How to choose an engagement ring
Your engagement ring is a symbol of your love that you will wear for a lifetime and will be your most important and valued possession.
Due to the significance of the message an engagement ring conveys, choosing the right ring requires deep thought and time investment from its buyers. An engagement ring signifies that “you are mine forever” and of course the culmination of a lifetime of dreaming by every girl. A precious sentiment and dream require an equally precious diamond engagement ring.
When choosing a custom engagement ring, we recommend that you consider the following:
Establish your budget: the first important decision to make before you go down the path of purchasing an engagement ring is to determine the budget that you are comfortable with. What’s right for you and your partner does not have to follow the old wife’s tale that the ring should cost a three-month’s salary or that you must follow your culture’s recommendations. Your budget should be based on what is realistic and feasible for you.
What is her ring size: it is critical to know her ring size to begin your engagement ring journey; it will just take a little hard work to find your answer. You could ask one of her close girlfriends to assist you with finding out her ring size or you could borrow a ring from her jewellery box without her knowledge, just make sure it is the ring finger! If the ring size is slightly largely or a little too small then in most cases we can resize it, free of charge.
Choose a gemstone: diamond engagement rings are always the most popular choice; however, if you know your partner well and think that they would appreciate an alternative, you can also consider other precious gemstones such as sapphire and ruby.
Choose a metal: another important consideration is the decision between gold, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum and silver. Distinguishing your partner’s taste of metal is essential; if you aren’t sure, you could either check her existing jewellery, ask her close friends or, if you’re game, try to find out from her in an indiscrete way.
Choose a ring style/setting: choosing a ring style or setting can be a daunting task if you don’t know your partner’s preference as there are so many to choose from. Options include contemporary styles like solitaire, three stone settings, solitaire with side accents, halo settings, pave settings, bezel settings, channel settings, swirl and more. She may even like something more vintage inspired. We recommend learning more about her personal style and jewellery preferences.
Understanding the 4C’s: like most, you are likely to select a diamond engagement ring. The next step is to understand the 4C’s: cut, carat, colour and clarity.
The most important of the 4C’s is the cut as it will determine how well the diamond reflects light. The scale of cut grade ranges from excellent to poor. Choosing the cut will lead to your choice of the shape of the diamond. Shapes include round brilliant, emerald, oval, princess, pear, radiant, marquise, heart, cushion, asscher and more. The most popular choice is the round brilliant cut with the oval and emerald cut gaining popularity recently. The next of the 4C’s is the carat, meaning the diamond’s weight. The higher the carat or weight, the more expensive the diamond. Then, the colour of the diamond ranges from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). And lastly, clarity is the existence or non-existence of flaws or imperfections, either internal or external to the diamond.
An engagement ring both requires and deserves research and consideration due to its symbolism of love and commitment. With all of these choices and decisions to make, it can be challenging to select the perfect diamond for your special someone.
We understand that this process can be overwhelming so we will assist and guide you to create a beautiful custom engagement ring in Melbourne that your fiancé will love and appreciate. Feel free to contact us if you would like to inspect various diamonds in your price range and Steve will happily sit down with you and explain the differences getting you the most value for the best price.