The 7 Step Guide to Stress-Free Engagement Ring Shopping
When the day arrives that you find yourself browsing online, flicking through magazines or window-shopping for engagement rings, it is sound advice when warned that there is a definite possibility you may experience overwhelming feelings mixed with excitement as a result of the abundance of styles on offer.
The best way to tackle this is to set up a plan to ensure your engagement ring shopping unfolds as smoothly as possible. Here are the 6 steps to ensure a smooth experience:
First decide on the style you like, this will narrow down your options instantly. Contemporary, modern, vintage, gothic or minimal are just a few. If you are not sure of the difference, set up a Pinterest account and start pinning. This is a recent tool that is proving to be priceless when searching for inspiration.
2. ONE, TWO, THREE OR MORE DIAMONDS
Solitaire rings are the classic and popular choice, but this isn’t for everyone. Some love a touch or a lot more bling! Trio or three stone rings are popular and so too are engagement rings with beautiful halos or side stones to enhance your centre stone.
3. DIAMONDS OR COLOUR
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and being the most popular choice, it is safe to say you cannot go wrong with a diamond. But some ladies love a splash of colour or have a favourite coloured gemstone. The coloured gemstone or diamond trend is becoming more and more popular; just take a look at the hands of Hollywood to see the proof!
Just as diamonds and solitaires are the most popular choice, Round Brilliant diamonds are the most popular shape. There are many other options to choose from though, Asscher cuts are striking and look fantastic in any style from a modern setting to an Art Deco setting, Marquise’s are beautiful and unique in style and you simply cannot go wrong with a Cushion right through to an Oval.
The carat size is when your budget comes seriously in to play, so make sure you have set a realistic budget from the outset and do not budge. Your budget will determine the size and quality diamond or gemstone you can afford, so by giving a jeweller an idea of your budget they can source you a range of beautiful stones to fit your budget.
White, yellow or rose are your options. If you are like most and love white metals your next choice is between 18ct white gold and platinum. This is a personal choice and often comes down to budget, but some styles to lend themselves more to one type of metal. To help you make your choice read our article on White Gold VS Platinum.
7. CERTAINLY NOT THE LAST, BUT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT… BUDGET!
Decide on a realistic budget and stick to it! Diamonds, gold and gemstones are alluring and hard to say no to! By setting a budget from the outset you will avoid the temptation of pieces that creep past or well exceed what you can afford!