should i surprise my partner with the engagement ring?

An engagement ring is a lifetime purchase, but it doesn’t need to be a stressful one. If you’re not sure whether you should surprise your partner or take them ring shopping, we have an easy solution: come in for a consultation first, and together we’ll figure out your best option.

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Your proposal is about your future together, and about showing that you care enough to make everything right, right down to the last detail – including the ring.

Since we opened in St. John’s in 1991, we have helped thousands of couples find their dream engagement rings. We’re honoured to be included in their journeys, because it’s not ‘just’ a piece of jewellery – it’s a piece of their lives.

To Surprise or Not To Surprise

An engagement ring is a big purchase, but it doesn’t need to be a stressful one. We will hold your hand throughout the entire process, helping you find a beautiful ring in your budget that you’ll both love (learn more about working with our Design Consultants here).

For many, the most difficult decision when choosing a ring is also the first one you have to make – are you going to completely surprise your significant other, or are you going to take them ring shopping before you propose?

Thankfully, we have an easy answer for the ‘to surprise or not to surprise’ question,  and the answer is the same for everyone: make the decision to come in by yourself first, and together we can figure out the best approach for you and your partner.

Your First Consultation

Your first meeting with one of our dedicated consultants is simply a ‘get-to-know-you’ appointment. There’s no rush, and there’s no pressure.

Come in alone, and we’ll educate you about your many options, talk about budget and address your questions and concerns. We find clients often like several meetings before finally deciding on a ring (although of course some find their ring right away).

As this is a major purchase with lots to consider, we recommend that you call or email beforehand to set up an appointment – this ensures we have enough time set aside to focus on you. This is especially true on busy Saturdays.

If you ultimately choose to surprise your partner with the ring and proposal, our consultations are crucial to help minimize some of the risk involved in shopping alone. We’ve learned the right questions to ask to help our clients narrow down their options to the ones most likely to match their partners’ styles and make their hearts jump.


Bear in mind if you do decide to surprise your partner, there is some risk involved. People often dream about their wedding and engagement rings for a long time.

For this reason, we usually recommend at least a quick consultation with your partner to ensure that your gift is perfect, while still staying within your budget.

Ultimately, surprising your beloved can be wonderful and romantic, but it can also lead to mistakes on what should be a rewarding life-time purchase.

Make the decision to come in by yourself first, and together we can figure out the best approach for you and your partner.

Ring Shopping Together

Ring shopping together is a fun, easy way to ensure your gift is perfect. It’s a pressure-free opportunity for you both to explore your options. We’re not going to discuss budget or look at diamonds – that’s something to focus on later, when you come back alone.

For now, we’re simply trying on rings.

When you bring your soon-to-be-betrothed into our store, you’ll both meet with your consultant, who’s on a fact-finding mission: what is your partner’s ring size? Style preferences? Dream ring? And after they’ve actually seen their dream rings on their finger, do they still love it as much? In our experience, many clients often change their minds after they actually see engagement rings on their own left hand.

So we’ll help your significant other figure out what type of ring they love, what matches their lifestyle, and what will work best with the type of wedding ring they want too.


Simplifying The Process

If you’ve poked around online, you already know that there’s lots to consider when buying a diamond ring (the 4Cs are just the start). Our consultants simplify all that information, guiding and educating you both so that you can focus on what’s really important: what makes your partner happy.

We’ve had countless clients tell us how grateful they were to be included in this process, enjoying the opportunity to learn more about what types of rings and styles are available to them.

In fact, even when they have a style in mind, quite frequently tastes change once people actually see what it looks like on their fingers.

Throughout this process we’ll be taking notes, to help you make your final choice later. You’re welcome to take as much time as you need and come back to see us as often as you’d like – again, always pressure free.

We find that a surprise ring shopping date can be equally as romantic as a surprise proposal and often recommend that you don’t let them know you’ve made the appointment – it makes for a really fun surprise on its own.

Trust us – no one has ever been upset that their partner arranged an afternoon of trying on diamonds and rings!

Your Final Choice

Even when you bring your partner in for a consultation, the final ring and diamond will be your choice – and still a surprise. We also love helping clients dream up really fun and exciting ways to propose, whether their partner knows it’s coming or not.

We’ve found that even if they suspect a proposal is on the horizon, it’s still just as exciting. Remember that your proposal is about your future together, and about showing that you care enough to take the time to make everything right, right down to the last detail – including the ring.

We guide and help couples find their perfect engagement and wedding rings, through one-on-one consultations. To ensure we have enough time to focus on you, we recommend appointments for these showings, which are always pressure-free.

To book yours, please call (709) 754-9497 or email

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Terrace on the Square,
Churchill Square
Main Floor – 10 Rowan Street
St. John’s,  NL, Canada
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(709) 754-9497

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