The hardest part is over – you’ve found the love of your life. Now is the time to find the perfect engagement ring and plan a beautiful proposal. Traditionally speaking, it is the groom who picks out the engagement ring. However, with the introduction of Pinterest and Instagram, it is becoming increasingly popular for the bride-to-be to select her own ring, or at least give the groom a helping hint (or two!). Whether it be the groom or the bride-to-be who selects the engagement ring, here are some tips from our friends at Anthony’s Fine Jewellery to help you choose your perfect ring.
Setting a Budget
The first thing you should do before you even start to look at rings is work out what you want (and can afford) to pay for your engagement ring. If you begin to look at rings out of your budget, you may find yourself falling in love with a ring that you cannot afford. This means you may end up falling in love with a ring that isn’t ‘the one’.
The traditional guideline on what to spend on your engagement ring is three months’ salary, but it is ultimately your decision guided by what you are comfortable spending.
Choosing your Stone
Once you have worked out how much you are wanting to spend, it is time to decide on a centre stone. Traditionally, a diamond is the stone of choice, however it is becoming increasingly popular for couples to choose a coloured centre stone such as a Sapphire, Toumaline or Ruby.
Whether you decide on a Diamond or coloured gem centre stone, it is important to discuss with your jeweller what to look for in regards to colour variations, inclusions, the cut of the stone and the size of the stone. Each of these will influence the cost of your engagement ring.
Narrow down the shapes
The most popular centre stone shape is the round brilliant cut, followed by the princess cut. For the more traditional brides, a round brilliant cut will be the perfect choice. If her style is more contemporary, she may prefer a pear, cushion or marquise cut. For the bride who may want something more unique, an Emerald of Asscher Cut is the way to go.