If you are reading this post, congratulations on your upcoming engagement! You are about to embark on one of the most exciting and memorable journeys of your life. However, before you get down on one knee and pop the question, there is one important step that you need to take care of first – choosing the perfect engagement ring.
We understand that this can be a daunting task, especially for those who have no prior experience with jewellery. Not to worry, as we have prepared a step-by-step guide to help you pick the perfect engagement ring that your partner will absolutely adore.
Step 1: Set A Budget
The first step in selecting the perfect engagement ring is to set a budget. Engagement rings can vary in price, and it's important to determine what you can afford before you start shopping. The traditional rule of thumb for engagement rings is that you should spend two to three months' salary. However, this is just a guideline, and you should set a budget that you are comfortable with.
There are plenty of surveys that you can check out to help guide your way in this regard. At the end of it all, it is your money after all!
Step 2: Choose The Diamond Shape
The next step is to choose the diamond shape. The most popular diamond shape is the round brilliant, but there are several other shapes to choose from, including princess, emerald, cushion, and oval.
Each diamond shape has its unique characteristics, and you should choose a shape that suits your partner's style and personality. You may want to browse some jewellery websites or visit our jewellery boutique to get a sense of what's available.
Step 3: Consider The Four Cs of Engagement Rings
Once you have chosen the diamond shape, you need to consider the four Cs – cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. The cut of a diamond refers to how well it is proportioned and how well it reflects & refracts light. The colour of a diamond is graded on a scale from D (colourless) to Z (very yellow). The clarity of a diamond refers to the presence of any inclusions or blemishes (this is where you hear people speak of "VVS"). And finally, carat weight refers to the weight of the diamond. This is not to be confused with the size of the diamond, as those dimensions can be different (and something you should ask a jeweller about).
Each of the four Cs plays a crucial role in the overall beauty and value of the diamond. You should aim to strike a balance between the four Cs based on your budget and your partner's preferences. For example, if your partner prefers a larger diamond, you may need to sacrifice some clarity or colour to stay within your budget.
Step 4: Choose The Setting
The setting of the engagement ring is another important consideration. The setting refers to how the diamond is mounted on the ring. There are several different types of settings, including prong, bezel, and pavé. The setting you choose will depend on your partner's preferences and lifestyle.
For example, if your partner is very active or works with their hands, you may want to choose a low-profile setting that sits flush with the shank. On the other hand, if your partner loves sparkle and glamour, you may want to choose a setting that features pave diamonds on the band.
Regardless of setting, we would suggest leaving some space for the wedding band to fit flush against the engagement ring. Be sure to check with your partner about this, as everyone's preferences are different!
Step 5: Think About Your Partner's Style
Last but not least, you should consider your partner's style when choosing an engagement ring. Does your partner prefer classic and timeless designs, or do they gravitate towards more modern and trendy styles? Do they prefer yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold? Are they concious about your budget? Or maybe they want to be a little more environmentally friendly and choose a lab diamond? These are all important considerations that will help you choose an engagement ring that your partner will love and cherish for years to come.
Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be a challenging and overwhelming process, but by following these five steps, you can make the process easier and more enjoyable. Remember to set a budget, choose the diamond shape, consider the four Cs, select the setting, and think about your partner's style. And most importantly, enjoy the journey of creating the perfect engagement ring for your partner!