Picking an engagement ring is one of the most difficult and nerve wracking decisions a person will have to make in their life – you are buying a ring on behalf of the other person in the hope that you have made the right decision. There are a few main areas to consider when picking an engagement ring, these centre around the diamond, the ring itself and the style.
First of all we’ll look at the diamond and the different options you have. The cut of the diamond is the thing that makes the most difference in terms of how a diamond looks, there are many different types of cut from marquise to round and brilliant, the two can be combined together to make a round brilliant cut which actually is the most popular cut of diamond at the moment. Aside from the cut you have colour, clarity and carat, these are more to do with the size and the colour of the diamond and affect the price more than the design. The carat of the diamond is effectively the size of it so the larger the carat the more expensive it will be. Unless you are an expert in diamonds then things like clarity and colour are the least important thing to look at, unless diamonds are inspected closely or being bought more as an investment then minor imperfections don’t really matter.
The next big decision to make in terms of the type of engagement ring is what type of metal the ring itself will be made from, you can go for anything from gold or silver to platinum, platinum is the most popular choice of metal in the same way that brilliant round is the most important cut. If you wanted to go for a more historical, vintage ring then you may have to make compromises in terms of the diamond to make sure you get the design you are looking for. Vintage jewellery is often a bit more sentimental than new jewellery as it tends to have a story behind it but this is down to what you think the person you are proposing to prefers.
Depending on what you are looking for, the price range can vary greatly between engagement rings, at the low end for CZ diamonds and cheaper metals you can get engagement rings for only a couple of hundred pounds but at the other end of the scale it can be in the millions. They say that the price you should pay for your engagement ring is the equivalent of 3-6 months salary but obviously this is the kind of thing jewellers say to encourage you to spend more money.
In summary, if you decide to go for vintage engagement rings rather than a new ring, the chances are you will get something that is a little more meaningful and often it can be a great investment as they tend to hold their value much more than newer rings.