of course, Peter Franklin can help you with.
Pick the stone and setting
Again, your Peter Franklin consultant will be there every step of the way, so they’ll help you when figuring out which rings to buy. However, it will definitely help to have an idea of how stones are “graded” before you buy.
When it comes to the diamond, think of the “Four C’s” — Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat.
Cut. Cut doesn’t refer to the shape of the diamond, but rather the angles and proportions of the stone. A well cut diamond reflects light from one facet to another and projects the light through the top of the stone. This is what gives a diamond its sparkle. Out of all the four C’s, cut is the most important.
Color. Diamond color is graded on a scale that ranges from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). Truly colorless diamonds are the most rare and most expensive. White color diamonds are the most popular.
Clarity. The fewer imperfections a diamond has, the more clear, and consequently, more expensive it is. When the jeweler starts discussing the clarity of the diamond, he or she will probably mention the diamond’s “inclusions.” Inclusions are other minerals or tiny fractures in the diamond. The fewer inclusions the better.
Carat (Weight). Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. Through proper mounting and shaping, a master jeweler can make a diamond appear larger than its carat weight might suggest.
For men, you have to establish if your style is simple or complex. Most men have simpler tastes, but there are still many styles to choose from. Let your Peter Franklin consultant help describe the differences available.
How to Pop The Question
Asking your girlfriend to marry you will be one of the most fantastic and frightening things you've ever done!
Getting engaged is a really serious and important step in both of your lives, so make sure that your proposal is memorable, one-of-a-kind and most importantly — romantic. This is the journey of your lifetime... make the effort to make it special.
At Peter Franklin Jewelers, we’re committed to helping you with the ring. You will have to take it from there. Here are some ideas we’ve gathered over the years for making it really special.
Before you propose, though, make sure you observe some simple etiquette (it will make a “yes” more assured):
- Meet the parents and siblings.
- Discuss marriage and children beforehand.
- If it’s a public proposal, make sure she’s going to say yes.
The Classic I — The restaurant
Take your loved-one to a fancy restaurant. Make the night special by dressing up, bring some flowers and your good looks. At the restaurant engage in normal conversation. When you are ready, change the conversation to your relationship and ask her to marry you with the ring in hand.
To “knee” or not to “knee” — we say “knee”.
We know it’s a little cliched, but the gesture is synonymous with engagement and romance — “knee” it!
The Classic II — Movie Night
Invite your loved-one to your place for movie night. Make sure the movie has some special meaning, like the first movie you ever saw together. Have a special dinner and flowers waiting. Once you finish your meal, slip to the couch and start the movie. At a moment that makes sense, pause the movie and begin a discussion about your relationship and ask her to marry you with the ring in hand.
The Public Proposal
Some people just want to propose as loudly as possible. Before you do, though, make sure this is something your partner will appreciate.
If you’re going to do a public proposal, pick a place that’s special for both of you, like a sports arena (they have jumbo-trons, too), theaters, parks, etc. The trick to the public proposal is deception (a forgivable way to start a marriage, we think). The “show” or wherever you are needs to be interrupted for your engagement.
When you’re given the stage (or whatever it might be), boast loudly of your love, and ask her to marry you on bended knee. The knee here is important. People who can’t hear need to know what’s going on, and nothing says proposal like a bended knee.
Pick a hobby that you and your loved-one have, and while engaged in that activity, pop the question. We know of people that have done this while skydiving, snorkeling, hiking, and more.