How To Shop For The Perfect Engagement Ring

Friday, February 12, 2016

You’ve found the girl who is the one. You’ve asked her father for her hand in marriage. You’ve even planned the perfect proposal. Now, it’s time to buy the engagement ring. This can be one overwhelming task. There’s a lot of pressure weighing on this purchase. After all, it’s the ultimate symbol of love for your girlfriend and a token of your desire to take your relationship to the next level. It’s also a lot of pressure knowing she’s going to be showing off her new ring to all her friends and family.

For a lot of guys, purchasing their lady’s engagement ring will be their first experience in the wild world of diamonds and jewels. When they walk into a place like Diamond Queensland, they feel inundated with concepts and terms they’ve never heard before. Before you check their designs, learn these important terms for the next time you walk into a jewellery store.

Shape Really Matters

Even before you get to the 4 Cs (clarity, carat, cut and colour), it’s also important for you to know what shape she would love. Shape refers to the actual geometry of the stone. A stone’s shape is opposite of the cut, as cut refers more to the facets and angles in the stone.

The Ring’s Setting Come Second

The setting refers to metal framework to which the stone is mounted. A quality setting can seriously set the tone of the ring. If you’re going to choose the usual round stoneit can be given a completely fresh makeover by having a bezel setting. On the other hand, a trendy oval stone can be transformed into a more traditional look with a four-prong setting. You should be aware that it’s important for the ring to have the perfect combination of setting and shape.

Getting Her Style Right

Today, it is becoming a trend for lovers to go shopping for their engagement ring together. If you’re planning to do this, you can visit jewellers like Diamond Queensland or any reliable jewellers in your local area. However, if you’re a more traditional kind of guy, you’re going to need to do some kind of “investigation” first. This may even have an impact on where you decide to shop. Start by asking her family or best friends, and don’t forget to make them swear to keep it a secret. If you’re dead set on telling anyone, you need to take note of the design of the jewellery that she usually wears. Does she prefer silver or platinum pieces than yellow gold jewellery? Does she seem to be into those vintage-style jewels as opposed to a classic, simple design? 

Think About the Metal

When choosing a ring band, there’s actually wide range of metals you can choose from. One of the most popular choicefor couples is platinum since it is highly durable and pure. And, it is a perfect hypoallergenic option, too, for both menand womenYou can also choose gold. It’s available in a range of colours, such as rose, yellow and green. There’s also palladium and recycled metals that may include a combinationof gold and platinum. 

Shop Wisely

By far the best place to buy a diamond engagement ring in Brisbane, or in any local area, is from a reputable jeweller. Start your jeweller search with friends’ and family’s recommendations, or check out industry organization affiliations. Stores that are accredited by the Gemmological Institute of America or GIA and by the Jewellers of America are a good starting point. Remember to always check out the return policy of the store so you can at least get another one or exchange the ring if it’s not the type of ring she really wants.

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Jackie Harrison said...

Great information Kim and very helpful.

Emmylou MW said...

Hubby and I actually bought my engagement ring together. He knew me well enough....hehe

Rachna Lakhanpal said...

Hey Kim!
This post is so informative and helpful! I didn't know anything about rings until now!

La Belle Dame

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

These are very practical tips. I actually got to design my own ring from picking out the diamond to getting it custom made.

Lily A. said...

These are some wonderful tips!
xo, Lily

Jalisa G said...

These are some great tips for making the ring shopping experience that much easier, it really is a lot of pressure! My hubby did well and I love my ring, but I must say that I did go with him and chose a few styles I loved, so it made it easier :) Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, beautiful!



Miss Val's Creations said...

Great tips. I'm so glad I'm not a man. This purchase must be so difficult!

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Very helpfull post, this info can benrfits for a future wedding! Happy weekend Kim.


Shape definitely matters since it defines the actual ring design. My ring has a simple round stone. :)

xoxo Ira

Idu Emeziem said...

These are really great tips. I wish I had these at my fingertips many years ago, :)).

Angela Angeline said...

Great Tips, Kim. If my SO was looking for a ring, I would have told him to check here!
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Pamela RG said...

These are helpful tips. Valentine's Day is coming soon.

sonia de macedo said...

Great post, can't wait for the day I get to do this hehehe!


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Lauren Carter said...

These are some great tips. Very helpful!

Dale Janée said...

These are such great tips Kim and I'm glad I'm not a guy lol because there is so much to know and thought to put into this before the proposal. I think your tips are great and I like that you mention both traditional and non-traditional ideas.