We don’t need to tell you that an engagement ring is a big, important and expensive purchase, loaded with symbolism. That’s why we’ve written this engagement ring advice article with 10 tips so you get it right.
1. Remember, it’s ALL about your partner
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 partner. For them, the ring’s style is the most important factor.
2. Figure out exactly what style they want
If you have an eye for fashion, look at your partner’s existing jewellery for clues. Then simply choose a ring that matches their existing jewellery style – you’ll be sure to pick a winner. If they usually wear big, dazzling jewellery pieces, then your engagement ring should be sizeable and sparkling. If they’re more into smaller items with a classic look, then choose something understated.
If you’re not sure, ask for advice. Im this case, it’s best to consult your partner’s best friends or siblings. As your partner’s peers, closest in age, they’ll know what style to choose.
3. Find out the 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.
- Ask your partner’s friends to find out their ring size in secret.
- If you have to guess, make sure the ring can be resized later.
- Get a “stand-in ring” from your jeweller in an estimated size to propose with, which you can then exchange for the correct size ring later.
4. 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. Your partner will wear it on their hand, every day, for life. It’s worth buying quality that can withstand that.
5. Pick a metal that suits their complexion
It’s best to invest in gold or platinum because they’re the two hardest precious metals you can use in jewellery. Choose the colour of the metal according to other jewellery your partner already likes to wear:
- Platinum, silvery-white in colour, is the most durable, but also the most expensive.
- Gold is a versatile choice for engagement rings. It’s available in 3 different colours including white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. Plus you can buy it in 18K and 9K qualities to match your budget.
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 solitaire, because it’s the sparkliest of all diamond shapes and looks stunning on any finger. Anything up to half a carat 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 they are 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. Don’t rush, read carefully.
8. Check for a guarantee period
This is a no brainer. Check that your jeweller offers a craftsmanship 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.
Image note: This diamond ring was damaged in a skiing accident. Diamonds too can break if enough sudden pressure is applied along what are called their “cleavage lines”.
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.