Almost a quarter of men have proposed to their partner WITHOUT getting them an engagement ring.
According to a poll by national jewellers Beaverbrooks, 24% of modern men are asking the most important question of their lives without a traditional diamond ring. And when it comes to delivering the perfect proposal, it seems many many are missing the mark on the style, size and type of stone for their partner's ring.
A third of women polled (29%) said it was crucial that their partner knew exactly what ring they wanted for their proposal. Getting the size right first time also featured high on the list, with 28% stating it was an essential factor. In fact, 'how to measure ring size' was revealed as the most searched for engagement ring query on Google, with an average of 3,600 searches in the UK every single month.
Fortunately, three quarters of brides love their engagement ring – but 10% admitted they secretly hated theirs. And 12% said although they'd initially turned their nose up at their partner's choice, they'd grown to love it over the years.
People in Edinburgh were the most clueless when it came to choosing the right one, with 24% of brides admitting they actually hated theirs. Brighton was at the other end of the scale, with 87% claiming their ring was 'perfect'. An envious 15% of those quizzed admitted they secretly wished they had their friend's because it was nicer than theirs.
Adelle Thompson, head of buying at Beaverbrooks, commented, “A proposal is one of the most important milestones in any relationship and our research shows that for most couples, the perfect engagement ring is a crucial part of the event.
“Selecting the dream ring is all about identifying the little details that make it special for your partner – from the design and material of the band through to the cut, colour, clarity and carat of the sparkling diamond.
“We understand that choosing a ring can be overwhelming, particularly when there are so many different options available. To help partners choose a ring their loved one will treasure forever, we have created an ultimate ring buying guide, complete with hints and tips on styles, sizes and materials.”
To find out more about choosing the perfect engagement ring for your partner, visit www.beaverbrooks.co.uk/engagement-ring-buying-guide