• Alex Nguyen

Three top tips for buying the perfect engagement ring

You’re preparing to ask what will possibly be the most important question of your life. You want to find the perfect spot, and the perfect time. But before that comes the small task of locating the ring of your partner’s dreams, which they will have on for the rest of their lives.

So, where do you start? You’ve likely employed the services of friends or family in an advisory role, especially if this is your first time entering the market. However, everyone's experience will be different, as the ring will be tailored to your fiancé-to-be’s personal tastes, and this will largely dictate your whole thought process when it comes to the all-important search.

Before embarking on this seemingly most daunting of quests, let us ease your mind by offering three top tips to help you land on the perfect engagement ring.

Set a budget

Unfortunately, ‘budgeting’ is a term you will likely hear throughout the whole proposal and wedding planning process. Engagement rings, particularly at the more premium end, do not come cheap, and it is important to set your budget accordingly to avoid any awkward conversations further down the line.

If you are completely in the dark with how much the ring is likely to set you back, it can be useful to do your own research on online retailers before committing to visiting a jeweller in person. Many different elements can affect the price of a ring, from diamond clarity to the choice of metal. But remember, a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily equate to a nicer ring, as it is all about personal preference.

Even if you seek budgeting advice from friends, family, or even your partner, it is imperative that you only spend an amount that feels comfortable for you. One determinant that will affect your budget is just what your partner is looking for from their engagement ring, as we will discuss in the following section.

Which of the 4Cs is most important?

Understandably, you want to give your partner the perfect ring that they deserve. Unfortunately, when shopping on a budget, there will likely need to be some element of compromise. This is why it is vital that you know what your partner places most importance on in terms of their taste and style.

When it comes to diamond ring shopping, the 4Cs in question are: colour, clarity, cut and carat. Each of these different elements can have a major bearing on the price of your ring, so at this stage it is important to rule out any of the ‘Cs’ which are of least importance to your bride or groom-to-be.

For instance, if you know that the size of the diamond is the be-all and end-all, then consider prioritising carat and cut over clarity and colour, as the former two will have a greater effect on the size of the ring. Alternatively, if the ‘sparkliness’ of the ring is the all-important element, then you could perhaps opt for a slightly smaller ring of greater clarity.

Find the right fit

We know this is the first lesson taught at the school of engagement ring shopping, but it’s one of the most important factors to consider. There is little point in investing so many hours in searching for the perfect ring, if when it comes to the big moment, the fit isn’t right. It can provide an anti-climatic feeling to what should be a special time, as you’ll likely have to wait another couple of weeks to get it resized before your fiancé can properly start showing it off.

As a result, you shouldn’t leave the fitting down to chance. Consider temporarily borrowing one of the rings already in their collection, which can then either be measured via an online sizing guide, or in any good jewellery store. Alternatively, you could enlist the help of their friends or family who may already know their size – just ensure you trust them enough not to spill the secret!

Fortunately, some retailers offer a complimentary ring resizing service, so depending on where you shop, you may not be any further out of pocket should you need to make any adjustments.

Now, you're so ready to pick the right engagement ring & what's next? Find out how to have a perfect proposal here.