If you’re lucky enough to have found the woman of your dreams and are ready to take the next big step by proposing to your girlfriend, continue reading to discover our foolproof, step by step guide to purchasing the perfect engagement ring!
A man’s guide to buying an engagement ring: Do your research in advance:
1. Find out your girlfriend’s ring size
Avoid guesswork by borrowing one of your girlfriend’s rings. Be sure to take a ring, that she rarely wears, not a ring her mother gave her that she wears every day and is likely to miss.
2. Find out your girlfriend’s jewellery preferences
Start taking notice of your girlfriend’s favorite jewellery pieces to see whether she prefers traditional gold or whether she tends to wear rose gold jewellery or white gold jewellery. By taking an interest in the pieces your girlfriend wears on a day to day basis you may also be able to ascertain whether she prefers subtle pieces or bold statement pieces. Also try to figure out whether your future fiancé prefers more modern pieces or vintage pieces.
Be sure to purchase a ring that boasts a high quality diamond: When shopping for a high quality diamond it’s crucial to remember the four key c words cut, clarity, color and carat.
A diamond which has been expertly cut will reflect light better than your average diamond. Before purchasing a diamond ring, it’s also wise to decide which cut of diamond your girlfriend would prefer. Popular options include princess cut diamonds, which are square in shape as well as emerald, oval and marquise style diamonds.
Clarity refers to how clear a diamond is. Many diamonds feature imperfections which aren’t visible to the naked eye and can only be seen with a microscope, whilst other diamonds have visible imperfections such as fractures or spots.
Each diamond is given a clarity grading which can range from IF, which is given to a flawless diamond to I3, which is given to a diamond with multiple imperfections. If you’re looking for a mid range diamond you’ll be best off looking for a SI1 or an SI2 diamond, which will sparkle but won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
All diamonds are given a color rating which ranges from D, E and F, which are virtually colorless to X, Y and Z, which will be yellow in color. Again, diamonds which have a higher rating such as D, E and F rated diamonds will retail for a higher price than diamonds which are graded lower on the spectrum.
The term carat refers to the weight of a diamond, with the larger a number attributed to a diamond, the heavier the diamond will be. The average engagement ring will boast a diamond which is just over one carat. If your budget allows you, you may want to consider splashing out on an engagement ring which boasts a stunning two carat diamond.
Don’t forget to consider the different settings which are on offer: Whilst it’s important to choose a high quality diamond, that your future fiancé will cherish it’s also worth putting thought into the setting, which your girlfriend would prefer. Examples of which include a solitaire, an eternity band and a pave setting.
A solitaire features a large single diamond and is a classic design, which will always be in fashion.
2. Eternity band
An eternity band boasts a myriad of diamonds which go all the way around a ring.
3. Pave setting
A Pave setting features a cluster of diamonds, often smaller in size.
Sometimes a Pave ring will feature a large diamond which is surrounded by a cluster of smaller diamonds. If your girlfriend is a fan of bold statement jewellery, she may favor a pave setting. If none of the above settings suits your beloved, you may be interested in a channel setting or a bezel setting. When you’ve found “the one”, make sure to get it insured:
Once you’re certain that you’ve found the perfect engagement ring, which your beloved will wear for the rest of her life, it’s well worth insuring because an engagement ring is a significant investment.
So now you know how to go about selecting the perfect engagement ring, it’s time to start browsing as the more engagement rings you look at, the more likely you are to come across “the one”.