We don’t need to tell you that 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 it 100% right.
1. Remember, it’s ALL about her
When shopping for an engagement ring, it’s all too easy to get caught up in diamond qualities and cuts. Take pause and remember this: the person who’ll be wearing the ring for the rest of their life is your fiancée. For her, the ring’s style is the most important factor.
2. Find out exactly what she wants
If you have an eye for fashion, look at her existing jewellery for clues. Then simply choose a ring that matches her existing jewellery style – you’ll be sure to pick a winner. If you’re not sure, ask for advice. The best people to ask are her best friends or sisters because her peers usually have the best idea of the ring style she’d wear.
3. Very important… Ring size, ring size, ring size!
How do you measure someone’s finger in secret?
It’s a tricky one but here are a few solutions:
- Use a ring sizer app to measure an existing ring she wears on her ring finger.
- Ask her friends to find out her ring size in secret.
- If you have to guess, make sure the ring can be resized later.
- Some jewellers offer “stand-in rings” in an estimated size to propose with, which you can then exchange for the correct size ring later.
4. Don’t spend a fixed amount based on your salary – buy the best ring for your budget
There are no rules as to what you should spend on an engagement ring. But you do need to buy the best ring that you can afford.
Why? Because an engagement ring will be exposed to a LOT of wear and tear.
She will wear it on her hand, every day, for life. It will get caught on clothes and doors, knocked against gym equipment, come into contact with cleaning liquids and cosmetics. It’s worth buying quality that can withstand all of that.
Consider what you spent on your iPhone or car (which have a much shorter life than an engagement ring) and go from there. Don’t forget, many jewellers offer 0% financing if you don’t want to spend all your savings at once.
5. Pick the metal that suits her best
It’s best to invest in gold or platinum, because they’re the two hardest precious metals you can use in jewellery. Don’t buy silver, it’s too soft and won’t withstand wear and tear. Platinum, silvery-white in colour, is the hardest heirloom-quality metal, but also the most expensive. Gold is a superbly versatile choice, perfect for engagement rings due to its toughness. It’s available in 3 different colours – white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. Plus you can buy it in 18K (more expensive) and 9K (least expensive).
Some of our most popular engagement rings:
FROM TOP LEFT ACROSS:
3-Diamond Ring – 18K WHITE GOLD £4449.00
Diamond Halo Ring – 18K WHITE GOLD from £1655.00
Martini Diamond Ring – 9K ROSE GOLD £699.00
Diamond Solitaires – 18K YELLOW GOLD from £535.00
Galileo Diamond Cluster Ring – 18K WHITE GOLD £575.00
Sapphire and Diamond Ring – PLATINUM £3249.00
(All these are available on finance)
6. Choose the diamond
There are lots of articles about diamonds. Here’s a good one if you want to read more.
Too much information? Let’s cut through the jargon… If you’re unsure about a ring, your absolute best bet is a classic round brilliant-cut solitaire (single diamond) because it’s the sparkliest of all diamond shapes and looks stunning on any finger.
Anything up to half a carat (0.50CT) in size, you’re safe to choose quality H/Si for a great quality-price ratio. It’s a diamond quality that looks sparkling white and flawless to the naked eye, and she is sure to love it.
7. Read the small print
Always make sure you have understood your jeweller’s refund and exchange policy – and any resizing terms. Most rings are exchangeable if they’re the wrong size or she does not like the style. But sometimes custom-made or special-sized rings (meaning very small or very large finger measurements) can have exchange policy limitations. Don’t rush, read the terms carefully.
8. Check there’s a jeweller’s guarantee
This is a no brainer. Check that your jeweller offers a guarantee against any manufacturing faults. That way you’re covered for any damage that’s caused by a fault in the ring’s structure.
9. Take out insurance
If you lose or damage an expensive engagement ring or it gets stolen, only insurance can give cover for this. (Even if you have a guarantee, it will only cover damage caused by manufacturing faults.) Jewellery insurance is very affordable from around £19.00 per year and covers all eventualities, no questions asked.
10. Find the right jeweller
Last, but definitely not least, find a jeweller you feel comfortable with. Someone who you can ask as many questions as you want without feeling rushed or pressured. Then… it’s finally time to buy THE ring. Good luck! Contact us if you need any advice. We’re always happy to help.
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