Advice for Choosing an Engagement Ring
There are few greater moments in life than when you display a gleaming engagement ring in front of the love of your life and they respond with a ‘yes’, so for such a special moment, you’ll want a ring that’s equally special. Selecting the perfect engagement ring can be a daunting task, but it is becoming increasingly common for both parties in a relationship to be actively involved in the decision-making process, which removes the element of guesswork. Here’s a few things to remember when choosing the ring with which you’re going to propose to your partner.
1. Buy from a certified jeweller: The engagement ring is such a meaningful purchase that it’s one where paying for quality is strongly advised. The best way to know that you’re getting a ring of top quality is to buy from a jeweller with certification from a diamond industry body such as the International Gemological Institute (IGI).
2. Go low with the fluorescence: If you pick a highly fluorescent diamond, it can react very strongly to sunlight or bright indoor lights, so it’s best to go for a diamond with little or no fluorescence.
3. Still, you want it to sparkle: Out of the famous 4 C’s, cut is often cited as the most important and the hardest to master. Diamonds with an excellent or very good cut will reflect almost all light for optimum sparkle, although you will be paying for quality in this instance.
4. Don’t underestimate the ring size: If you’re tag-teaming with your partner about the ring, this shouldn’t be an issue as they will know their exact ring size. If, on the other hand, you’re planning to surprise them, try to pilfer one of their existing rings to gauge the size. If you have to straight-up guess, it’s better to overestimate than underestimate as it’s far easier for a jeweller to subsequently size a ring down than up if the need arises.
5. Remember the two-month rule: Traditionally, a man would spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring for his partner. Although the use of this rule is far more liberally applied nowadays, it’s still a fairly good indicator as to what constitutes a perfect balance of paying for quality and sticking to a budget.
6. Think practicality: An engagement ring should certainly look amazing, but not without compromising on durability. There’s no use in buying the most sparkling ring ever if it’s going to disintegrate within weeks. If your partner enjoys physical pursuits such as rock climbing or team sport, make sure that the diamond and band are sufficiently robust.
7. Try to exclude the inclusions: While flawless diamonds are extremely rare and expensive, diamonds with only very slight inclusions ideally combine quality and value. Stay away from diamonds with visible inclusions, as these just aren’t of the quality you’d like for an engagement ring.
8. Leave it late to collect it: This might seem contradictory to the usual advice of getting wedding-related matters closed off nice and early, but it’s best to wait as long as you possible can to collect an engagement ring for two reasons – you’re far less likely to misplace it and you won’t have to worry about trying to keep it hidden from your partner at home.
This piece was written by Martin Commins from Irish-based wedding ring website Commins & Co