There's a lot to consider when purchasing an Engagement Ring for the partner of your dreams. To help you on your way, we've created the ultimate engagement ring guide with all the key things you'll want to consider when making your extra special purchase...
Whether you're choosing the engagement ring in secret or with your partner, this guide has all your queries covered.
Ultimate Engagement Ring Guide:
Find the perfect engagement ring in twenty steps!
1. Propose a Budget
There is much debate over how much you should spend on an engagement ring. However, this is entirely up to you. There are beautiful engagement rings available for all budgets. It's important to bear in mind that certain types of metal and precious stones can be expensive. But you still don't have to break the bank to get a quality engagement ring.
2. To surprise or not to surprise?
Is it better to surprise your partner or not? Some studies suggest that more women prefer to have a say in the choice of engagement ring. However, if you want to be traditional and romantic, there's no reason why you shouldn't surprise.
(If you chose not to surprise skip to part 5)
3. Get a second opinion from someone that knows your partner well!
Choose a confidant and keep them close. You might know your partner's tastes well, but a sibling, parent or life-long friend of your partner can offer a good second opinion.
4. Get to know your partner's style
Do they like traditional and elegant? Vintage and sparkly? Modern and alternative? Getting to know your partner's jewellery and fashion style will unlock the key to choosing the right ring.
5. Decide if you want to purchase a Bridal Set
A Bridal Set is a chance to buy the engagement and wedding ring together. Though this option is often better value for money, if you are planning a surprise proposal it's best to not get too carried away.
6. Stone-Set or Plain?
Rings tend to split into two main categories, stone-set and plain. While engagement rings traditionally feature diamonds or stones, this is not always the case.
(If you chose plain, skip to part 12)
7. Diamond, Gem or Cubic Zirconia?
If you know you want to purchase a stone-set ring, you'll need to decide on the type of stone. There are three main categories here: diamond, gem and cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia is a synthetic and cheaper alternative to diamond. However, it still offers the same great sparkle. You can also purchase rings featuring a variety of stones. You can have lots of fun exploring the many stone varieties we offer on our engagement rings.
8. Learn about diamonds and gems
Diamonds and gems are often an expensive purchase. We recommend reading a Diamond Guide to learn about the four c's: cut, clarity, colour and carat. These are the key industry factors that determine the quality of a diamond. It's also important to think about whether you want a certificate for your diamond.
9. Ring Style
There are many ring styles available. These include, solitaire, trilogy, shoulder set and Halo. The style usually refers to the way the stone or stones are arranged.
10. Shape or Cut
The shape of the diamond is an important consideration. This is also a good stage to think about the colour of the stone, if you haven't already chosen. The traditional shape and colour for an engagement ring is the round white diamond.
11. Stone Setting
This refers to how the stone or stones are set into the band, or shank. There are many varieties available including bead-set and Channel Set. This may not be the most important consideration when purchasing an engagement ring, but it does have an affect on the overall aesthetic of the ring.
12. Pick a metal for the band
The main types of metal for engagement rings include: Yellow Gold, White Gold, Rose Gold, Two-Tone and Platinum. You may want to choose the metal colour that is most appealing. But it's also worth doing a little research about the pros and cons for the different metal types, as well as your partner's preferred style. You will also want to consider what carat you want. The main varieties for gold are 9ct, 14ct and 18ct.
13. Ring Profile
The ring profile refers to the shape of the metal band. This may seem a minor part of the ring design, however it's important for the overall feel of the ring. Choose which looks most appealing and feels most comfortable.
14. Finishing touches/ Engraving (Optional)
Finishing touches and/or engraving are optional extras to add to an engagement ring. If you're feeling extra romantic, you can have your partner's name or the day you first met engraved on the band.
This is not recommended for surprise proposals - save the engraving for the wedding ring.
15. Ring size
Ring size varies from H - Z+. Use a Ring Size Guide to find out what size you need. If it's a surprise engagement ring, use a ring from your partner's jewellery box. You can also have ring size measured at a professional jewellers.
If you prefer, you can have the engagement ring sized after the proposal.
16. Visit a store for expert advice and to sample (Optional)
Find a store near you. Remember, you can visit a store or contact customer services at any stage of purchasing an engagement ring.
17. Make your decision
It’s scary, but if you’ve made it to this stage, it’s time to make a decision on which ring you want to buy. Enlist the aid of your trusted confidant if you need moral support.
Beyond the technicalities of choosing an engagement ring, it's important to think about the sentimental value. Does the ring feel like ‘the one’? Do you think it will bring your partner joy? Ask yourself why you have chosen that particular ring.
18. Research Your Finance Options
You may want to purchase your ring up front. However, if the ring you have chosen is at least £280 you may be eligible for personal finance options, including interest free credit. This can help spread the cost of your purchase. And no interest means no added cost.
19. Order the ring
Make sure you order in good time. With The Jewel Hut, Plain rings are usually delivered within 2 weeks while diamond set rings usually arrive within 3 weeks.
20. Time to Propose!
We wish you the best of luck!
We hope you found our engagement ring guide helpful. If we missed any of your queries, our friendly customer service team are on hand to help.
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