Materialising Your Dreams: 5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

Deciding to propose is a major life decision, but when you know you’ve got the right person, you absolutely have to go with your heart. Now that you’ve decided that you’re ready to take that leap, it’s time to buy the ring. It’s a task that often seems so complicated, but when you slow down, breathe and take a few things into consideration, everything will just fall into place. Here are 5 tips to help you choose the perfect engagement ring. This is an advertorial.

1. Consider Your Budget

The first thing you need to do is establish your budget. If you don’t want to spend more than £1,000 or $1000, keep that in mind as you browse display cases. If you want to get something unique to consider something custom. Remember, you can create the perfect engagement ring and still stay within your budget. Of course, if you have a bigger budget then you won't have to worry but there’s something for everyone at any price range, so once you know where you stand financially, you are off to a great start.

2. Choose a Metal

There are quite a variety of metals to choose from. There’s the classic yellow gold, but also white and rose gold, platinum, silver and titanium. Be sure to get to know the characteristics of the metals if you’re unsure of which to choose. For instance, platinum will last a lifetime, and is a very hard metal but is the most expensive, white gold is popular in the UK, but it will need rhodium plating every few years to keep its shine, yellow gold is a traditional standard and rose gold is a popular and on-trend metal.

3. Choose a Setting

The setting is how the stone sits on the ring. The classic 6 prong Tiffany setting is always a winner, but there is also the eternity setting, where the stones go around the entire band, pavé where many small diamonds are set close together and the rub over setting where a small rim of metal holds the stone in place. Other settings are also available so it's worth doing your research beforehand.

4. Choose a Stone

Although a diamond is always the classic favourite for an engagement ring why not choose one of her favourite stones instead, such as emerald, ruby, or sapphire?  There are many alternative gemstones for engagement rings. If you want the look of a diamond but cannot afford the cost consider white topaz, or moissanite instead. If her favourite colour is red, think about accenting a diamond with garnet or ruby. The shape of the stone also matters, round brilliant cut, emerald cut or princess cut are popular. There’s a lot of room for creativity if she isn't a traditionalist, but keep it simple if she is.

5. Consider Her Likes and Dislikes

The last thing, and perhaps the first thing should be to consider her likes and dislikes. Look at her current jewellery and fashion style to get some clues to what style of engagement ring she would like. You can also solicit the help of her friend or another family member to help you choose the perfect engagement ring. If you’re not looking to make your proposal a surprise, take her ring shopping with you.

Getting engaged is a special moment for both you and your future fiance, so you want to choose a ring that will set her heart ablaze for years and years to come. Do your best and don’t be afraid to ask for help should you need it.


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