Engagement -ring

Spring is wedding season! There’s nothing quite like a wedding to bring out the romantic in us so if you’re thinking about proposing to your significant other but not sure where to start when it comes to the engagement ring then fear not… today we are here to help with our top 5 tips on how to choose the perfect engagement ring:

Think About Your Budget

Ok we’ll be honest. No engagement ring is going to be overly cheap but if you set your budget beforehand it’ll save you a lot of time (and stress) when you come to choose the ring. The general budget guideline is usually two months’ salary but let’s be honest, whoever came up with that was probably a jeweller so our tip would be to spend what you can afford, and of course what your significant other will appreciate (six month salary :p).

Think About His/her Style 

Although most engagement ring purchases are diamond, it’s not for everyone. Would your other half favour a diamond over other precious stones? Have a real think about what your significant other would truly want. Coloured stones are also having a serious revival at the moment with many appreciating in value so it’s definitely something to consider. Thinking about your other half’s personal style will also help you choose – are they classic, modern, vintage? Why not have a peek through their current jewellery collection to get some ideas. If you go to a jeweller with an indication of style/tastes they’ll be able to advise you and it will save you a lot of time in the long-run.

Ask Friends 

Not everyone wants to share the big secret before the actual proposal but trust us when we say, your partner’s friends are your allies when it comes to engagement ring shopping (especially if you have no idea where to start). Nothing will excite them more than to help you choose and who better than them to do some detective work for you?! In fact, they probably already know the EXACT ring they want… come on, of course they’ve spoken about it! Make sure not to tell too many family/friends though as there’s a higher risk of someone slipping up.

Give Them What They Want

It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment when engagement ring shopping and to end up choosing something that you like but trust us, keep reminding yourself that it’s what they want, not you. After all, they will be wearing for the rest of their life, and you want them to know that you know them intimately enough to pick what they’ll love, right?

Consider Shopping for it together

OK, so our last point doesn’t exactly help you to choose the ring but it’s worth pointing out that more and more couples nowadays shop for the perfect engagement ring together. In fact, many jewellers now offer a ‘proposal’ ring so that you have something to propose with in that special moment but then you are able to exchange for ‘the one’ at a later date. This won’t be for everyone but if you really have no idea where to start then it’s worth considering! It’s a huge purchase after all so if you think your bride or groom to be would love nothing more than to make a day of it and shop around together for the perfect engagement ring then why not?!

And that’s our top tips on how to choose the perfect engagement ring! Remember choosing the engagement ring is only the first step so be sure to check out our top tips on planning the perfect proposal too.