Choosing an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases you will ever make, so you want to make sure you get it right! We are here to help you do that, breaking the difficult decision down into 3 simple sections. The best piece of advice we can give you is to go to a good jeweller, as they will give you as much help and advice as you need to make the right choice. Apart from that, we will introduce the three main areas: whether you want a modern or vintage engagement ring, your budget and whether you want a colourful gemstone.
Modern or Vintage?
The first thing you need to decide when choosing an engagement ring is whether you want a modern piece or vintage. Modern rings are ones that either you have custom made, or a ring that has been produced recently. This is compared to a vintage ring, which will have been pre-owned and is more than 50 years old.
Many people like the fact that a modern ring is brand new or like the fact they can create a whole new ring. However, we would always urge people to look at vintage rings. They come with a long history, they are made with impeccable craftsmanship, they are 20% cheaper than modern equivalents because they are tax exempt and quite simply, they are so beautiful. Art Deco engagement rings are some of our favourites, as they are strikingly beautiful rings that are so unique, unlike anything you would find today.
So, have a browse and look at examples of both modern and antique rings and see what you like. Often photos don’t do them justice, so go to actual jewellers to take a look what they look like in real life to help you make your decision.
Something else you need to keep in mind for the entire process is your budget. This will help you to narrow down your choices massively, and make sure you are strict with your budget, as the last thing you want is for financial concerns to dampen the special moment you’re about to experience with your partner. Many places offer interest free payment plans, but we would never recommend actually getting into debt for the ring. So, figure out what you can realistically afford to spend out of your savings, then start your ring hunt.
Another really important thing you need to decide is whether or not you want a colourful gemstone. The most popular gemstone for engagement rings is undoubtedly a diamond, but there are breathtaking sapphire, ruby and emerald rings out there that you should definitely consider. Diamonds and sapphires are the most durable, with ruby being next, and emeralds being slightly more prone to damage over time. So, take this into account when making your decision, as if your partner is particularly clumsy, the stronger gems will be better! Each gem comes with its own meanings, so read up a bit and see if any of them align well with your relationship to help make the decision.