Congratulations on this exciting milestone! Preparing to propose and choosing an engagement ring is a significant moment to cherish. However, it can also be an intimidating task, as an engagement ring is a signpost of life and a considerable financial investment. To help you find the perfect ring for you or your significant other, we prepare this comprehensive guide to assist you in making the right decision.
- Determine the Difference: Engagement Rings Vs. Wedding Rings
Before you dive into the world of engagement rings, it's essential to understand the differences between engagement rings and wedding rings. While engagement rings are given during the proposal, wedding rings are exchanged during the ceremony. Some couples choose to have both, while others may opt for a combination or even just one ring. Knowing your partner's preferences will guide you in the right direction.
- Discover the Perfect Shape
Diamonds come in various shapes or cuts, and each shape has a unique aesthetic; you are sure to find the perfect shape with Golston, as we thrive on the individual and unusual. The classic round cut tends to be the most expensive, while other shapes like pear and marquise are more budget-friendly for a larger carat size. However, there are far more options, ranging from classic to unique and rare diamond or gemstone cuts, such as hexagonal, kite, shield and many more. Do your research on different shapes and have one or two favourites in mind to allow your engagement ring designer to understand your taste and preferences before you start designing.
- Choose the Ideal Metal for the Band
Engagement rings are typically crafted from yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum. Each metal has its characteristics, so consider your partner's lifestyle and budget when choosing. You may also want to decide if you prefer stones set in the band to add something extra. Have a look at our 'Metal Matters' blog post for a more in-depth guide to choosing your ideal band metal.
- Set Your Carat Size Preferences
The age-old question of quality versus quantity often arises when it comes to diamonds. Some people prioritise a larger stone over its clarity or colour. In contrast, others prefer the utmost clarity despite the carat count. Discuss with your partner their stone size preferences, and try to have an ideal carat size in mind that fits your budget. Stay open-minded during the process, as trying on rings may lead to new preferences.
- Get Accurately Measured
Proper ring sizing is crucial to ensure the ring fits comfortably on your partner's finger. If you're shopping together, getting measured at a jewellery store can be a fun and straightforward experience. Alternatively, if you're keeping the proposal a surprise, discreetly find out your partner's ring size through their friends or family.
- Consider the Wedding Band Pairing
While the engagement ring symbolises the proposal, the wedding band symbolises the eternal commitment of marriage. Consider how the engagement ring will complement the wedding band to create a cohesive set. Some engagement rings may not allow a band to fit flush against them. However, you can explore bespoke options to design each band to perfectly complement each other and fit together.
- Always Opt for Certified Diamonds
Buying an engagement ring is a significant investment, so make sure you purchase a certified stone. Certified diamonds are evaluated and graded for quality, ensuring transparency and authenticity.
- Trust Your Instincts
Ultimately, selecting an engagement ring is a deeply personal decision. Trust your instincts, and don't hesitate to seek advice from your jewellery designer and your partner's close friends and family. They will be able to offer another point of view. Still, ultimately, your own decisions and instincts will help you create the perfect ring.
Designing an engagement ring is an exciting adventure that should be filled with love and joy. Take your time, do your research, and enjoy the process. When the moment comes to present the ring, your thoughtfulness and consideration will undoubtedly be at the forefront. Happy ring designing!