How To Thursday - Choosing An Engagement Ring

Posted by Darren Dunne on May 15, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.

This week is Choosing Your Engagement Ring.

Traditionally, a man gets down on one knee, ring in hand, and proposes. Today, many forward-thinking women have been known to propose, and often, couples jointly decide to become husband and wife. But, where proposals occur, rings are needed, and it pays to know a few things about rings first.

  1. Set a Budget - Have a sense of what you can afford before you visit any jewellers. Don’t visit jewellers without a price in mind - you will inevitably find a ring you absolutely love but just can’t afford. Save yourself disappointment by letting your jeweller know your price range and they will be able to show you a selection of rings that are best suited to your budget.

  1. Use a Trusted Jeweller - Use recommendations to find a jeweller you know to be honest and fair. Expensive doesn't necessarily mean ideal, so look for a store that makes you feel comfortable, where the staff are pleasant and helpful, and where the advice they provide appeals to you. Be sure to look for somewhere that fits within your budget range, as to avoid the inevitable disappointment at finding something that would be "just perfect if it didn't cost so much".

  1. Select a Cut - Diamonds tend to be the traditional engagement ring choice, because they are enduring, and match everything. Only buy a different gemstone if you know that your girlfriend prefers it to diamonds or has expressed her dislike of diamonds. There are different ways to cut a diamond and the type of cut impacts the sparkle of the diamond. The cut that produces the most sparkle is the round (or brilliant) cut, while radiant and princess cuts are good at hiding flaws. Other cuts include square, emerald, pear, marquise, cushion and heart-shaped.

  1. Practicality - If your girlfriend loves the outdoors, consider a ring that is able to cope with the wear and tear of activities. The higher the positioning of the gemstone on the ring, the easier it is for it to get caught on clothes, gear, or hair, and the greater likelihood that it'll get damaged. It might be a good idea to look for a lower gemstone setting for an active girl, and a higher setting for a glamorous fashionista.

  2. Durability - Durability of the band is important, as constant rubbing and knocking from daily activities will eventually wear down the band. If your budget allows it, platinum is the preferred choice for wedding bands as it is more durable than gold. Titanium and steel are also quite resistant, while the purer the gold, the softer it is and more prone to wear and damage.

  1. Know The Lingo - Be familiar with the terms that you'll hear while shopping for a ring. Giving the impression that you know what you're looking for will increase your confidence and help you to ward off any disreputable ring sellers. Words you should know include “band”, “setting”, “gemstone”, and of course The 4 C’s of diamonds - cut, clarity, colour, and carat. For more information on the 4 C's, click here.

  1. Finally, perhaps look for a unique or unusual ring. An engagement ring is no ordinary ring; it’s the ring your partner will treasure and wear most days for the rest of your life together. They will appreciate the thought and effort you put into finding a distinctive and special piece of jewellery.

That’s this weeks How to Thursday, hope you enjoyed it and make sure to check back every week more advice for your big day.

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