You've decided to ask your partner to marry you? How exciting! Our friendly team of experts at The Village Goldsmith have put together this comprehensive guide to help you select the perfect engagement ring.
At first, buying an engagement ring can seem like a daunting task. With so many things to consider, how do you know where to start?
First, let's start with something, or rather someone, you know - your fiancé-to-be.
Think about what kind of jewellery they wear, what their lifestyle is like, and also if they've hinted at any ring styles while scrolling Pinterest or out shopping, for example.
The other thing to consider, is your own personal story and whether there are any significant elements to your love story that you want reflected in the ring.
THE CENTRE PIECE
THE FOUR Cs
BEYOND THE FOUR Cs
The four Cs are just a starting point when selecting the best quality grade diamond for an engagement ring. Other factors that have an impact on the quality of a diamond include lustre, type, fluorescence, and placement of inclusions.
It’s important that when you are comparing diamonds, you are comparing like for like. If you are deciding between a few options, make sure to ask for information about all quality factors to help make your decision.
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Maybe you both love nature or maybe you fell in love with the architecture of a building you found on a holiday together.
We're here to help tell your love story with a bespoke, custom designed ring. Including elements inspired by your own love story is a great way to make the ring full of meaning and unique to you both.
If you have a few ideas but are not sure how to bring them to life in a ring design, get in touch and our friendly and experienced team of experts would love to help.
DIAMOND AND GEMSTONE CUTS
The round brilliant cut is just one of many options when selecting the perfect engagement ring. Below are some of the more common and popular diamond and gemstone shapes. However, we have access to many more so don't hesitate to ask. Shop engagement rings.
Diamonds and gemstones can be set within a ring to accentuate specific features or forms to achieve an overall style and aesthetic. Your choice of style will depend on the overall look you are going for and the style you think will best suit your partner and their lifestyle.
Shop our range of engagement ring styles.
You may have heard the old "2-3 months' salary" rule when determining how much to spend on an engagement ring. This is not as relevant today. Spend an amount you're comfortable with spending.
The important thing is that you get value for money and select something your partner will love wearing for the rest of their lives.
It will take approximately 3 - 6 weeks to design and craft your custom engagement ring. However, if you have an urgent request we will do everything possible to accommodate you. If we have your perfect ring in stock (it might just require re-sizing), this timeframe will be shorter. If you need it urgently, shop our range of ready to ship rings.
Yes, we highly recommend getting your engagement ring insured. This should be the first task as soon as you have purchased your ring. Engagement rings require separate disclosure and are not covered by your general contents’ insurance.
YOU'VE GOT THE RING, NOW WHAT?
The perfect proposal is unique to every couple. You know your partner best so think about how you can make it special for them. Whether you set the scene at your favourite holiday spot, recreate your first date or arrange to do an activity they love - your proposal story will be treasured by both of you for a lifetime.
After you have proposed, please get in touch to tell us all about it and share photos.
After all, we love a good love story.