Getting married is one the most important times of your life, and possibly one of the most significant purchases you will ever make is an engagement ring. It’s an item that holds great sentimental value, so much consideration should be given to choosing the right one. Unsure as to what to look for? Here’s a quick guide:
1. Do your research
Before you begin the search for an engagement ring, make sure you do thorough research, particularly in relation to budget. As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Look at the different prices for a range of diamond cuts, sizes and clarities as well as different bands. You’d be surprised at the range of options on offer, for all budgets. Tradition suggests a ring should cost three times your monthly salary, but ultimately, choosing a personal and beautiful ring is much more important than cost.
2. What diamond shape should I choose?
Diamonds come in a range of different shapes, from a classic princess cut to a more personalised Marquise cut. An easy way is to research the different shapes available and think about which would suit your partner. Some are a lot more eye-catching than others, so consider this when making your choice.
3. What size and clarity of diamond can my budget afford?
Diamonds come in five different categories, ranging from internally flawless to imperfect with visible imperfections. Decide whether size or clarity is more important to you. Many people opt for a middle ground, but if your fiancée is keen to have a large diamond, you may have to forgo some of the quality. The best way to explore this is to go into a store and look at the visual differences.
4. What material and band type should I buy?
The most common engagement bands come in gold, silver and platinum, and while the tradition is to have a plain band, many are opting for an eternity band, with small diamonds encrusted around the band itself. To choose a material, take a look at your partner’s current jewellery and see if there is a common metal present. It’s then important to consider the band thickness. This isn’t too tricky; as a general rule, the smaller the hand, the thinner the band.
5. Keeping it personal
No matter what you choose with regards to the previous points, it’s always important to ensure that the ring is personal to your potential fiancée. Don’t be blown away by coloured diamonds if you know your partner to be someone quite traditional. It sounds clichéd, but often the right ring will call out to you. If it doesn’t, try to picture different types of jewellery on your partner’s hand. Think back to other jewellery they own and see if there are any common features; are they all gold, for example? Also, remember any hints they may have dropped over the years. If all else fails, consider proposing in an original way, without a ring, and choose the ring together after the acceptance.
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