Men’s Guide To Buying The Perfect Engagement Ring
An engagement ring is the most distinctive piece of jewellery your bride-to-be will ever wear. It is the representation of the love you share and will be with her for life. Finding the perfect engagement ring can be just as difficult as finding the one you want to marry. To help you on your way, here are a few tried and tested tips.
The four C’s cover the carat, cut, colour and clarity of the diamond. These describe both the quality and the style of the diamond which are the first aspects to consider when designing a custom engagement ring.
The carat discusses the weight of the diamond, and therefore is related to the size of the diamond overall. How big should the diamond be? This is dependent upon the individual style and taste of you and your bride.
The cut of the diamond is an extremely important aspect of the diamond you choose. The cut describes the specific facets of the diamond, specifically the proportions of the stone or the height and depth of the facets. This is important as the makeup affects the way light enters the diamond and is released giving off that distinctive shine.
Ideally, a diamond should look completely colourless as it then releases the maximum amount of light. Colourless diamonds are therefore the most valuable. Diamonds and graded on a spectrum of colourless through to very yellow light.
Diamonds naturally have inclusions of varying intensity, these are imperfections in the form of crystals, clouds or feathers under a 10 times magnification. Stones are more valuable when they have fewer inclusions.
For more information on the four C’s, click here to read through our guide to the four C’s.
While it is important to ensure the quality of the diamond you are choosing, there is no use if you are setting the stone in a ring she will not love.
In order to match to her personal style there are a few tips you can try:
Ask her friends, mum or sister
Your most valuable asset is those close to your bride. It is likely that she has discussed styles with them or at least earmarked some rings while spending time with them. They will know her personal style, whether she loves vintage settings, modern designs or unique styles.
Look through her current jewellery collection
While the engagement ring should be something special, an understanding of what your bride already wears will give insight into the type of ring she may desire. If you are unsure you can take pictures and bring them with you to your appointment with Ronald Crisp
The best way to get the perfect fit is to bring her in for a fitting. If you want the proposal to be a complete surprise we recommend bringing in a friend with a similar hand size or bringing in a ring she wears on her left hand.