5 Sneaky Ways to Drops Hints About Your Dream Engagement Ring

Because your ring is a forever kind of thing.

Photo by Tiffany Loera

Is your significant other acting more nervous or budget-conscious than usual? Has one of your rings mysteriously disappeared and then reappeared? Well, they're probably planning to propose, so it might not be a bad idea to start dropping hints about what kind of engagement ring you want.

While you may have picked out your dream rock ages ago, your S.O. may (or may not) be on the same page. Ready to get the ring of your dreams? Of course, while it's not all about the rock, it's certainly a significant (and sparkly) aspect. So below, proposal planner Michele Velazquez shares five easy tips that'll be sure to get the point across.

Meet the Expert

Michele Velazquez is a proposal planner and the founder of The Heart Bandits.

The Subtle Social Hint

Get a Pinterest board and then subtly let your partner know that you have photos of your dream engagement ring on there by leaving the page up on your browser. They will be snooping in no time.

The Celebrity Commentary

With so many celebrities getting engaged (and posting their rings on Instagram), it's easier than ever to show a picture of the ring you want—all under the guise of keeping up with pop culture.

The Friendly Feedback

When your friends get engaged, discuss what you like or don't like about their rings. For example, you may say: "Ted did such a good job picking out that ring! I just love the halo setting." Or conversely, you could offer up suggestions along the lines of: "Laura's round solitaire totally suits her, but I'm not crazy about it. You know me, I'd much prefer something vintage."

The "What-If" Window Shopping

The next time you're out shopping, pause in front of your local jewelry store and just "take a peek" at the displays. Just point out what you like and then move on.

The Trusty Friend Tactic

If you've already had "the talk," then it's time to enlist the help of your best friends. Let them know what you like, so they can help guide your partner to the right choice. Most people still want the proposal to be a surprise, even if they've already discussed getting married. So let them do the shopping, but they'll feel a lot more confident with their choice if they know they're on the right track.

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