Choosing an engagement ring can be almost as difficult as choosing somebody to marry! Fortunately, here’s a quick guide to buying an engagement ring that they’ll love, hopefully without spending more than you need to!
The Four Cs
One of the most important things to know about diamonds is the four Cs: cut, colour, clarity and carat.
The colour of a diamond is rated on a scale from D to Z, with D being colourless and Z being light yellow, with colourless being the most valuable.
Lots of people think that the cut of a diamond refers to its shape, however, it actually refers to the sparkle of the stone, depending on the way in which it’s been cut.
Well-cut diamonds will reflect the light more easily, meaning that it’ll have a brighter shine and sparkle.
The clarity of the diamond refers to how many ‘inclusions’ it contains (small imperfections within the stone which occur when the diamonds are formed in the earth), and obviously, the fewer inclusions, the more valuable the ring will be.
Finally, the carat is the weight of the stone and is usually a very good indicator of the value of a ring. Generally speaking, the higher the carat of a ring, the more it will be worth.
Basically a posh way of saying a sole gemstone set alone on a ring! A very simple and traditional style.
Multiple large stones set alongside one another, or perhaps one large stone with lots of other smaller stones surrounding it.
These can either be multiple stones of the same type or a mixture of two different types (check out this blog post for more info on which gemstones go well together).
In these rings, lots of smaller stones are grouped together to create a shape, which could be anything from a circle to a heart.
A setting where claw-like prongs are used to hold the desired gemstone in place.
Where the stone is held between two pieces of metal, with the illusion that it is ‘floating’. This choice of setting is particularly popular if you’re looking for something a little less traditional.
Where the stone is held in place by a metal rim which goes all or part of the way around the gemstone.
A setting often used for men’s rings, where the stones are embedded within the metal of the ring.
How Much to Spend
Know that you know a bit more about what makes a ring so expensive, and some of the jargon that goes with buying one, time for the important question: how much should you spend.
Everyone will give you a different answer on this, but according to H. Hogarth jewellers: “There are lots of so-called ‘rules’ that say that you need to spend so much of your salary on an engagement ring, but you shouldn’t feel under any pressure to spend a certain amount.
“Set yourself a budget that you’re comfortable with and be sure to check lots of options before making your decision.”