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No one wants to wear a ring they hate for the rest of you lives, and we’ve got a few ideas on how you can avoid that.

There are differing camps of opinion about whether a lady should tell her man what kind of ring she wants when he proposes. Some think it’s kind of tacky because, depending on how long you’ve been together, your honey should know your style and thus be able to pick the perfect ring for you. Others think this is the best way to ensure that you’ll love the ring you’ll be wearing for the rest of your life. But if you absolutely positively must drop hints, there are a number of ways to do it that range from the direct to the creative.

1. Tell A Friend

Hang out with your girls for long enough and chances are that someone is going to start fantasizing about the dream engagement ring. It’s just something a lot of us do. For the most part, these conversations are tinged with the hypothetical “someday,” but when you know that your beau is getting ready to propose that chat gets a lot more real. Brides.com suggests that it might be a good idea to let one of your trusted friends know what kind of ring you envision rocking for the rest of your days (and don’t spare any details) as soon as you know that your boyfriend plans to propose. According to The Huffington Post, the benefit here is that a lot of men often consult with their potential bride’s friends when trying to select the ring they’ll pop the question with.

2. Tell Him Indirectly

One of the most subtle ways to let your man know what kind of ring you want is to be more vocal about what kind of bling you like (or don’t like). If you’re walking around the mall, drop a few compliments about the rings you see at different jewelers. This is a good opportunity to let him know which designs really catch you eye and line up with your style. Glamour.com suggests that you can also comment about rings you’ve seen other women rocking! Didn’t you just love the cushion cut on your friend’s engagement ring? Let him know when you’re gushing about it.

3. Do It Digitally

Probably one of the most brazen ways to let your favorite man know what kind of ring you want is to simply leave it lying around on his computer…or his phone…or your tablet. It’s a much bolder way to get the message across. Any digital device that he might stumble across is fair game with this tactic, and how you do it is up to you. You can leave your Pintrest account open before you know he’ll use the computer. Taking it a step further you could bookmark a few links or even create a folder of rings you like. You can pull up a link to the ring on your mobile device. Someone women have even gone as far as to place their dream ring in an e-mail to their mom or friends and “accidently” add him to list of addresses. We don’t suggest doing that unless you’re particularly shameless.

No matter how you choose to offer input your engagement ring, don’t forget that the most important thing to focus on is the love that brought you together with your husband to be. Afterall, love gives you a glow that no ring can rival.

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