Wednesday November 03, 2010 TVNZ NZI Business

The problem of finding the right kind of engagement ring before you propose has finally been solved, as All Blacks star Dan Carter recently found out.

He was one of the first people in the world to use the new temporary proposal ring. Called the "Wilshi", the ring is aimed at grooms who don't feel up to guessing what their future bride might want on their finger.

The internet-based series of six silver rings are embossed with the words "will you marry me?" and are made to avoid the embarrassment of being presumptuous about the answer or your choice of engagement ring.

"Romance is certainly not dead, and a lot of men want to get engaged, want to conduct a romantic proposal, do it in a really special way. But they face this problem - they don't know what their partner would like, how much they should spend," a Wilshi spokesman told NZI Business today.

"Dan typified the problem. He was contemplating getting engaged but like so many men, he had all those issues. He saw the Wilshi, and he decided to go with one."Carter proposed to his long-term girlfriend Honor Dillion two weeks ago.