Tips for choosing an Engagement Ring

We know that choosing a ring can feel a little daunting, so here are a few pointers to mull over and if you need any help or some more details we'd love to hear from you.
 
1.

Propose with a ring or choose one together later?

It’s very romantic to propose with a ring if you feel that’s the right for you (and your fiancé!). 

If you’d like to propose with a ring you can either commission one to be made (allow 5-6 weeks) or buy one from the shelf.  Choosing one from the shelf at EC One means you can come in together for a re-size or we can design a unique ring with you both.

  Read about commissioning a ring here  &  See our range of engagement rings here

     

   

 2.

Get some help.
Consider asking one of your partner’s good friends (who is very discrete!) to discover if they have talked about any ring styles. This might also help you decide on yellow gold versus white gold/platinum on a diamond centre or a sapphire and so on.

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    3.

    Do some Research.

    Does your partner have a Pinterest board of rings or maybe follow some jewellers on Instagram? Think about the jewellery they normally wear; do they prefer pared back styles or more detailed and intricate?

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    4.

    Think about what style of wedding band.

     Remember there are times when the wedding ring will be worn on its own so don’t overlook this ring. Make sure there are a couple of options that will complement the engagement ring beautifully as well as look lovely on their own.

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      5. 

      Which metal?

       Does your partner wear mainly silver or white metal or yellow or rose gold?

         

        6.

        Practical considerations 

        We always ask what someone does for a living: landscape gardener, doctor, architect etc to see if the design needs to take into consideration the job someone does.

           

            7.

          Finger size

          We make our stock rings in an average size which can be re-sized to fit after the proposal. If you find a ring in her jewellery box that you know she wears do bring it in as a guide. It is unlikely that she wears a ring on her engagement ring finger, but it will help give an indication.  We include one free re-size on all engagement rings.

             

            8.

            Which gemstones?

            Nothing says ‘engagement ring’ like a diamond, but there are lots of gorgeous coloured gemstones to choose from.  Stones like Sapphire, Ruby and Aquamarine.  Emerald is a stunning option too, but as a softer stone it does take more looking after and is better suited to someone who is prepared to take off their ring more frequently.

              Read about Diamonds here                             Read about the 4C's of Diamonds

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              Read about coloured stones here

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              9.

              How much should I spend? 

              This is a really tricky one. It must be an amount you feel comfortable with balanced with the fact that it is a very significant and sentimental piece that can be handed down.

                 

                10.

                Buy from a jeweller you trust and who has a longstanding reputation.

                 That way you can be confident they will still be around when you are looking for wedding rings or if you have an queries or what a re-size. Also make sure their values and ethics are in line with yours: are the stones conflict free or traceable, is the gold recycled, who was the ring made by?
                   

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                  And don't forget if you'd like any more help or advice just get in contact or click to book an appointment.