Congratulations! You’re getting engaged and whether or not you have opted to surprise your fiancée or you are going to choose a ring together, it seems as if there is a world of choice out there and you – most likely – have no idea how to navigate it.
Here are frantasia’s thoughts on the matter.
More than likely, you will be considering a diamond for your fiancée’s engagement ring. But before you rush in, have a little think about the stone.
Not all engagement rings have to feature an ice and whilst we’re on the topic, if you were thinking that all diamonds had to be clear, then, actually, they don’t.
Although about 90% of engagement rings stick with tradition and feature a diamond, of some description, the second favourites are sapphire.
Usually associated with a beautiful hue of blue, sapphires can more than eclipse a diamond, if that is what your fiancée prefers. Sapphires can also come in other colours too.
Then there are rubies, emeralds and other gemstones, which are all equally pretty in their own ways, even if they are a less popular choice.
Of course, your ring may feature a variety of stones – if that’s what she prefers and you can afford!
Rose gold is a pretty shade and complements many engagement rings beautifully, but in the lead for precious metals in engagement rings are white gold and platinum. Both these materials can look very similar, although platinum will cost more, it is also more hard wearing.
Of course, a diamond ring may not even be gold. It is less common, but silver can make a very pretty setting for a stone as well, so if you think that your beau would prefer this, check!
Style is everything when it comes to the overall allure of your ring. The size and the cost come second, to the ultimate wow factor and that is something that will vary from woman to woman.
Is your girlfriend into her bling? Does she wear big rings with large stones on them, likes chunky jewellery? Or is she more for the understated look and would prefer something less showy?
Will this be a solitaire diamond or single gemstone, or feature more than one stone?
What era do you think she would like best? If she is into her vintage clothes and shopping, then consider an antique ring. These not only offer a sense of mystery and romance that perhaps is harder to find in a modern piece, but they also tend to cost less too.
The basic shapes which most stones (diamonds mainly) are cut into number about ten, but the most popular remains a round cut diamond.
However, if you opt for a different shape, this could be cheaper by quite a bit. Other cuts which are also popular include the princess cut (a square). There are other shapes available though and you don’t have to settle for the most popular,
Image from Kalfin Jewellery – Engagement Rings Melbourne
THE RING SIZE
Here is the conundrum facing many a groom – trying to guess his girlfriend’s finger size!
If you can’t pinch a ring from her jewellery box or guess correctly, a small piece of advice. Most women’s ring size is usually around a 6-6.5.
If in any doubt, get slightly larger as it will be better than it not fitting. Most jewellers will do a re-size, but do check before buying.
Now all she has to do is say ‘yes’!