Has the time finally come for ring shopping? A CONGRATULATIONS is definitely in order! You’re entering one of the most exciting chapters of your life and we’re here to guide you every step of the way, starting with choosing the perfect engagement ring. Whether you’re the one popping the big question or you’re ring shopping as a couple, here are some handy tips to ensure you find the one.
Define Your Style
Start off by defining your style (or that of your fiancé’s if you’re the one ring shopping). Defining your style will help narrow down your options and you’ll have a better idea of where to start searching. To start off with, you’ll need to decide between silver or gold, different settings and stones; and whether you’re buying off the rack or having it custom made.
Where Do I Start?
Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming, so we’ve created a Pinterest board to get you thinking about different styles and settings. Once you’ve found a style that resonates with you, book a consultation with a jeweler. Here you’d be able to find the perfect ring and stone for your budget. Pro tip: choose classic over trendy. Remember, this is a symbol of your love that you’ll carry with you forever.
Are Diamonds The Only Option?
The short answer is no, diamonds are not your only option. For many, a great alternative would be cultured or man-made diamonds, which will withstand everyday wear. But what exactly are cultured diamonds and are they as beautiful as the real deal? Cultured diamonds are 100% diamonds except that they are grown in a lab and not mined. Another great characteristic of cultured diamonds is that they’re more environmentally friendly! So, if you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, a cultured diamond is certainly the way to go!
In terms of other options to the classic diamond, gemstones make for the most incredible engagement rings. Whether you choose an emerald, ruby, tanzanite or morganite stone, you’re guaranteed a beautiful keepsake.
Do Your Research
Do your research and know your budget before stepping into a jewellery store. As with everything, ring shopping comes with its own set of jargon (does the four c’s ring a bell?). Make sure you know as much as possible so that you’re clued up enough to make an informed decision. Remember, a sales person’s job is to sell, but only you will know what ring truly speaks to you.
Ready-Made or Custom?
This really depends on what you’re after and your budget. If you’ve found your perfect ring in store, purchase it! If you’re wanting something more unique or wanting to include some family treasures, custom would be the better option. Pro tip: Get in touch with Shiny Rock Polished for the most exquisite custom made (and ready to wear) jewelry. The team are absolute stars at making custom jewelry engagement for your budget. Have a look at some of their stunning pieces below!
Have It Insured
An engagement ring tops the list of most valued possessions for many people, hence we encourage couples to get it insured right away. We understand that nothing can replace something as sentimental as your engagement ring, but if something were to happen to it, at least you’d be able to get another piece you love.
So now that you have a better idea on how to go about choosing the perfect engagement ring, it’s time to decide how you’re going to pop the big question. Don’t forget about the engagement party! Whatever you decide, always remember that this is your love story and no one else’s.