Perhaps a generation ago, choosing an engagement ring was a relatively straightforward task. The choices were simple, yellow gold or white gold and what cut you wanted the diamond to be. However, with more options available online and internet influences trying to sway our decisions, there is almost too much choice. It doesn’t have to be like that as the classic plain metal ring is now very much in vogue, but there are plenty of things that you should take into consideration.
Engagement rings are intended for life
While we have just stated that plain metal rings are in fashion, it is because they are a classic design. Your engagement ring should be worn for life, so what is fashionable now is rarely the trend in 20, 30 or even 50 years. Concentrating on what is fashionable today may be something you regret further down the line. Think about clothing or shoes, the classic designs, while not always the most popular, but never look dated and this is worth being one of your primary concerns.
Don’t focus too heavily on the quality of the stone
It is highly likely that you will select a diamond, as your stone of choice, should you elect on including a stone setting. We are always told that there are four key points when considering the rock, the carat, the colour, the cut and the clarity. The top-quality diamonds are expensive, so it is worth opting for something that you love, instead of one that ticks all the boxes when it comes to GIA grading. The ring is for you and your partner, and it is only the experts who will know that it is a D Flawless stone.
Does the size of the stone really matter?
The size of the stone is only important if you and your fiancé want it to be. Women often have small fingers, and a large stone can look out of place. Larger stones are easier to lose as the settings need to be more robust. For most people, a smaller rock with better clarity and colour with a cut that suits your style is more favourable to a larger diamond that may mean you have to make other sacrifices.
The origin of the stone
Knowing that your diamond has been ethically sourced is vital and knowing the back-story to your gem also adds to the romance. Try to select one that is unique and interesting with the origins and the mine also being easily traced. A quality jeweller will be able to advise you in this respect, and it can be a story that you and your partner reminisce about for years and decades to come.
You don’t have to select a traditional setting or cut, and often younger couples prefer something that is unique and reflects their tastes and feels special to them. It would be best if you were thinking of something that is “timeless” not fashionable or too boring. Take your partner’s personality into account, and it can form part of the story about why you choose that particular ring.
Discuss your ideas with the jeweller but don’t commit to them
If you want a custom design, discuss this with a reputable jeweller. Some ideas aren’t practical, and changes may need to be made. Don’t worry; you will still get the design that you want, just it may have some minor tweaks that will improve the result rather than compromise it. However, don’t commit to a ring, design or jeweller until you are 100% happy. The engagement ring should be something that you are delighted with forever, and if you have doubts at the start, they are only going to intensify over the years. The ring is for you and your fiancé to enjoy and cherish, no one else’s opinion is important.
Price isn’t everything
It is jewellers that encourage us to set a “rule of thumb” on how much you should spend on the ring. Ultimately, it is whether you like the design that is most important and whether you paid one month’s wages or two will have little consequence in the forthcoming years that you are married. Some women prefer smaller, more intricate designs, while others will opt for something far more elaborate. Choose the ring that is perfect for you and not one that matches an algorithm. Of course, you do want something that is of a sufficient standard, so spending $100 is unlikely to reach the desired quality.