29 June 2018

The Ultimate Engagement Ring Guide

When it comes to engagement rings, the right style, colour, size, band, decoration and price is as unique as the wearer themselves! So when it comes to picking the right ring for your wife or husband to be, it's no wonder that many end up feeling overwhelmed as after all!

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning. Your love paints a beautiful picture of what love really means.” – Anonymous

If you're going to wear a ring for the rest of your life, you've got to make sure it's something pretty that hits the spot! Whilst one person may like a single diamond solitaire, another may want something a little unique with a Padparadscha sapphire pop!

Lucky for us, we are surrounded by some of the most innovative and forward-thinking designers who are designing ever-growing and unique collections to accompany that very special question. So you've decided to take your relationship another step and pop the question - congratulations!

Proposing is an important moment in your life so feeling confident and at ease with the ring you pick is extra important! We've come up with an easy guide to follow when it comes to picking 'the one' as well as some of our top must-have style on the market!

Whether it's something low-key and traditional or an untraditional showstopper, there's a style out there to suit just about anyone! 

Before you buy...

1. Get to know their style
Don't know what sort of jewellery they like to wear? Take a look at the pieces they tend to wear on a day-to-day basis. You can tell a lot about a person by what jeweller they always tend to go for - whether it be simple silver pieces or classic gold mixes. From here you'll be able to decipher what bling-scale of ring would suit them and their go-to style.

Alternatively, get the attention of their best friend as no doubt they will know off heart what sort of style your soon-to-be fiancĂ©e is looking for! Use what you have in front of you and keep your ears and eyes peeled for any subtle hints that may be dropped into conversation either by family, friends or your partner themselves! 

2. But what size?
Simple enough, steal one of their existing rings! If you can swipe one of their day-to-day rings then take it into a jewellers and get it measured so that they can tell you the official size guide you should be looking at. 

3. How much should I spend?
This question is often muttered and whispered but no one ever really knows! The truth is, you should spend however much you feel you want to or can afford to. Yes we all want something pretty on our finger but that doesn't mean we have to break the bank doing so. The promise you're making together is far more priceless than the actual price tag of the ring! Just make sure however much you spend, you're comfortable and confident in your purchase!

4. When choosing the stone shape - do your research! 
The shape of the stone is quite important as it can dramatically alter and determine the finished look of the ring. Generally speaking, there are 12 main shapes when it comes to stones and diamonds in an engagement ring: Round, Radiant, Oval, Emerald, Princess, Pear, Trillion, Baguette, Heart, Cushion, Asscher, Marquise. 

5. Think about the basics: the ring metal
Deciding which metal to pick will link back to the choice of day-to-day jewellery your partner wears. Do they prefer silver, gold or a mix? The most common engagement ring metals include: Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold and Platinum.

“Engagement marks the end of a whirlwind romance and beginning of an eternal love story.” – Anonymous

Image and source credits: Pinterest, hitched, tatler, libertylondon, debeers, glamira, caratlondon, brilliantinc

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