Q: My boyfriend and I have been talking about getting married for two years and having finished college are ready to finally start our lives together. He is very excited and has told me he has started saving for my ring. Is it proper to pick my own ring? How do I tell him without taking the joy totally out of his hands?
A: It is perfectly acceptable to pick our your own engagement ring. In fact, many couples go “ring shopping” ahead of the proposal in order for the woman to show her fiance-to-be what style of ring might suit her. Perhaps you could suggest this type of outing to your boyfriend, where you could show him a few different stone styles or settings that you like which he could choose from and still make the final decision on his own.