The dating game can be a tricky business, so finding somebody you want to spend the rest of your life with is incredible. If you’ve found somebody you want to pop the question to, getting the engagement ring just right is the next tricky bit.
These days modern couples will often discuss the prospect of marriage and decide to pick out a ring together, but if you want to go down the more traditional route and surprise your wife or husband to be, it can be a little bit daunting.
There are a lot of things to bear in mind when choosing the perfect ring, so we thought we’d run through a few things to help you find that perfect rock. After all, it’s a piece of jewellery that will be worn for the rest of your lives together!
The four Cs
There are four Cs that are used to determine the value of diamonds, so if you’re opting for a diamond, they are good to know. Of course, you don’t have to choose a diamond for your engagement ring, but this will help you if you do!
The colour of diamonds is categorised into letters on a scale, where D is colourless and Z is a light yellow. Typically you want as close to colourless as possible, but sometimes people will look for unusual colours like blues, pinks or yellows.
The cut doesn’t refer to the shape of the diamond, but rather the way that its cut affects how it sparkles. A well cut diamond will reflect the light internally and externally, and be a lot brighter.
Diamonds contain small imperfections called ‘inclusions’, which can usually only be seen with a magnifying glass. These inclusions are formed when the diamond crystallises in the earth, and you want to look for a diamond with as few as possible.
Carat signifies the weight and value of the diamond, and a the higher the carat, the more valuable the stone you are looking at.
This guide from GIA goes into a little more detail about the four Cs and how this International Diamond Grading System has become the agreed upon standard for judging diamonds by.
One of the important questions that you will need to consider is how much you should be paying for the ring. There are a lot of different ‘rules’ you’ve probably heard when it comes to how much you should spend such as spending two or three months worth of your salary on a ring, but at the end of the day it comes down to how much you are comfortable with spending.
We spoke to jewellers H. Hogarth and they told us “those rules are a little bit outdated now that the cost of living has increased so much and people are struggling to even get their foot on the housing ladder, so if you and your partner are at the stage where you’re considering getting married, you’ll likely have a good enough idea of how much money your significant other would appreciate you forking out for an engagement ring.”