Choosing an engagement ring This is all very romantic – however – how sure are women that men will pick the right ring? The majority of women (46%) feel that it is equally likely that their partner could get it just right, or totally miss the mark.

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A diamond engagement ring is a tangible tribute to an unforgettable moment – a moment that is unique to each couple.

Being in the business of romance and designer diamond engagement rings, we were interested to find out how men and women differ in their views on marriage proposals.

We conducted a survey amongst unmarried men and women in South Africa and learnt that both men and women agree that a marriage proposal should be a romantic surprise rather than a joint decision resulting from a discussion.

Interestingly, it is the men who lead the charge in this sentiment; 55% of the male respondents opted for a surprise proposal, compared to 45% of female respondents. Where to propose As far as a setting for the proposal goes, the majority of women surveyed (40%) would like to be proposed to at a meaningful occasion surrounded by family and friends, whereas the majority of male respondents (30%) opted for a dramatic setting like a mountaintop or deserted beach.

Only 11% of men would be happy with a joint decision without a romantic surprise, whereas 18% of women preferred this option. Neither men nor women like the idea of a fancy restaurant, but are not far off in agreeing (men 25%, women 19%) that anywhere at all would do – even the kitchen – as long as the moment was right. So, if the proposal is to be a surprise, what about the engagement ring itself?

How much say would a woman like to have in a piece of jewellery she will wear every day for the rest of her life?

69% percent of women would like the ring to be a surprise, while just 31% would like to choose the ring with their significant others.

Interestingly, men do not differ very much from women in their preferences on this topic; 65% would like to surprise their partner with a ring.

That said, 39% of men would be happy enough if their partner tactfully broke it to them that the ring was not to their taste, and they went and exchanged it together.