If you’re planning on proposing to your partner, it’s time to start looking for the perfect engagement ring. Buying an engagement ring can be an overwhelming task as there’s a lot of to consider and it’s the ultimate symbol of love for your girlfriend. For many men buying an engagement ring, it will be the first time them have ever bought a piece of jewellers and a diamond, so it’s important to research and understand about diamonds, different engagement ring settings and different precious metal types. We have put together this ultimate guide to help you buy the perfect engagement ring
Establish the Budget for your Engagement Ring
Before you search the internet or go into your local jewellers, you need to establish how much you can afford to spend on an engagement ring. Traditionally a man will spend close to two months salary on an engagement ring, but this is just down to advertising by diamond companies and jewellers. The amount you want to spend on the engagement ring is completely dependent on your financial situation – you may want to spent more or less them a month’s salary or have different views on how much an engagement ring should cost. It’s also important to start married life together dept free so choose the nicest ring, with a quality diamond that you can afford.
Find Out Her Ring Finger Size
Ideally it would be perfect if you new your girlfriend’s finger size, but it’s often difficult to find out if you want the proposal to be a complete surprise. But if you can’t find out her finger size, we suggest that you buy the average women’s finger size M. If the size is wrong you can take the ring back to the jewellery after you have proposed to get it resized to fit. The best way to get your girlfriends ring size, is to get a ring that she isn’t wearing and bring it to be measured at the jewellers.
Pick the Engagement Ring Setting
To pick an engagement ring setting for your girlfriend you need to research her style. Take note of the type of jewellery she wears. She may prefer to wear white or yellow gold, perhaps there is a particular stone or diamond shape she wears allot. Does she like understated, simple jewellery, or over the top big, glitzy jewellery. You could even take her into a jewellery shop and see what styles she likes, without making it too obvious you’re planning to propose. Once you know what style of engagement ring your girlfriend would like then browse through engagement ring settings to pick the perfect one. The setting consists of the band and the metal that hold the diamond in place. Most diamonds are set in metal claws or a bezel where the metal is arched around the shape of the diamond.
Here are Four Different Engagement Ring Settings
Claw Setting Bezel Setting Shoulder Set Diamond Engagement Ring Setting Three Stone Engagment Ring Setting
Select the Diamond for the Engagement Ring
The next step is to choose what diamond you want for the engagement ring. Firstly you need to pick which diamond shape you want. The most common types used in engagement rings are round and princess cut diamonds. Here is a list of different diamond shapes
The 4Cs of a Diamond
The next step is to understand the main four characteristics of a diamond – know as the 4cs. Diamond Cut The cut of a diamond refers to the angles and proportions of the stone, not the shape of the diamond. A well cut diamond reflects light from one facet to the other, which projects back through the top of the diamond determining its brilliance and sparkle. Ways recommend selecting a well cut diamond. Diamond Clarity The clarity refers to the amount of imperfections and blemishes a diamond has internally and on the surface, usually only seen through a micro lens. A diamond with fewer imperfection will be more expensive. We recommend diamond with a clarity grade SI1 or SI2. Diamond Carat Weight The carat weight refers to the weight of a diamond. The larger the carat weight the bigger and more expensive a diamond will be. A one carat diamond is equal to 200 milligrams or 0.2 grams. A carat is also divided into 100 points, for half a carat is equal to 0.50 carats.