Buying an engagement ring is likely to be one of the most important purchases you ever make, so you want to make sure you get it right! There is so much information out there about what you should look for, so we’re going to keep it simple with the three main things you should look for when buying an engagement ring. This should be a happy experience, so we are here to take the stress out of it and to help you find the perfect ring for your loved one.
1. A Certified Jeweller
The best thing you can do when buying an engagement ring is to visit a certified jeweller. They are extremely knowledgeable about the pieces of jewellery, they can offer expert advice if you are slightly unsure and they are also more reliable, so you are likely to get a fair price for the ring.
Certified jewellers should also have official paperwork for each piece of jewellery. Whilst this might not be the case for all vintage engagement rings if you are interested in buying a period piece, they should at least be able to provide some proof of ownership or evidence of the authenticity.
Going to a certified jeweller is especially important if you are new to the world of jewellery, as they can give you the guidance you need to find exactly what you are looking for, or to help you decide what you want if you aren’t too sure! They will make all the following steps much easier.
2. The Colour of The Metal
Choosing a metal colour for the ring is very important, as you want to make sure it compliments the jewellery your partner usually wears. If they always wear gold jewellery, a silver engagement ring is going to clash slightly.
So, take a look at their jewellery box or observe what they mostly wear and decide from there. The broader categories to choose from are silver, gold and rose gold, so this should help to narrow things down! This is also a good opportunity to sneakily take a ring and have it measured so you know your partner’s ring size.
If your partner doesn’t usually wear much jewellery, then have a chat with the jeweller and they will be able to point you in the right direction. As one of the benefits of going to a certified jeweller is that they are very knowledgeable, make the most of it!
3. The Colour of The Gemstone
Along with the color of the metal, the colour of the gemstone is equally important. You don’t necessarily need to choose a colour that matches the rest of their jewellery, however choosing a colour you know they love is of course advisable.
The four precious stones are diamonds, ruby’s, emerald’s and sapphires, which are most commonly chosen for engagement rings. This is because they are usually the most durable and also exceptionally beautiful. So, if you notice your partner wears a lot of gold jewellery and the colour green, a gold emerald ring would be the perfect choice. If they prefer something more simple, go for a diamond.
Although all of these things are important, remember throughout the whole process to look for something you love, and that you can imagine them wearing for the rest of their lives. If you are really unsure, take a friend or family member with you for support and don’t be afraid to ask your jeweller plenty of questions to help you get it right!