You have found your other half and have decided that you would like to take your relationship to the next step by proposing. You may have already started browsing for engagement rings with your partner, or you are planning to make it the ultimate surprise. Either way, your shopping experience will be full of options, and you will want to know a few things before choosing the perfect ring.
Shape is Important
Before even considering the 4 Cs (Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat), you will want to have a general idea of your partner’s favourite shape. Shape differs from the cut, as the former refers to the geometry of the stone, and the latter referring to the arrangement of facets needed to fuel a diamond’s brilliance.
Think About the Setting
The setting is where your stone is mounted. There are many options available, the setting is a personal preference and is able to reflect your partner’s personality. For example, a round diamond can be mounted on a classic pave diamond ring, this style is known to be elegant and timeless. The secret to a beautiful engagement ring is getting the shape and setting right.
Find Out Your Partner’s Style
It is very common for couples to shop for engagement rings together to get a feel for each other’s style and diamond preferences, but if you are more of a traditionalist, you will have to be more strategic about how you find out this information. Pay close attention to the jewellery they wear. Is it gold or silver, dainty or flashy? All of these will aid in your picking the perfect ring for your perfect person.
What Metals Do they Prefer?
There are a number of metals that you can choose from for the band of your engagement ring. An increasingly popular choice is platinum, as it is durable and hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for those who have sensitive skin. Gold is another great option and it is offered in a variety of colouring, including white, rose and yellow.
When you are shopping for an engagement ring, you should be shown many loose stones, as opposed to stones already in a setting. The stones account for most of your rings’ cost so you will want to make sure that you have an experienced and reputable jeweller to walk you through the process and help you choose a beautiful diamond, within your budget.
Work Within Your Budget
There is a common misconception that you have to spend two to three months’ salary on an engagement ring. That is completely false and the budget will vary from person to person. It is advisable to have an established budget before going engagement ring shopping, that way your jeweller can work with you to create a ring that your partner and your bank account will love.