What's the Perfect Engagement Ring For You?

By: Zoe Samuel

What's the Perfect Engagement Ring For You?
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About This Quiz

The engagement is the first and most exciting stage of getting married. This is the starter pistol, the beginning of the race. You're thinking about who you will tell first, if you'll post the photo on Instagram or Twitter first, and who you will invite to your wedding.

Engagements are the first example of a couple planning something that by definition, will have an impact on them for the rest of their days. Even if the wedding planning falls to one or the other half of the couple, or if a wedding planner is hired, engagements give the couple their first shot at working together on something that involves everyone they know, exhibiting their tastes, and even food choices.

Engagement rings are objects that mark this period, and remind us of it every time we see it. Engagement rings are also a sign of how things were going at the time of the engagement. If the couple wasn't particularly well off, the ring might be very minimalist, and if the couple had recently enjoyed a windfall, it might be huge and ornate.

At their hearts, engagement rings are an expression of an eternal feeling, and so expensive or not, their design must reflect something deeper about the couple. Take this quiz, and we'll tell you what design you should get!

How traditional is your relationship?
A little
Not at all
Very
Fairly

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Do you live in a safe area?
Mostly
Yes, totally
About average
Not really

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Do you often wear gloves that will have to get over your ring?
Sometimes
Almost never
No, it's hot here!
Yes

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Do you have to wash your hands a lot at work?
Constantly
Never, actually
Once or twice
Only when I go to the bathroom

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Do you do manual labor?
Depends on the gig
Nope
A little
Yep

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Do you work with children?
Yes
No
Only my own
Rarely

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Do you wear a lot of other jewelry?
No, just the ring
Not most days, but when I do it, I go hard.
Yes, I am covered in it.
Only a few simple pieces

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Do you mind ostentatious displays of wealth?
I don't feel strongly.
I love them!
I like them.
I hate them.

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Do you have an awful lot of money?
Less than average
Quite a lot, yes
About average
I do, but I don't brag.

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Do you believe in symbolism?
No
Depends on the symbol!
Of course
Somewhat

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Do you like to plan ahead?
Not really
Yes, years ahead!
Of course
A little

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Do you expect to give a ring as well as getting one?
Probably
Definitely
Probably not
Definitely not

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Is anyone in your life still single, really sad about it, and so important to you that you'd downsize your ring to avoid hurting their feelings?
I don't think so.
Yes, but I'm not going to.
Nope
I might, yes.

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Do you like the idea of a first ring now then an upgrade on your 10th anniversary?
That does sound good!
I hadn't thought of it but sure, more rings!
I don't mind either way.
No, I want to keep just the one.

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Do you get your nails done often?
Never
Not really
All the time
I do them myself often!

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Do you worry about conflict diamonds?
I don't know what that is.
Nope
A little
A lot

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What colors do you like to wear most?
Jewel tones
Black and white
Autumnal colors
Pastels

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Do you wear a lot of easily snagged fabrics like chiffon or cashmere?
Yes, a lot
Hardly any
Less than average
More than average

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Do you fiddle?
A little
I fiddle so hard.
A lot
Nope, I am poised!

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Do you worry that you might lose your ring?
A little, yes
Not a bit!
Well, now I do!
I worry so much about that!

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Who are you trying to impress?
No one
Everyone
Girlfriends
Family

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Do you want people to be jealous?
I don't care what they think.
It wouldn't hurt.
Ideally
I would hate that.

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Do you take your ring off to shower, or do you need one so big it can't go down the drain if it tried?
I would never shower with a ring on.
That's a good idea!
Yes, that's necessary.
Now you say that, I'll take it off.

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Do you anticipate forgetting that you are engaged at any point?
I honestly could, yes.
No, but bling me up anyway.
Yes, I need to be reminded.
Doubt it.

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Do you sort of think marriage is a bit silly?
It is a bit.
No, it's awesome!
No, it's a grand tradition.
No, it's sacred.

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How long did you date before the proposal?
More than 3 years
Under 2 years
Under 18 months
About 2 years

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How far in advance was the idea of an engagement discussed?
Six months or more
A few weeks
It was a surprise.
A few months

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How long an engagement would you like?
Under six months, I just want to be married.
Two years to plan a huge wedding!
A year to get the event we want.
Under a year to be convenient for our friends.

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Do you prefer a family ring?
If available
I'd prefer to get matching ones made.
No, I want a new one.
Yes, please.

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Do you anticipate leaving your ring to a child?
That'd be nice.
I hadn't thought about it.
They can pry it from my cold dead hand, literally.
Yes, please.

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