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Engagement Ring Shopping: 3 Mistakes To Avoid

15 March 2017

An engagement ring is one of the most significant purchases a person can make. While there are certain (often outdated) rules of thumb, the ultimate consideration factor is ensuring the ring is perfect for you and the one you love.

With a purchase that demands this much pressure, we’ve prepared a list of the top mistakes people make when preparing for the big purchase and how to avoid them.

Forget Trends

An engagement ring is a classic, timeless token of your affection that will last forever, so the idea should be to find (or design!) the perfect piece for you future fiancée. If you haven’t had an open conversation about the type of ring your loved one prefers, take a look at their current collection to see what would best suit their style. Yellow gold or white gold? Coloured gems or diamonds? Are they a fan of statement jewellery or do they prefer a minimal piece. Take inspiration from their current style and ask questions! This will help inform your decision.

Ask For Help

Engagement ring shopping can be a daunting task, as very few people go into this process with prior knowledge or experience. Call on someone who knows you and your future spouse well, and to be safe confirm you love and respect their opinion regarding aesthetics. Often the person you’re buying for has an idea of what they want and has likely expressed this to a friend. If you’re still feeling a little unsure, ask a jeweller for recommendations. You’d be surprised at how confident and secure you’ll feel in the presence of a professional.

Know Your Stone

Not all diamonds are created equally and they can range from imitation to priceless, each cut to influence their beauty and value. With this in mind, there are a variety of factors that can affect the price of your diamonds. Find out more here.

It’s also very important to understand certificate grading. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and you don’t necessarily need a D colour Flawless stone to create a spectacular ring. The colour or clarity grade can serve as a very integral starting point, but shouldn’t always be the decider. Ultimately you are purchasing and wearing the diamond not the certificate, which is why we place a large importance on personally selecting diamonds for our clients and invite you to take part in the viewing process prior to making a decision.

Still feeling unsure? Visit our Engagement Guide Ever After; the simple and informative guide with everything you’ll need to help you find the perfect ring for your special moment.