Buying an engagement ring can be exciting for a guy but can also be terrifying – what if she doesn’t like it? What if it looks wrong when she wears it? Picking the perfect engagement ring is a matter of doing a little research beforehand to ensure that she loves the ring you pick as much as she loves you.
The Right Ring
Firstly thing to consider is the style and what kind of jewellery she normally chooses. Sneak a look in her jewellery box for some inspiration and look at the kind of clothes she wears Is she quite traditional and classic in her styling? If so, then a solitaire ring may be ideal. This is a ring with a single stone in a nice setting that will work with almost any look. It may be she likes a certain time period and therefore vintage style engagement rings may be perfect. Or she may be a little unusual in her tastes and therefore consider a bespoke piece of jewellery that perfectly sums her up.
Has your future bride lost a dear loved one such as a parent or grandparent? A unique and sentimental option available includes creating a one-of-a-kind ring using cremation diamonds. This ring will be a way to memorialize and honor something precious to you both.
Getting the right size is another crucial factor because it spoils the moment if you slide the ring on her finger and it gets stuck halfway down or falls off. Take a ring that she wears most often on the finger nearest the ring finger and use a ring measure to size it. You can then tell this to the jeweller who will be able to advise you on what the size would be for the engagement ring.
The classic engagement ring stone is the diamond but not everyone likes the colourless stone. Some like combinations such as sapphire and diamond engagement rings that use the deep blue stone alongside the diamond, while others favour rubies or emeralds. These three are all classed as precious stones with diamond but do come in differing quality and shades.
If you opt for a diamond only ring, particularly a solitaire, then there are four characteristics that define the quality of the stone. Carat is the one mentioned the most and this is the special measurement used to measure stones. A carat is divided into 100 smaller units called point so 75 points is three-quarters of a carat.
The other three factors are cut, colour and clarity. The cut is how many facets have been cut into the stone to make it sparkle and give it what is known as its fire. The cut also dictates the shape of the diamond with round cut being the most popular but other common ones including the pear, emerald, marquise, princess, oval and even heart shaped. Colour is confusing with a colourless stone but refers to any subtle shades that can be seen in the stone. Clarity is the other standard and refers to any inclusions in the stone. These are the natural markings within the stone that aren’t really visible to the naked eye so this standard is the least relevant when shopping.
Unless your girlfriend has pointed to a ring in a window, you are always slightly guessing when buying an engagement ring. But by doing a little research and observation you can vastly increase the chance that the ‘yes’ comes with an instant ‘I love it!’