If you can’t wait to pop the question to your partner, but have no idea which engagement ring to choose, this guide is for you.
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, check out this quick quite to finding the perfect engagement ring — including stone, band, colour, and design!
Stone and ring design
If your partner is into clean cuts and modern aesthetics in their fashion and interior design choices, it’s worth bearing this in mind when choosing the overall look of their engagement ring. On the other hand, they might adore vintage clothing and retro looks — in which case, and antique engagement ring could be perfect.
How about the stone choice? Some 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 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!
Going for diamonds
Interested in the coveted diamond engagement ring? We don’t blame you, they are almost guaranteed to impress your other half! An engagement ring is going to be worn daily, and a diamond solitaire ring a perfect, durable accessory that also complements any outfit! Needless to say, a diamond ring won’t go out of trend.
What type of band suits your partner best?
Similar to the overall design choice, which metal band you opt for depends on your partner’s personal preference. 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?
Everything you need to know about selecting the ideal diamond
There is much to learn in the art of diamond choosing. 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…
Essentially, this is how clear and shiny the stone appears. 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.
Many people are unaware that diamonds are available to buy in various shades. However, despite this choice, the most popular ones 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.
Old European round:
The old European round cut is a ring created prior to approximately 1920. It must have been hand cut and usually looks very similar in style to the modern brilliant round design. An old European round cut diamond will not be as “neat” as a modern one, but it will have a distinctive, classic and antique design that many people adore. What is also remarkable with older stones is that, in addition to a beautiful aesthetic, such gemstones represent better value for money.
First presented in 1902 and square in cut, the Asscher diamond has become very popular since the Millennium. Featuring a high crown and large facets, the Asscher cut diamond is renowned for its level of shine and sparkle.
Modern brilliant round:
Many experts in the industry claim that this type of ring is the most popular as an engagement token. 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.
Transitional modern brilliant round:
This is the option you should go for if you want something slightly vintage with a hint of contemporary. 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.
The princess cut diamond can be either square or rectangle in shape, however, it must have pointed corners. Overall, the princess diamond is considered the most popular non-round diamond cut.
Unlike the princess diamond above, the emerald cut diamond has tapered corners. However, it 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.
In the diamond sector, a stone’s carat is simply its weight. However, this is very important, so make sure you check it before buying. As the carat weight of a diamond increases, so does its rarity; this will be reflected in the price — the bigger the diamond, the more the expense.
Still unsure which way to go when picking an engagement ring? Why not take a friend or family member who knows your partner to help? And remember: follow your instincts!