Some would say finding the perfect partner is the hard part but deciding on the perfect engagement ring can be utterly overwhelming. Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of pressure riding on this one purchase. It not only symbolises your love and commitment to the relationship but your fiancé is definitely going to show it off to all her family and friends so you’ll need to get it right.
The start of November to Valentine’s Day is officially “engagement season”, so we thought we’d help out those in our Ladbrokes community who are waiting to pop the question. We’ve put together our Engagement Ring Slot Generator along with some top tips to help you pick out the perfect ring.
It’s common to hear that you should be spending 2 months salary on the engagement ring. The truth is that’s likely made up by jewellery companies to get you to spend more than you normally would. What’s important is that you spend an amount you can afford. I’m sure your partner would rather spend more money on the honeymoon or on the deposit for a house than the engagement ring alone.
There are a number of stone shapes to choose from. From round, oval, cushion, emerald, princess and many more. To help you decide on the right shape for your partner use our engagement ring generator.
Once you’ve decided on the cut of the diamond you can now think about which metal you want to set the stone on. Think about your partners existing jewellery. Do they prefer gold metals such as yellow or rose, or are they a fan of lighter metals, in which case you can choose between white gold, palladium, platinum and silver. Keep your budget in mind, as the cost will vary greatly depending on the metal you choose.
When you start looking for an engagement ring you might feel overwhelmed by the number of choices you’ll need to make. To keep things simple, when selecting the stone it’s best to remember the 4 C’s. Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat. The cut refers to the angles and proportion of the stone while the carat refers to the weight. The heavier the stone, the pricier it will be. Diamonds come in a variety of colours on a scale that ranges from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). Clear diamonds are going to be expensive. And finally, clarity refers to the number of imperfections the stone has. Bear in mind that even if the stone has inclusions they may not be visible to the naked eye. Stones with imperfections are going to be cheaper.
Remember you don’t always have to make it a surprise. If you want to make sure your fiancé absolutely loves the ring you choose why not buy an affordable stand-in ring for the proposal, then search for the real ring together. Take our engagement ring quiz together to see which
style suits you best.
Find out her ring size
To make sure the proposal goes off without a glitch, make sure you have the correct ring size. Measure the size of your partners other jewellery rings to get a good fit.
Buying online can really save you a lot of money. If you understand exactly what you want you can get your perfect ring at a fraction of the cost on the Internet. Just make sure you’re buying from a reputable jewellery company.
Keeping the ring a surprise is a tough challenge but well worth the time you’ve invested. To kick off your search try our perfect engagement ring quiz. When you do find the one precious ring you’ll be a hit among your partners friends, you’ll be in your future mother-in-laws good books, and your mates will silently give you the nod for what you’ve achieved.
The above steps are great tips when it come to buying an engagement ring, but it can still be confusing and hard to select the perfect ring, therefore we create the below widget to help you easily understand everything you need to ask for when buying the engagement ring at the jewellers.