Talking about 'the ring'

MEGHAN MORRIS/ BASTROP ENTERPRISE -- A round-cut diamond.

Nothing says “Will you marry me?” like diamonds, and Steve's Jewelry has been working to fill that need for couples in Bastrop for over 30 years.

“It's not all about the money to us,” Sandy Perry, owner Steve Perry's wife, said. “We love servicing the couple.”

Since they first opened back in 1977, traditions have changed and while some people still take the leap to pick out a ring themselves, others have gone a different route to picking out the ring.

“Most of the guys that feel confident to come in and buy it themselves have something nice in mind,” Sandy Perry said. “Seems like the younger generation — people in their early 20s — bring in their bride to pick it out.”

For those taking the leap, Perry said that to get their significant other's ring size they typically get it from the mother, sister or a friend. If they are a previous customer though, the store may have their ring size on file.

For those taking a more modern approach, the couple can come in and the prospective fiancé can pick out a

cut and style. Steve's Jewelry has several options rings including mix and match and custom designs.

“We have had some people bring in a picture, and if we don't have a similar ring on display, we can actually custom design one,” Perry said. “Kevin Bennett and Steve are both master jewelers.”

According to Perry, after they pick out the ring, the buyer can then come back later and pick out a clarity, which will be a determining factor in the price and many times she will have them pick out a first, second and third option while they are both there, just in case. As for how much a person should spend on an engagement ring, Perry said it's typically between three and sixth months salary, but it all depends on how much they make and how much they can really afford. According to a 2013 report from Jewelers of America, a trade group, the average amount spent on an engagement ring was $4,000 in 2012.

For more information, visit the store at 109 E. Madison Ave. or call them at 281.4120.