There are still a lot of men out there who prefer the traditional approach of a surprise proposal with a ring that they’ve picked out. But what happens when you walk into the store and they all look the same? To help you navigate the process a little easier, we have compiled this ultimate guide that outlines everything you need to know when buying a diamond engagement ring.
- Think about her personal style and other jewellery she wears
Is she modern, traditional, minimalist or something else? Is she bubbly and outgoing, happy and eager to show off her new rock, or is she more low key and natural, someone who doesn’t wear much jewellery? What colour jewellery does she normally wear? The style of the ring you choose should match your sweetheart’s personal style.
- Try to work out her ring size
There are a few ways to do this – put one of her rings on your own finger and mark where it sits (your jeweller can work it out from here), print out a size chart and match one of her rings to it, borrow one to take to the jeweller with you, or manufacture a jewellery conversation and outright ask her. Always remember that the piece can be resized.
- Determine what sort of budget you’re working with
There are many myths out there about how much you should spend on a diamond engagement ring, but the best advice is to spend what you’re comfortable with. Bear in mind that this is one of the most special purchases you’re going to make, so quality should be the ultimate goal – but it doesn’t mean that you should go into debt for it.
- What should you know about diamonds?
Do some research into the 4 C’s. Cut refers to the angles and proportions of the stone that give it its sparkle. Clarity refers to the presence of inclusions or imperfections in the stone (the fewer there are, the more expensive the stone is). Carat refers to the weight of the stone. And colour refers to the amount of yellow in the stone.
- Other considerations to make
It is a good idea to insure the ring from the moment you purchase it and it’s in your possession – just in case. Contact your home insurer for details, or ask your jeweller for advice. Ensure that you keep it safe if you’re waiting for the perfect time to propose. We cannot more highly recommend a safety deposit box over your sock drawer.
If you are planning to propose sometime in the near future and want to go the traditional route of it being a surprise, we hope that this guide has been beneficial in choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring. Don’t worry if you still have questions about the buying process! We strongly recommend speaking with someone who’s purchased a ring previously and your jeweller.