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Five Tips On Choosing An Engagement Ring

Choosing an engagement ring for a partner may seem like a daunting task for someone who has never purchased fine jewellery in the past. With our many years of experience in matters of the heart we’ve put together five top tips to keep in mind when choosing an engagement ring.

1. Always Keep Her In Mind

An engagement ring is something your fiancé-to-be will hopefully wear forever so it’s essential to keep her preferences in mind rather than your taste and the latest fashion trends. If you’re not shopping for an engagement ring together, then you are on your own and it’s best to do some research about what she might like. For example one of the first things to decide is whether she would like a diamond or maybe a stunning gemstone such as a sapphire on her ring finger. Have a look through her existing jewellery collection to get an idea of her style or ask her close friends and family for advice. If this reconnaissance mission fails then it’s probably worth going for a safe option, and don’t forget, your jeweller will also be able to offer advice.

2. Only Consider Stones You Can Look At

Buying a diamond or a gemstone is a significant purchase not only because of sentiment but also do to its value.  It is therefore, worth making a fully informed decision, something that can’t be achieved by browsing and purchasing online. An online retailer may show you a picture of the stone or it’s GIA certificate but this does not allow you to truly see it, let alone imagine how it’s going to look on your partner’s finger. Factors such as a diamond’s or a gemstone’s size, colour, clarity or lustre can only be fully appreciated when examined in person and when compared with other diamonds and gemstones. With high quality audio and video now days it is possible to get an idea of the stones brilliance from videos. At Haywards for example, we are happy to conduct Skype calls with clients from over seas who cannot make it to our studio in person.

3. Visit A Reputable Jeweller

Choosing a jeweller that you trust is paramount to making a decision that you’re happy with. A reputable jeweller should explain the 4C’s thoroughly, provide you with a range of certified stones that fall within your budget and let you examine them without any pressure to buy. This jeweller should also be able to provide you with lots of options for setting the stones and be able to answer any questions you have about design. To find this jeweller it might be worth checking online to read reviews or see their previous work, but ultimately you should go into their shop or studio and see for yourself.

4. Only Pay What You Are Comfortable With

Having a budget that you are comfortable with and can realistically afford is important so forget about conforming to society’s outdated three-month salary rule. If you let your jeweller know your budget and what you think is essential or what you are willing to compromise on, then it will help them find the perfect engagement ring for you and your partner.

5. Balancing Your Budget Around The 4C’s

We all know the 4C’s describe a stone’s colour, clarity, cut and carat, but how do you balance these factors and your budget to get the best looking diamond or gemstone? There are a myriad of choices to weave through and sometimes it’s easy to get caught up with factors that are difficult to detect without 10x magnification but sharply increase a diamond’s price. Your jeweller will guide you through these factors but ultimately you’ll have to decide what you’re willing to comprise on, what’s within your budget and which diamond or gemstone will look best set in an engagement ring.

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