Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

Congratulations! You’re going to get married!  But what about the ring? Will you surprise her and pick it yourself or would you like your future wife to choose?  Whatever you decide, there is still much fun to be had in picking the right ring.

1. Set a budget. This will help avoid you overspending. However, you may have no idea about how much to expect to pay but that’s because there is no expectation. Rings come in all different qualities and sizes and you need to pick one to suit your style and budget. It’s not about the price tag – it’s about the timeless piece of jewellery.

2. Learn about the 4 C’s (even if you don’t want a diamond it gives you an idea of background)
Carat weight refers to the diamond’s size, with one carat being equal to 0.2 grams.
Colour refers to the diamond’s colourlessness, with white diamonds being the most valuable.
Clarity refers to the diamond’s purity, with fewer inclusions or blemishes being more valuable.
Cut refers to the diamond’s proportions and symmetry, with a well-cut diamond reflecting light more effectively and thus appearing more brilliant.

3. Decide on a metal. Will it be yellow gold, rose gold, white gold or platinum? If you are buying the ring as a surprise look at what other jewellery your wife to be wears to ensure that it matches.

4. What shape stone will you want? Round (brilliant cut), square (princess cut or ascher cut), pear, rectangular (emerald cut)?

5. Shop around. Find out as much information as you can both in stores and online. Speak to independent jewellers.

6. Check the ring size. Whilst this might not always be possible it ensures it fits straight away! Buying the correct size ring not only saves you time and money getting it resized after you’re engaged, but it also ensures any diamonds or gems stay in their settings properly. If a ring with pave or small diamonds around the band are catching your eye, also consult your jeweller as to how easily that ring can be resized – if at all – over time. Some rings have a limit to how much they can be resized without affecting a setting.
If you’re unsure what the correct size is, try to bring the topic up in conversation or sneak a ring that you know fits your partner’s ring finger and pop to a jewellers to have it sized.

A few more hints:

  • All diamonds should be certified by a respected gemological institute such as the GIA.
  • Keep the diamond certificate in a safe place
  • Ask you jeweller for a valuation for insurance purposes

So, now you’ve worked out how to pick the perfect ring for your perfect bride all you need to do is work out how to propose! 

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