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10 Engagement Ring Tips

We don’t need to tell you… an engagement ring is a big, important and expensive purchase –loaded with love and symbolism. That’s why we’ve written these 10 engagement ring tips. To help you get the ring 100% right – so it’s exactly what she wants.

1. It’s ALL about her

An engagement ring represents a massive milestone in your relationship. When you’re under this much pressure, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important.

That’s why we recommend, before you do any diamond research, take a moment to think about this:

The person who will be wearing the ring for the rest of their life is your fiancée.

So, don’t drive yourself mad with diamond qualities, girdles, sizes and cuts. Your jeweller will be able to point you to the perfect engagement ring for your budget.

First, before you do anything else, you have to suss out the style of ring she desires.

2. Finding out what she wants

Some women love to be surprised. Others would prefer to shop for the ring together with you. You know her better than anyone else, so you’ll have to decide which approach to take.

Either way, she’ll be most concerned about the ring suiting her personal style.

If you go the surprise route, and you’re astute when it comes to matters of style and fashion, you can do this easily by observing the jewellery she already wears. Is it big and sparkly? Or understated and simple? Go with her existing jewellery style and you’ll pick a winner ring.

But, if you’re not sure – go ask for advice. Best person to ask? Her sister or her best friends. Her peers, of similar age to her, will have a better idea of the style she wants.

3. Ring size, ring size, ring size

This is a tricky one, because how do you measure someone’s ring size without spoiling the surprise?

Yet it’s the most important factor. If the ring is too small or big it can spoil the moment.

There are no easy answers, but here are a few good solutions:

  • If she has an existing ring that she wears on her ring finger, then you could borrow it without her noticing, and measure it with a ring sizer app or a ring sizer tool, or have a jeweller measure it at a jewellery shop.
  • You could involve one or more of her friends in secret, and get them to pretend THEY’RE buying a ring for themselves or someone else. In the process, they might be able to subtly get your fiancée’s ring size while visiting a jewellery store.

In the end, you may simply need to guess.

In that case, talk to your jeweller and make absolutely sure the ring can be resized later.

Some jewellers also offer “stand in” rings to propose with. This means you get the ring you want, but in an estimated size. Once you’ve popped the question, if the ring is too big or small, you can measure her finger properly, get the proper ring size ordered, and once it’s ready, exchange it for the stand-in ring.

4. Buy the best you can afford

Forget the myth about spending two month’s salary on a ring. Some people do that, others don’t. It doesn’t matter, there are no rules.

However, you do need to buy the best ring you can afford. Why? Because an engagement ring is a piece of jewellery worn on the hand, every day, for life. It will be exposed to a lot of wear and tear.

Buy the most robust ring you can possibly afford.

Take a moment to consider how much you’ve spent on your smartphone, car, or another big item. Consider the longevity those products have.

Now compare those purchases to your engagement ring, and how much long-term wear it will need to endure.

How much should you spend? Only you know your budget. Online, you can get a good quality solitaire ring with a diamond around 0.25 to 0.33 carats from around £500-600.

And don’t forget, many jewellers also offer 0% financing.

5. The metal

Only invest in gold or platinum. Why?

Platinum is the best and hardest wearing metal. It has lasting, heirloom quality and appearance. It’s silvery-white in colour. However, it’s also the most expensive.

Gold is a superb mid-price choice and perfect for engagement rings because it’s hard wearing. Gold comes in 3 different colours white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. If going for gold, see points 1 and 2 to decide which colour she’d like best.

Silver is a big NO-NO! To many buyers, silver can initially seem appealing, because it’s so affordable. However, as any good jeweller will tell you, silver in the long run is way too soft and can easily bend out of shape if knocked or caught on something. This means that the diamond(s) can fall out through wear and tear. You don’t want that to happen. Silver rings should only be worn occasionally, as fashion accessories, not as engagement rings.

6. The diamond

There are lots of articles about diamond quality, cuts and size. Here’s a good one if you want to read more on the topic.

Too confusing?

Here’s how to cut through the jargon:

Choose diamond cut/shape first. This is determined by the style your fiancée wants (see points 1 and 2). Round diamonds are the sparkliest of all.

Second, pick diamond quality. H/Si is a fantastic diamond quality choice for diamonds up to 1 carat in size. It’s no wonder it’s the most popular choice for the majority of engagement ring buyers. It looks beautiful, white and sparkly. Anything above that quality (for diamonds in up to 1 carat size) is just a bonus. Why? Because no one, except a professional jeweller using a powerful magnifying loupe, will actually be able to tell what quality it is, beyond that.

Size is the final decision. If you have any money left over in your budget, after you’ve nailed down the above two points, then spend any extra cash on diamond size.

7. Check return and exchange terms

Always make sure you have understood your jeweller’s refund and exchange policy, and any resizing terms.

Most rings are returnable, but sometimes custom-made or special size rings can have return limitations. Don’t rush it, read the small print.

8. Manufacturer’s guarantee

This is a no brainer.

Check that your jeweller offers a guarantee against any manufacturing or handcrafting faults. That way you’re covered for any damage that’s caused by a fault in the ring’s structure.

9. Insurance

If you lose or damage the ring, or it breaks, bends or loses a gem or a diamond, or gets stolen – unless it’s a manufacturing fault – only insurance can provide cover for this.

Specialist jewellery insurance is very affordable from around £19.00 per year. It protects you against all eventualities, no questions asked. If you’re spending a big amount on a ring, it makes sense to pay a tiny bit per year for insurance.

READ MORE > Difference between Jewellery Guarantee VS Insurance

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10. Finding the right jeweller

Finally, it’s crucial to find a jeweller you feel comfortable with. Someone who can point you to the perfect ring for you, for your budget, without compromise.

Take your time, shop around, talk to various jewellers. Decide who you feel best going with, who gives you their time and advice unreservedly.

And now… it’s time to buy THE ring. Good luck! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any advice, we’re always happy to help.


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