24 Apr The ultimate guide to buying an engagement ring
So, you’ve plucked up the courage to pop the question. Congratulations! You’re going to make someone very happy (hopefully) and create memories that will last forever. We know you’ve only got one question on your mind, but firstly it’s important to make a key decision that could make or break your proposal… Yep, it’s time to consider choosing your engagement ring.
The engagement ring is made to be shown off – whether that be to friends or family, to work colleagues, on social media… The list goes on! There are going to be lots of eyes taking a look at that ring, so you’re going to want to get it right. What’s more, your future bride (or husband) will have to wear it on a daily basis, so it’s crucial to make sure it suits their preferred style.
In this blog we’ll take a look at the important questions to ask yourself before you buy the ring, so you don’t spend endless hours scrolling the internet.
How much should I spend on a ring?
Many people say that you should pick a budget of around one month’s wages, but this isn’t a rule that suits everyone. Whether you pick a ring that’s £300 or one that’s £50k, it will have a sentiment attached to it that will make it precious to you and your partner. It’s more about the ring itself than the price tag, so don’t lose too much sleep about choosing something on the affordable side.
What style of ring should I go for?
At this point, you should know a thing or two about your partner’s style. If you haven’t been paying attention, now’s the time to buck up your observation skills and take a look at any jewellery they may currently wear. You could even pass a jewellery store together and see which type of ring they make a beeline to (don’t be obvious!). If you can trust those close to her not to spill the beans, you could even ask her friends or family.
Remember, it’s all about your partner. Don’t get drawn in to diamond qualities and cuts, it’s more about matching their style. Your fiancée will be wearing this for the rest of their life, so don’t go for something that doesn’t suit.
What about diamonds?
If it’s diamonds you’re after, remember that the less colour, the higher the value. Keep it traditional with white, but if you want something rare, you could go for pink or orange.
When it comes to carat, the heavier the rock, the heavier the price tag. Remember, size doesn’t always matter!
Settings and band material
There are four ways the stone is generally presented – in a cluster, halo, solitaire or three stones. On the band itself, stones can be inserted through channelling grooves or paving rock by rock. If you want to stay traditional, go for white gold, yellow gold or platinum. White rose gold is growing in popularity as the trend for rose gold continues. Again, your partner’s style is key here.
Vintage engagement rings
If you want something a little different, you could go for an antique or vintage engagement ring. If you take this route, chances are your partner will never see another ring like it. It’s a great way to show some personality, especially if your partner likes the vintage style. You’ll want to do some research and find a veritable dealer, but you should find that the market is very competitive so you’re likely to find a ring with a lot of history for under £3k.
How do I know their ring size?
If you’re trying to keep the proposal a secret, there are a number of ways you can do this. A ring sizer app will allow you to measure an existing ring, but remember you’ll need to pick one she wears on her ring finger. If you have to take a guess, make sure the ring can be resized later. Some jewellers also offer stand-in rings, which you can exchange for the correct size after the proposal.
Covering your back
It’s an expensive purchase, so this is a no-brainer. Firstly, make sure your jeweller offers a guarantee against any manufacturing faults. You’ll also want to take out insurance – no matter how careful you are, there’s still a chance the ring could be damaged or stolen. Jewellery insurance is very affordable, so make sure you get it.
There you have it, just a few tips & tricks for choosing the perfect engagement ring. Now, all that’s left to do is actually propose – we’ve got some tips for that too!