Buying an engagement ring is likely to be one of the most important purchases in your life. It can be difficult to know where to start at times, as there are so many different options. We have simplified the process into three steps to help you make the perfect choice for your loved one.
Find Out The Right Size
The first step in buying the perfect engagement ring is to find the right size. You can get engagement rings altered, however it is best to try and get the size right the first time! The best way to do this is to discreetly borrow a ring from their jewellery collection. Take the ring to a jeweller and they will be able to tell you the ring size.
You could also ask a close friend or family member if they know, however the more people that know, the less likely it is that you will be able to pull off the surprise. Factor into your budget potential resizing costs just in case, as it isn’t the end of the world if it needs to be changed slightly to be perfect. A high quality resizing will cost around $80, which is reasonable considering how much engagement rings are worth.
Choose Modern or Vintage
Your next decision will be whether to go for a modern or vintage engagement ring. Vintage engagement rings are typically far more unique and full of character, so make a fantastic choice if you want something really personal for your loved one. Additionally, as vintage engagement rings would have been purchased before, you will save 20% compared to a modern equivalent, as they are VAT exempt.
Modern engagement rings tend to look more polished, as they are brand new. Also, the styles are more contemporary, so they make a good choice for people with a modern jewellery taste. The downside of modern jewellery is that often the gemstones are created in laboratories, so the stones aren’t as authentic.
To summarise, vintage engagement rings tend to have more character, yet modern rings are more polished and easier to care for!
Select A Gemstone and Metal
The next step is to select your gemstone. The most popular choices for engagement rings are diamonds, emeralds, sapphires or rubies, as they are the four categories of precious stones. They are also very durable, making them ideal for everyday wear.
If you are unsure what direction to go in, it is safest to choose the diamond. The neutral colour will ensure that the ring goes with every outfit and it is the most popular choice, so it is hard to go wrong. For something with more character, choose a colourful ring. The deep blue sapphires, bright green emeralds or striking red sapphires are stunning, so if you feel confident that you know your partners taste well, this is a fantastic option. If you select a vintage jewellery ring, you can find some beautiful and unique gemstones that are hard to find in modern jewellery.
Finally, select a metal. The most common and durable choices are silver and gold, so take a look at their current jewellery collection and make an informed decision. Think about what they usually wear and have a chat with your jeweller as they are there to help!
Overall, just think about what you can picture your loved one wearing for the rest of their lives. Go to a certified jeweller and they will be more than happy to help you with your choice. If you give them some information about their style and interests, they can help you make the best decision!