You have found the girl of your dreams and have the perfect proposal in mind, but there is still the task of finding a beautiful diamond engagement ring to present to her. Buying an engagement ring can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There are so many decisions you will need to make before finding the ideal ring for your proposal. Here we will provide you with a simple guide to choosing the best diamond engagement ring for your bride to be.
Set a budget
Before you even walk into a jewellery store or begin shopping for an engagement ring online, it is important to set yourself a budget. Whilst many people think it is traditional to spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring, this was actually made up by jewellers to get you to spend more money on their diamonds! Instead, allocate an amount that you can afford to spend and purchase the most beautiful ring within your budget. At the end of the day, it is not how much you spend on the ring, but the meaning and feelings behind the proposal that matters.
Find out her ring size
Whilst choosing the wrong ring size can be awkward and a little embarrassing (especially if it doesn’t fit on her finger when you propose) it is not the end of the world. You can simply take the ring back to the jewellers and have it properly sized after your proposal. If you do want to make sure you get the right size, you need to take on the role as a jewellery thief for a day. Before you ask, we do not mean swiping a ring from a jewellery store, but borrowing one from your other half’s jewellery box for the day! You will need to be really sneaky to make sure she doesn’t notice, but it will be worth the extra effort when the ring glides onto her finger seamlessly after she has accepted your proposal!
Get an idea of her preferred jewellery style
Some women prefer modern jewellery, whereas others are charmed by vintage pieces. Make sure you know what style jewellery your other half likes wearing, before selecting her engagement ring. If you cannot get a good idea by looking at the other jewellery she wears, quiz someone close to her like her mum, sister or best friend. It is also important to get an idea of the metal colour she prefers. Your choices will be yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum.
Research the 4 c’s
The four c’s include carat, clarity, cut and colour. These determine the quality and cost of the diamond engagement ring you purchase. When shopping for an engagement ring either in-store or online, make sure you choose the ring with the best clarity, cut, colour and carat that you can afford.
Choose the diamond shape
There are so many diamond shapes to choose from including oval, round, heart, pear and princess. This decision is down to personal preference, but it is worth keeping in mind that round diamonds are the most traditional choice and princess diamonds (a square-like shape) are the most popular for modern engagement rings.
Select the setting
Before shopping for an engagement ring, make sure you are clued up on the different types of settings available. The setting is what holds the diamond in place on the ring. Many jewellery designers give customers the opportunity to select a bespoke setting to add a special touch to their ring.
If we could offer one piece of advice, it would be to do as much research as possible on the different types of engagement rings available. Knowing what is available within your budget, will help you narrow down your choice and find the perfect engagement ring for your bride to be.
Written by Neil Peters who recommends a well-known Scottish jewellery designers firm for your diamond engagement ring solution.
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