Engagement Ring Buying Guide

An engagement ring signifies a huge milestone in a relationship, so it's a purchase anyone taking that next step wants to get just perfect. Buying an engagement ring is about understanding the various components of the ring, what will match her tastes and what is the style that falls within your budget. However more and more couples are shopping for engagement rings together, it's still good to have an idea going in of what you're looking for and what you want to spend.

Ultimate Steps

Establish Your Budget

A First thing first before you step into research or jewellery store first establish your budget. It will surely help you to define the direction. Remember your budget will have huge impact on your decision during design selection process. The ring is supposed to be a symbol of your love, and what does it say about your love so don’t delay your proposal if you can’t find the perfect ring or simply just because of budget. Although your budget will decide metal selection and diamond size for your design.

Understand The Ring Styles

You want to pick a ring that fits your partners unique style and preferences. Getting a ring that your other half’s over the moon for will score you romance points that will last a lifetime. Engagement rings come in many styles and collections. Observe and research a bit to understand what type of ring might match her personality. If you already know her taste that’s great! Think about her personality; is she an outgoing girl who you know is going to want to show off her ring to everyone she meets? Then go for something big and sparkly. Is she an earthy woman, who doesn’t wear much jewelry at all? Then select classic simple and beautiful style.

While there are an unending variety of patterns, details and metal choices, there are five types of rings you are likely to encounter while buying an engagement ring from our designs:

Solitaire – A single stone. Still the most popular choice when it comes to buying engagement rings. The head secures the diamond. Prongs allow the diamond to catch the most light. A four-prong-setting shows more of the diamond, but a six-prong setting is often more secure. We have variety of unusual and fancy cut diamonds for the Solitaire settings. Solitaire is considered as a classic timeless and elegant style.

Halo – The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to add sparkle and the illusion of greater size. Popular with nearly all modern women, these rings look appealing on every hand type. Halo rings can range from simple to elaborate depending on the number of accent stones and their size.

Sidestone – Diamonds or other gemstones, support the main stone for additional sparkle or colour. Side Stone ring styles offer remarkable accents and a uniqueness to fit any personality and style. Side Stone engagement rings can occasionally require a little extra care and attention but certainly offer a magical brilliance and sparkle

Three Stone – One diamond for the past, one for the present, and one for the future. Typically, the center diamond is larger than the two side stones. The center stone and the largest of all, represents the present, while the other smaller sides stones symbolise the past and future.

Vintage – Taking design elements from the most influential eras of jewellery design — Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro—vintage engagement rings often feature intricate details.

When it comes to gemstones, sapphire , ruby and emerald are the top choices. Many choose to research both online and in-stores jeweller locations. While shopping at a jewelry store is the traditional route, shopping online gives you added benefits like more selection, lower prices and easy customisation options

Make It A Surprise

Give yourself a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show how thoughtful and romantic you are. Making the engagement ring a surprise will take some work, but it’s well worth the investment.

Imagine the look of surprise your girlfriend will have when

  1. 1) You propose to her,
  2. 2) The ring fits perfectly well
  3. 3) The ring you picked is exactly her dream ring design.

This is not to say that surprising her is the only way to go. However now a days some women will insist that they go along with you to pick out the ring so no more confusion in design and fit.

Find Out Her Ring Size

Know her ring size. It’s the starting point for buying an engagement ring. This is very important as when you get down on one knee and attempt to slide the ring on your lady’s finger, if it doesn’t fit and awkwardness ensues. But it’s best to avoid the cost and the potential embarrassment at proposing time by making sure the ring you pick is the right size.

If she wears rings, borrow one she already owns. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap for an impression. You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. A jeweller can use these measurements to identify her approximate ring size. If she doesn’t then best to first configure the ring size for the best bet.

Set A Proposal Date

Plan a head in other words have an understanding of approximately when you would actually like to propose. Having a date in mind will ensure that you give yourself enough time to research, select and shop without panicking. Just consider buying an engagement ring deserves similar planning and attention like any other life goals. This planing will prepare you for the well informed purchase without panicking.

Select The Jeweller

Once you have an idea of what you may be looking for after doing a bit of research, it is important to make a decision about jeweller.

Make sure you run this checklist through your head every time you visit a shop:

- Do the staff evidently possess a sound gemological knowledge?

- Does the store have a long-standing and solid local reputation?

- Is the shop willing to sell you diamonds with a well-known gemological certificate (GIA, IGI etc) ? If so, make sure you keep the original rather than a copy.

- Is the shop a member of a trade association? If so, which one?

- Will the shop present a detailed receipt with your purchase? This is key to any possible insurance claim or future repair

Any reputable jeweller will offer you GIA or IGI certified diamonds, pure precious metals, appraisals, a return and lifetime warranty policy. If a retailer (Online or High Street Store)makes these clear upfront, you can be sure that your purchase is secure. If they do not, don't hesitate to ask. It's important to have peace of mind before making this purchase.

Order The Ring

Once you have select the design and finalise the jeweller now its time to make a decision. It’s always good to have second opinion on your selection so if you're comfortable ask a close family member or friend for their advice to ensure that the purchase you're making is the correct one. However If you truly want to keep it a surprise then by all means complete the purchase yourself. Also note that if you feel comfortable, shop with your significant other. Like all other important decisions in life it helps to know what your significant other thinks.

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