The hardest part is over – you’ve found the love of your life. Now is the time to find the perfect engagement ring and plan a beautiful proposal. Traditionally speaking, it is the groom who picks out the engagement ring. However, with the introduction of Pinterest and Instagram, it is becoming increasingly popular for the bride-to-be to select her own ring, or at least give the groom a helping hint (or two!). Whether it be the groom or the bride-to-be who selects the engagement ring, here are some tips to help you choose your perfect ring.
Setting a Budget
The first thing you should do before you even start to look at rings is work out what you want (and can afford) to pay for your engagement ring. If you begin to look at rings out of your budget, you may find yourself falling in love with a ring that you cannot afford. This means you may end up falling in love with a ring that isn’t ‘the one’.
The traditional guideline on what to spend on your engagement ring is three months’ salary, but it is ultimately your decision guided by what you are comfortable spending.
Choosing your Stone
Once you have worked out how much you are wanting to spend, it is time to decide on a centre stone. Traditionally, a diamond is the stone of choice, however it is becoming increasingly popular for couples to choose a coloured centre stone such as a Sapphire, Tourmaline, or Ruby (view our Love in Colour Collection for some inspiration!).
Whether you decide on a Diamond or coloured gem centre stone, it is important to discuss with your jeweller what to look for in regards to colour variations, inclusions, the cut of the stone and the size of the stone. Each of these will influence the cost of your engagement ring.
Narrow down the shapes
The most popular centre stone shape is the round brilliant cut, followed by the princess cut. For the more traditional brides, a round brilliant cut will be the preferred choice. If her style is more contemporary, she may prefer a pear, cushion or marquise cut. For the bride who may want something more unique, an Emerald or Asscher Cut is the way to go.
Choosing the Design
Once you have decided on your centre stone, you will need to decide on the design of your ring. The best way to do this is by visiting your jeweller and trying on a variety of styles to see what suits your personality. This ring is going to be on your finger for the rest of your life, so you want it to be ‘you’.
This is also where most people begin to feel overwhelmed by so many different designs. So, let’s take a look at the most common styles...
The Solitaire is the ‘Classic’ engagement ring. It features a single centre stone in a simple band. This design is perfect for the more traditional bride.
The halo design ring is becoming increasingly popular for modern brides. It will include at least one row of small stones around the centre stone, often designed to make the centre stone look larger. This design is very stylish and perfect for the bride who wants some extra sparkle.
This design incorporates three stones, with a slightly larger centre stone and two marginally smaller stones on either side. This design is perfect for the bride who is bold and likes to make a statement.
This option allows you to bring your dream ring to reality. Having the ability to create something that is unique to you as a couple is the perfect way to showcase your love.
(Tip: If you go down the custom design route, ensure that your jeweller is well equipped and experienced in handmade jewellery to ensure you create a ring that will last a life-time.)
Choosing your Setting
Your last deciding factor is what setting design you like and metals you want used. The most popular choice is 18ct Gold, available in Yellow Gold, White Gold, and Rose Gold. Platinum is also becoming increasingly popular, but is more expensive.
Think about how the metals will look with your skin tone and with the colour of your stone.
Having a ring that can be handed down for generations is something very special, and can be done by choosing a ring that is perfectly hand-crafted.