There are so many choices out there that choosing a really special ring for your beloved can be a daunting task. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you along the way…
Sounds silly? Maybe, but when you think about it, the really hard part is actually over – finding that special person that you want to spend your life with. The process of buying a ring should be joyous, a celebration of love, so keep that in mind throughout, even when you have to consider practical things like…
Ok, it’s not the most romantic part of the process, but money is obviously an important factor. The good news is that, with Ethical Diamonds, your money will go a lot further! Our diamonds don’t have the huge costs of mining so offer a significant saving compared with mined diamonds. There really isn’t a rule on how much you should and shouldn’t spend; this depends on each couple’s circumstances and their attitude to money. Some people love flashing that bling! Others would prefer a more discreet piece of jewellery (and maybe use the extra money on the honeymoon!) Don’t listen to anyone who says you “have to” spend the equivalent of two months’ salary – spend what you can afford and what you’re comfortable spending.
The ring itself
This is the part where you have to decide: do you bring your partner in on this or do you make it a surprise? If you want the element of surprise, there are some choices to be made in terms of the metal, the style of the ring, and the shape of the diamond in particular.
For the metal, the yellow gold look is classic and traditional, so if that’s their style, it’s an easy decision! Go for white gold or platinum if you’d like a more modern look.
In terms of the style, the solitaire is the most classic engagement ring. But even here, you can choose between a variety of settings. Keeping with the classic theme, a diamond held in place with “claws” is probably the most traditional style of setting. Our signature engagement ring is a variation on this theme, combining the elegance of the solitaire with a unique design where four leaves encircle the diamond. A rubover or bezel setting, where the diamond is surrounded by the metal, is more modern. A “tension” setting, where the diamond is held in place simply by the metal, creating the effect of the diamond “floating” in the middle of the ring, is more modern still.
There are lots of other types of setting, and a lot will depend on whether you want a solitaire style or you want to incorporate other diamonds into the ring. A channel setting, where smaller stones are held in place within the band, or a pavé setting, where smaller stones are held in place with small claws seeming as though the diamonds make up the band itself, will work beautifully if you’re after a more “diamond-studded” look.
The shape of the diamond (or the central diamond if there are many stones within the ring) is really important. Many people refer to this as the “cut”, but really the cut refers to how much sparkle there is from the stone (see our 4 Cs post). Essentially, there are rounded shapes (most notably round and oval), square/rectangle shapes like princess, emerald, radiant and Asscher. Then there are the “in-betweeners” that combine the softness of a rounded cut with some edginess, such as marquise, pear, cushion and heart. Imagine the ring on your loved one’s finger – what would suit it best?
The stone(s) within the ring
Take a look at our 4 Cs post, which discusses what you need to look out for when choosing the diamond itself. The 4 Cs are: cut (how much sparkle is created by the light shining through the stone), colour (from clear to yellowish), clarity (from flawless to stones with small “inclusions” that are usually not visible to the naked eye) and carat (how much the stone weighs). The Cs all combine to determine the overall cost of the diamond. All our Ethical Diamonds are top graded cuts, so that takes some of the hassle away right there! If you’re after the largest stone possible, you’re usually best off to go a little lower on the colour and clarity – most of the time, you won’t be able to see the inclusions in a stone of lower clarity with the naked eye, or to tell the difference between one grade of colour and the next, so it’s a small sacrifice for a larger stone.
Size does matter!
Obviously, different people’s fingers are different sizes, so it’s a good idea to determine your partner’s ring size. And yes, we’ve done a blog post about that too! See our article here, which can give you some ideas about how to get their ring size either openly or surreptitiously!
Sorry, this one’s over to you… Good luck!!
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