If you’re getting ready to propose, no doubt you want it all to be perfect. There is a lot to think about, from timing to venue, and of course the ring. When you’re asking someone to spend the rest of their life with you, you want to make sure the ring you present them with represents your feelings for them.
Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be challenging, particularly if this is not an area of your expertise. And chances are, this is something that is way outside your area of expertise! Don’t worry we’ve got your back: check our guide to choosing the perfect engagement ring below.
Set Your Budget
There is an incredibly wide of choice when it comes to engagement rings, with a multitude of choices in terms of stones, bands, carats, and style. An easy way to start narrowing down this choice is your budget. Before you can consider your choices you’ll need to know what your budget is, as this will determine your range of choices. Setting a budget for your engagement ring should be aspirational as well as practical: be careful of over-stretching yourself. Although you will want to get the best possible ring to make your strongest statement, it is not worth putting yourself under financial strain. Remember that you are about to start a new life together, so it is more import to ensure that you have the budget you need for that!
Investigate Your Fiancée’s Style
The next thing you need to establish before you can buy the perfect engagement ring is the style and preferences of your fiancée (or more specifically your fiancée to be). You need to know whether she likes traditional or more modern styles, and the kind of bands (gold, silver, white or platinum) and the types of precious stones she prefers. The first way to do this is to look at her current jewellery collection as this will give you a fairly good idea. Even better, consult with her friends and family as they will be able to give you useful advice and tips.
Establish Her Ring Size
This one can be a little trickier but it is quite important. Yes, you can always buy a ring and then have it resized later, after the proposal. However, it is so much better to have a perfectly fitting ring that easily slips on to her finger and fits her snugly from the get-go. This really makes a statement that you are meant to be together! The best way to do this is to take one of her rings to the jeweller and have them check the size. This may take a bit of arranging to do this secretly, but this extra touch can really make for a brilliant proposal.
Choose a Band and the Stone
The next thing you’ll need to decide is the kind of band you will have for the ring. The most common bands for engagement rings are yellow gold, white gold or platinum. Yellow gold is the most traditional version, while white gold and platinum bands are usually more modern. Platinum is also generally the most expensive, but very high quality. When it comes to the stone, diamonds are far the most common, whether a single (solitaire) diamond in various cuts, or a number of diamonds in a pattern. There are engagement rings with precious stones such as emeralds, sapphires and rubies, which can be perfect for brides-to-be who prefer something a little different.
Settle on a Style
Once you’ve settled on the band and the type of stone, you’re set to go, right? Wrong: there’s one more decision you’ll need to make. You’ll need to decide on the style and design of the ring. This is probably the hardest part of the process, as style can be a very personal thing. Go back to your research phase, and think about the kind of jewellery you fiancé-to-be wears, as well as the clothes and styles she prefers in general. And don’t forget to ask her close friends for their opinion!
Decide Whether to Buy Online or In-store
You’ll find plenty of places to buy engagement rings in London, New York, or any other major city. However, if you’re living in a small town you may find the selection more limited, so you may need to look online to find the specific ring your fiancée will love you may need to look online. Buying online gives you the ultimate range of choice to find the perfect ring. Some sites will even allow you to customize or create your ring design. On the other hand, the advantages of buying the ring in-store include being able to check the quality and clarity of the ring in-person, which cannot be done when shopping online.