If you have decided that it’s time to propose to your sweetheart or you’re trying to drop some hints to your boyfriend, we’re sure that you’ve been spending some time perusing engagement rings. There are, however, a few things you should know before making a purchase – these rings are, after all, quite an expensive investment and will be worn for many years.
Before heading to the jewellery store, you need to determine how much you want to spend. Don’t fall into the trap of spending 1 to 3 months salary – the reality is that the ‘right’ amount to spend is whatever you are comfortable with. You might be tempted to go overboard, but we’re sure that your girlfriend doesn’t want you to go into debt.
Ensure that you keep your significant other’s taste in mind. You might prefer yellow gold or be interested in trendy coloured diamonds, but this isn’t going to matter if your sweetheart has her heart set on a white gold white diamond. If you aren’t quite sure what she would like, try asking a few of her friends or even her mother or sister.
Keep in mind that not every engagement ring can be resized to suit the wearer. As resizing means cutting a sliver into the band and then either adding more metal or closing the gap, those with gems the whole way round or those with a tension setting cannot be resized. This is why it’s best to try getting the right size from the get go.
When evaluating the quality of a diamond, you need to consider the 4 Cs – cut, colour, clarity and carat. The cut is actually the most important quality, as it determines how much the stone will sparkle. Colour refers to its clearness, carat refers to the weight and clarity refers to how many imperfections the stone has (also known as inclusions).
There is actually a bevy of options when it comes to the metal for the band. Yellow gold is the most traditional, but white gold tends to be a far more versatile option (plus, it’s stronger). Rose gold is becoming a trendier option, whilst platinum is the hardest of our options and is also hypoallergenic (but it will cost you more).
We have only scraped the surface when it comes to all the things you need to know when buying an engagement ring – you also have to carefully consider the setting, whether you would like to give an heirloom or purchase new, and ensure that you have insured the ring. The good news is that your chosen jeweller will be able to help you navigate all the ins and outs of the buying process.