Looking for a guide to the ideal engagement ring choice? Even if you know your future spouse inside and out, you might still be worried that you’re going to present them with a ring that isn’t quite what they had in mind. To make sure your proposal is flawless, read about finding the perfect engagement ring, including stone, band, colour, and design.
Stone options, which is best?
Are modern clothes and interior design choices the styles that your partner loves? Keep this in mind, as it will influence your ring choice.
When it comes to the stone, colour is important. Some people love colour, while others might enjoy the luxurious purity of a clear diamond. For example, if your future wife or husband keeps on talking about sapphire rings, go for a sapphire cluster ring. Although many think traditions should be adhered to when it comes to weddings, there’s no reason not to go for a bold colour or quirky design, if that is what your partner likes. The only thing to bear in mind is that some stones are softer than others, so will need some extra care. Diamonds, however, are the most hardwearing gemstones, with a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale!
Are diamonds the best option?
Diamond rings are immortalised in film and literature, have you considered this choice? An engagement ring is going to be worn daily, and a diamond solitaire ring is a perfect, durable accessory that also complements any outfit! Needless to say, a diamond ring won’t go out of fashion.
The band can make or break the ring
The shade of the band will also make a big difference in how well the engagement ring you choose is received. White gold and platinum seem to be the most popular options, with platinum having the added advantage of being more hardwearing. Have a look at your partner’s jewellery box, do they have more yellow gold jewellery or more white gold pieces?
Selecting the best diamond
Diamond choosing is no easy feat. However, we’ve broken the lesson down into four important chunks to help you learn what you need to bear in mind when diamond shopping…
How clear and shiny is the diamond? This is its clarity rating. A diamond’s clarity is determined by the size, number and location of ‘damages’ (called ‘natural inclusions’ in the industry) when viewed under 10x magnification. The range varies from an IF, internally flawless indicating no inclusions at all, to SII3, which will be an included stone. Any stone higher than an SI2 (slightly included) will show a good brilliance and the inclusions will not be seen with a naked eye.
Did you know about the variety of colour you can choose from for your diamond? Despite the choice, the most popular diamonds are white, with a colourless stone being the highest grade. Diamonds are graded from a D colour (colourless) to a Z (light yellow). Generally, anything higher than an I colour can be considered a very high colour grade with a nice white hue.
Cut of the diamond
This square cut diamond has become very popular since the year 2000. Featuring a high crown and large facets, the Asscher cut diamond is renowned for its level of shine and sparkle.
Modern brilliant round:
Could this be the most popular style? Some think so. A solitaire, modern brilliant round ring does not necessarily have to be a single stone, it can be embellished on the shoulders or can be arranged around the main gemstone in a halo-like design.
Old European round:
Looking similar to the modern brilliant round design, the old European round diamond will not be as “neat and polished” as a modern one, but it will have a distinctive, classic and antique design that many people adore. Does your partner adore antique silverware and similar old-fashioned items? They may love this design, then. AS well as a beautiful aesthetic, such gemstones represent better value for money.
Transitional modern brilliant round:
The ideal unison of vintage and modern. Transitional modern brilliant round cut diamonds were typically cut during the 1930s and 1960s, and these stones are often very similar to modern brilliant round cut designs.
Either square or rectangle, this cut must have pointed corners, regardless of shape. Overall, the princess diamond is considered the most popular non-round diamond cut.
If you opt for an emerald cut diamond, you get a stone with tapered corners which is also square or oblong in shape. The pavilion (underside) of a princess cut diamond has a faceted cut, which helps create an elegant appeal that many soon-to-be spouses love.
Weight is also important when it comes to selecting an engagement ring. If the carat weight of a diamond goes up, so does its rarity, which will be reflected in the price. The bigger the diamond, the more the cost.
Still unsure? Here are some extra tips
It’s not easy to pick the perfect engagement ring, there’s a lot of pressure, but it should be enjoyable. Why not take a friend or family member who knows your partner to help? And remember: follow your instincts, you won’t go wrong.