In addition to the questions addressed in our Engagement Ring Guide, those who wish to propose with an engagement ring face a few unique choices as explained below.
There are basically four different ways you can go about it:
Before you start your search for the perfect engagement ring, it is important to set yourself a budget. A commonly referred to guide for what to spend is roughly the equivalent to two months’ wages, however we believe that you should choose a budget that is comfortable for your own personal circumstances. Everyone is different! The team at Larsen Jewellery are able to create a beautiful engagement ring for you no matter what your budget is.
Pay attention when your partner admires someone else’s ring, or if they point out designs in ads or shop windows. What shape of stone did they comment on? Is it a single stone or did it have stones in the band? Is it a fine or wide band? You could bring in a friend for advice, as long as they can keep a secret! If you are still unsure, the best thing to do in this circumstance is to propose with just the stone, and get your partner involved in the design afterwards.
Look at what other jewellery your partner wears. Do they have a lot of Yellow Gold pieces, or perhaps some white gold or Silver accessories? White Gold is the most popular choice at the moment, followed by Platinum and Yellow Gold. If they have a mix of metals, you could choose to have the band in Yellow Gold and the setting in White Gold, ensuring the ring will go with any of their other pieces.
There are many traditions surrounding marriage and proposals, take a moment to reflect on which of these are important to you and your partner. Should you ask your partner’s family for permission to marry before you propose? Are there other personal or cultural considerations?
Some cultures place great significance on factors such as your star signs or the amount of time you have been together. A little research can go a long way to making sure you start your journey to marry on the right foot.
We have put together a useful guide to help you figure out what size to choose. Click here to find out more.
Get in touch and one of our jewellers will be happy to answer your questions, or browse our engagement ring galleries to get inspired.
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Designing an engagement ring can seem like a daunting task, but chances are it’s easier than you think. Once you start looking at different engagement ring design ideas, you’ll usually find there are some things you love and others you don’t. If you’re having your ring custom made, you can incorporate all your favourite elements and create a style that is perfect for you.
Engagement ring designs usually fall into the following categories: Solitaire, Halo, Three-Stone, Side Stones or Other. Our Engagement Ring Design Guide breaks down each of these styles with pictures for inspiration. You’ll also find designs categorised into Vintage, Contemporary, Classic and Bohemian styles.
Engagement rings symbolise your intention to marry. Traditionally the completed ring is presented to the bride-to-be during a marriage proposal, but it is not always a surprise. Many couples are now opting to design the engagement ring together. Sometimes a temporary engagement ring, or proposal ring, is used as a place-holder until you find your perfect engagement ring.
It is widely accepted that solitaire style engagement rings are the most popular. These are engagement ring designs that feature just one single diamond or gemstone. Halo designs and engagement rings with side stones are also very popular, especially when the main stone is a coloured diamond or gemstone.
Whether you are looking for an engagement ring alone or with your partner, you’ll often find you get to the “right” ring quite quickly. The engagement ring that is right for you is the one that you love to look at, love to wear and that fits in to your budget.
Colour is always a personal choice. Not everyone feels comfortable featuring colour in their engagement ring. There are different metal colours you can choose from and an entire rainbow of coloured gemstones. You can choose subtle pastel shades or intense bold colours, the choice is entirely up to you and your own individual style.