The Art of Dropping the Hint

May 13, 2021

The Six-Year Itch

Recently I was chatting to a couple that had been together for almost six years. In that time, they had gone through many milestones; They had celebrated many birthdays together, of their friends, families and each other. They had moved in together and changed houses more times than they care to count. They had gone through career changes and celebrated progressions, promotions, and the start of new ventures. They had purchased a cat, a couple of dogs, a car, a house, but had not yet celebrated the purchase of an engagement ring.

A Perfect Approach to Dropping the Hint

Anyway, I had been speaking to the couple a fair few times, and the ‘proposer’ was in talks with me about how to create the perfect ring for his partner. One thing that really impressed me was her approach to ‘dropping the hint’ which was done so in a really smooth manner – she is in sales after all!

The wait to propose was never about his devotion to her, nor was it about getting cold feet, or commitment problems – he was just operating on his own timeline of being ready. They had renovations to their home, travel, and business investments they had to take care of.

The Need For the “Nudge”

In recent years, I’ve found that the topic of engagement is now more of an open discussion than it has been in years past, and I’m all for that! It makes it easier to drop a casual hint about a style or type of engagement ring. Whether it’s the proposer subtly finding out what the perfect ring looks like or your potential future fiancé pre-empting an upcoming engagement plot and wanting to plant a style seed there are a many ways you can ‘drop a hint’.

Couples are moving in together earlier, so the marriage proposal has changed over the years, it’s become more of an open conversation, and collective decision – more people are moving in as a de facto couple before getting married.

Fun is Key

The key is to have fun with it and create an open dialogue about building your future together.

How Do I Drop Hints to My Partner to Propose?

Some helpful tips on dropping a proposal or engagement ring design hint:

  • Tag your partner in ring designs you like with some cheeky comments, and lots of emoji’s 😉
  • Use our ‘drop a hint’ button to email design hints to your partner
  • Don’t make dropping the hint too serious, too pushy, or with the edge of an ultimatum
  • Remember everyone has their time, and there are lots of things to consider when starting the next chapter of your lives together
  • Talk openly about finances and expectations
  • Make sure they know that you don’t just want a piece of jewellery – it’s a beautiful momento that celebrates growth in the relationship
  • Don’t be afraid to involve them in the design process either!

Just because you’ve been in a long-term relationship, doesn’t mean your proposal can’t be special and unexpected!  I talk to plenty of couples that pick the design before planning a surprise proposal at a date unknown to their partner. Sometimes all that’s needed is a gentle nudge in the right direction!

That’s how I’ve earned my reputation as Michael, the ‘Ringman Wingman’ on 0452 266 359

P.S. If you or anybody you know is looking for an engagement ring, but doesn’t know where to start or what type of ring to buy, we’re here to help guide you. Our 40+ years of experience and Australian sourcing means we can offer exceptional craftsmanship, service and value for money that high street jewellers can’t.

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