How to buy an Engagement Ring

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You have found the women you adore and want to spend the rest of your life with her. Choosing a ring is daunting and you want to be knowledgeable to be confident in your decision.

Firstly, establish your budget.

This is personal, no rules and only you will know how much you are comfortable to budget on an engagement ring. Once you have done this you can move forward in finding the perfect ring without going broke or living on bread and butter for the next few months.

Figuring out her style.

Choose a ring that suits her style and not yours! After all she will be wearing this every day for the rest of her life. Is she modern, romantic or classic? What does she like to wear? Does she wear gold, or does she prefer platinum or silver. Is it simple elegance or glitzy glamour that appeals to her?

Start by looking at the jewellery she wears. Have you noticed what ring style captures her attention when you pass a jewellery store. Enlist the help of her best friend or family.

How to get the correct ring size?

All the time and effort could be spoilt with one small fact, you got the size wrong. Apart from the awkward situation, you then must take the ring back to the jeweller to have it resized.

The best way to do this is sneak one of her rings out of her jewellery box to be measured at a jeweller. Just make sure it is not the one that she often wears. Alternatively trace the inner circle of the ring on a piece of paper or press into a bar of soap to make an imprint.

Choose your ring’s precious metal.

There are several metals to choose from; yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. You could even have a mix of the different metals.

  • Yellow Gold has a radiant hue and is durable for everyday wear. It is however not as durable as platinum and may have to be re-shanked a couple of decades later. It is more affordable than platinum.
  • Platinum is sought after for its silver lustre and durability. As well as being hypoallergenic. It requires little maintenance and does not tarnish; however, it is the most expensive of the precious metals.
  • White Gold has a similar appearance to platinum and is more affordable. However, it needs to be re-plated with some regularity and may cost more over time.
  • Rose Gold has a beautiful lustrous blush pink tone and due to the alloy of gold and copper it is durable and does not require extra maintenance. It also is much more affordable than platinum and has the same price tag as yellow gold.

How to choose your diamond?

Know the four C’s

Cut is the most important and one should not settle for less. Get the best you can afford. Investing in an excellent cut defines how well the diamond will sparkle in the light, maximizing the radiant beauty of the diamond.

Colour does not determine the quality, but rather the rareness of the diamond. Staring at D, which is colourless through to Z, which is light yellow. Colourless are the rarest and most expensive diamonds. Most people prefer a white diamond and the most common colour grade ranges from F to H.

Clarity has the least impact on the diamond’s appearance. This refers to how many inclusions (tiny imperfections) a stone contains and are only visible under a magnifying glass. Inclusions are naturally found in almost every diamond. Best value is Sl1 or Sl2.

Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. The higher the carat, the more it will cost and the bigger it will look. There are several ways to enhance the appearance of the diamond and an established jeweller can do this for you.

The shape of the diamond.

  Roundround cut diamond shape
  • Most popular
  • Most sparkle
  Princessprincess cut diamond shape
  • Second most popular
  • Feminine
  • Modern
  • Sparkly
  • Lower price than round
  Marquise, Pear & Ovalmarquise cut diamond shapepear cut diamond shape oval cut diamond shape
  • Second most sparkle
  • Generally more carats
  Cushion, Emerald, Asscher & Radiantcusion cut diamond shape emerald cut diamond shapeAsscher cut diamond shape
  • Good for vintage styles

The setting.

A ring’s setting determines how the centre diamond is mounted, both protecting and highlighting the beauty of the diamond. Choosing a setting for an engagement ring is as important as selecting a diamond.

  1. Prong setting is timeless and classic. These are metal claws that hold the diamond tightly in place. Prongs holding one diamond in place is often referred to solitaire. Think Tiffany.
  2. Bezel setting is where a thin metal strip surrounds the diamond is. This method protects the diamond better than all the other types of settings.
  3. Halo is where smaller diamonds surround the centre stone. This can add more sparkle and the centre stone is made to look larger.

Get expert advice from an experienced jeweller you can trust.

Certified and with more than 50 years’ experience, Martin Gear Jewellers have the expertise to guide you through one of the most important occasions in your life. We have been designing distinctive diamond jewellery of the highest quality at the best price. Come by our boutique on 5 Mary street, or contact us should you want advice on purchasing an engagement ring.

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Buying an engagement ring may be daunting and, in this guide, we will explain the most important things to look out for when deciding which ring is the right one.
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