If you’re working up the courage to pop the question to your other half, buying the perfect engagement ring is essential. But buying an engagement ring can be a complicated, daunting task. Here's some tips to help you in your quest to find the perfect ring; Know Your Terminology – get to know which metals are generally used for engagement rings and have an understanding of the different ring styles. You also need to do your research on diamonds. What shape do you want? Do you understand how a diamond is graded for its quality and value? Metals – As a woman will wear her engagement ring every day, precious metals like yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum are always best. We always recommend choosing 18ct gold for jewellery. Ring Setting Styles - The most traditional style of setting for a diamond engagement ring is the solitaire, where the diamond is set on its own. Other popular styles are three stone settings, halo diamond settings where the centre stone is bordered with smaller diamonds and shoulder set diamond engagement rings. How a Diamond is graded – a diamond is graded by four main characteristics – cut, clarity, carat weight and colour. Cut refers to the internal proportions of the diamond. You can tell a well cut diamond by the amount of sparkle it has, as more light will pass through. The clarity is graded by any internal marks or external blemishes, which look like black dots. These marks are only normally visible through magnification. Our recommended diamond clarity grades are as follow: FL – flawless, IF – internally flawless, VVS1-VVS2 – very, very slightly included, VS1-VS2 – very small inclusions and SI1-SI2 – small inclusions. A diamonds carat weight is a measurement of its weight – the higher the carat weigh the rarer and pricier the stone. A one cart diamond is equal 200 milligrams and further divided into 100 points making a half carat diamond 50 points. Colour - with white diamonds the clearer the colour the better. The highest and clearest diamond colour is graded D and goes down to Z where the diamond will have a visible yellow tint.