How to Buy The Perfect Engagement Ring for Valentine’s

You’ve decided to propose on Valentine’s Day, and the pressure is on. Don’t worry, this guide will help you find the perfect ring – and make your Valentine’s unforgettable for all the right reasons.

 1. Don’t leave it until the last minute

Most jewellers don’t stock all their rings in every single size. You may have to order the ring and this could take up to a few weeks. So make sure to shop early.

 2. Figure out the style she wants

For your partner, the most important thing about an engagement ring is the style. Your significant other will wear it on their hand for the rest of their life, so it needs to look and feel perfect. To suss this out, look at the jewellery they already wear. Big and sparkly? Understated and simple? If you’re not sure, ask your partner’s peers – sister, brother or close friends – for advice.

 3. Get the correct ring size

Next, you’ll need their finger size. This is crucial. A ring that doesn’t fit will ruin the big moment. To get your partner’s ring size, you can either measure one of their existing rings with a ring sizer app, or get a free ring sizer tool in the post, or measure their finger at a jewellery store. Want to keep it a secret? Then you need to enlist their friends to help you find out their ring size discreetly.

 4. Decide your budget

There’s a myth that an engagement ring should cost a month’s salary. Luckily, the reality is that there are no rules. Just remember, your partner will wear the ring all their life, so it needs to be strong and robust enough to stand long-term daily wear. Find a friendly jeweller and get the best ring you can afford.

Read more here about How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring.

 5. Pick a diamond shape (called “the cut”)

Most people think all diamonds sparkle. However, sparkle actually depends on the diamond shape, called the ‘cut’. Here are diamond cuts in order of sparkliness:

♦ Round cut  – Round, the most sparkly
♦ Princess cut – Square, almost as sparkly as round
♦ Pear shapedLooks like a teardrop, medium sparkle
♦ Marquise cut – Rounded sides tapering to points, medium sparkle
♦ Emerald cut – Rectangular, giving off long flashes rather than sparkle

Read our in-depth article to discover the best diamond cuts and shapes for your engagement ring.

 6. Choose diamond quality – the easy way

Next, check diamond quality. Most people find this part a headache, so we’ve got an easy rule for you: If you’re buying a solitaire diamond up to 0.50 carat, H/Si quality is good value for money. With a diamond that size, you won’t be able to see any flaws in it with your naked eye, and your rock will sparkle with beautiful white colour. For larger diamonds, you may want to consider a better quality. In this case, ask your trusted jeweller to recommend a minimum quality that represents the best value.

 7. Alternatively, pick a coloured gem

A colourful gem is beautiful and stands out from the crowd. Kate Middleton’s famous blue sapphire has made gemstone engagement rings incredibly popular. Plus they’re more affordable per carat than diamonds, so you’ll get a bigger ring for your money. To learn more, read our article on alternative engagement rings gems

 8. Choose the metal colour she loves

Although cheap, silver is not the best option for engagement rings as it’s soft and may not withstand daily wear. However, your decision will ultimately depend on what colour metal your partner prefers and your budget. There are 4 precious metal choices that are usually the recommended ones for engagement rings:

  • Platinum
  • White gold
  • Yellow gold
  • Rose gold

To learn more, read White Gold Vs Platinum and Yellow Gold Vs. White Gold and Rose Gold Jewellery: Everything You Need to Know.

 9. Finally, it’s time to buy THE ring!

Now that you know exactly what you want, you’re in a good position to chat with a trusted jeweller. Stick to retailers that are members of The NAJ. Also, do check your jewellery is hallmarked and comes with a guarantee.

Good luck! Get in touch with our Personal Shoppers if you have any questions. We are always happy to chat and help 🙂