Consider your budget – So, how much should you spend on an engagement ring? Sure, we’ve all heard the ‘rule’ about allocating 2 or 3 monthly paychecks to splash out on the sparkler. The perfect ring needn’t follow this old-fashioned rule…it’s more about your partners style and the sentiment after all. That said, try to be mindful that this piece of jewellery will be worn and admired every day, so it’s no time for penny pinching either – this ring will be a permanent fixture on your partners finger.
Diamonds (or other gemstones) are forever – The quality of any diamond follows the 4 C’s…Carat, Cut, Colour and Clarity. To some people, having the largest rock on their finger will have the most importance. Others may value sparkle and prefer a smaller stone of a higher overall quality. Some may hold the shape as the most crucial element (Emerald Cut, Princess, Round, Radiant to name a few). Consider whether they would prefer diamonds, or do they have a favourite gemstone (or birthstone)? Again, ask the BFF or Mums for advice if you’re not sure.
A happy bunny – Equally as important, you’ll need to consider the quality and carat of their preferred precious metal. Gold comes in three different colours: Yellow, White and Red (Rose), which has become very popular over the last few years. Platinum is often preferred for durability. It’s the hardest and heaviest precious metal per gram and will stand the test of time (in a well-designed ring and properly looked after).
The Polished Pro – You’re now ready to splash your cash and your final decision is where to make your important purchase. There are a vast number of retailers to choose from. Shop around and don’t panic buy. Very few jewellers make rings from scratch these days. It’s a highly skilled craft and takes years of experience. Most jewellers use castings and offer mass produced jewellery. Contrary to some people’s perception, traditional handmade jewellery needn’t be more expensive than high street jewellery.