When it comes to buying an engagement ring, it’s important that you are absolutely happy with it as it may be the most important purchase you ever make. With this in mind, it can seem like an incredibly daunting process as you want to ensure that the ring you choose will be loved by your future spouse. So, to help you find the perfect ring, we’ve put together a quick guide to buying an engagement ring.
Of course, getting the right size ring is essential so your partner can slide the ring onto their finger straight away. This means that you are going to need to do a little research to establish their ring size. There are a few ways you can do this.
If your partner wears rings, you could take one to your local jeweller so they can measure it to find the right size. Alternatively, if they are a relatively deep sleeper, take a piece of string and wrap it around their ring finger, making a note of where the string meets.
There are lots of different things to take into account when it comes to the style of the engagement ring. These can include:
- Band style
If you’re unsure of what your partner wants or likes, make sure to pay careful attention to the jewellery she chooses to wear. She is likely to have a preference in terms of the metal, so if she wears a lot of yellow gold, this is probably going to be a good choice for the ring.
It’s a good idea to recruit one or two of her close friends as they may have discussed ring preferences in the past. They should be able to help you get a good idea of what your partner would love.
We spoke to H.Hogarth Jewellers who said,
“Choosing the perfect engagement ring is a big decision, and there are many things you should consider. Think about matching the ring with their personality and their lifestyle. If you’re bride-to-be has an active lifestyle, a ring with a big stone may not be the right choice for them.”
The stone or stones is probably the most important element of the ring, but with so many different options, this can be a tough decision to make. Diamonds are the traditional choice – they are incredibly tough, beautiful and they emanate a feeling of luxury.
However, your partner may prefer a ring with a colored stone, or perhaps they would rather mix the two options together.
As this is the most important jewellery purchase you will ever make, you may be concerned about the quality. This is where you should consider the four c’s:
- Cut – this is the way the diamond has been cut, and it really does make a huge difference to the way a diamond looks. I well cut diamond will glimmer and sparkle effortlessly.
- Colour – not all diamonds are the same colour. In fact, diamonds of a poorer quality can have a slight yellow tint to them, so if you want the best, opt for a colourless diamond.
- Clarity – this concerns the imperfections or inclusions in the stone which are caused by minerals or small fractures in the diamond.
- Carat – this is the weight of the diamond. The heavier the diamond, the higher the carat, and the more expensive it will be.
There are lots of different things that you will need to consider when choosing the perfect engagement ring, but if you pay close attention to these three factors, you should be able to find a ring your partner will love.