How to buy an engagement ring
With Valentine’s day one of the most popular times to propose marriage, I thought I’d get my friend Orit Adiri-Niemogha of H&D Diamonds to offer some top tips on how to buy an engagement ring. Orit is a professional diamond grader who has worked for many years in the diamond trade: she now heads H&D diamonds who offer custom made and bespoke diamond jewellery.
Buying an engagement ring: how to choose the right one
Jewellery is a very personal thing. And the safest way of ensuring you are buying an engagement ring your partner will like is to take them with you!
However, if you are set on the idea of handing over a ring in a box when you propose you could be well advised to use a ‘Promise Ring’ as this shows you are considering your partner’s choice when it comes to selecting the actual engagement ring (which, lets face it we intend them to have for the rest of their lives).
If you are set on going for the big one first time, hopefully your partner has taken you window shopping and been pointing out the sort of engagement rings they like. Or it may be they have a Pinterest board of cool stuff you can raid for inspiration. Either way, it’s worth making sure you get one they love. And this takes us on to the next bit.
Buying an engagement ring: choosing the metal
Most people who wear jewellery will either suit silver or gold – skin tone makes the difference here, so if your partner doesn’t have gold jewellery you might want to consider platinum or white gold for the band. On some skin, gold doesn’t look right. And this leads us to the stone: over to you Orit:
How To Choose A Diamond Engagement Ring
If you are considering buying an engagement ring then learning a bit about diamonds can help you make a sound purchase. Diamonds have for a long time been associated with engagement rings and for good reason. Diamond is the hardest gemstone known, and asides from looking beautiful, it will always be there to symbolise the strength of your relationship and the love you share with one another.
Buying an engagement ring: So how can you choose a diamond ring?
As Alex has written above, when buying an engagement ring, you should think not only at what you like but also what you think your partner would like. Have a look at other jewellery they have and see if there is any hint to help you choose. You can also browse together at celebrities rings in a magazine and make comments together on which one you like or dislike. An important consideration is to decide on the cut (or shape) of the diamond that will be the centre-piece of the ring.
As the image above shows, there are a variety of shapes of diamond available (if you click on the image you can visit my website to find out more about each type). Having identified the cut of the diamond there are some more things to think about. Once you have a general idea of the look of the ring get into the smaller details and think about the style of ring you want. Will it be a solitaire or would you rather have a multi stone ring? Would you consider a cluster ring? Take time to browse shops together to understand what you both like.
Buying Diamonds: the four C’s
There are four things to look for in a diamond: Colour; Clarity; Carat and Cut. A diamond is forever so doing a little research on what to look for can help you make a wise choice. The most obvious quality to note in a diamond is for it to be bright in colour and have a ‘life’ or the sparkle we all associate when we think of a diamond. If you choose for a solitaire and not sure on how you should judge the diamond you buy you can pay a little extra for a ‘certified diamond’.
Certified diamonds are diamonds that have been graded in a laboratory and been given a certificate stating all the information about that diamond. You can compare it to a passport or identity card of that specific diamond. The reason people choose to buy a certified diamond is as a reassurance that they know what they get.
If you or your partner prefer to have colour in the ring you can have a mixture of diamonds and semi precious stone on a ring. This will substantially reduce the total cost of the ring.
Buying an Engagement Ring: Bespoke and custom options
But what if you already have a really good idea about the ring you want but so far haven’t seen it anywhere? It could be a combination of several rings all combined with one, as often happens. In that case, you might want to consider a bespoke ring. Buying a bespoke ring means you can have something very personal and unique to you as a couple. If you are not sure and feel you can benefit from a free consultation with a diamond expert please contact us on 0845 600 5557.
To find out more about diamonds click on the image below:
H&D Diamonds is an online diamond jewellery shop that offers bespoke services by a Bond Street jeweller. Based in the North West but operates all over the UK.