5 Tips For Choosing An Engagement Ring

October 10, 2023

When it comes to choosing a piece of jewellery, picking an engagement ring is undoubtedly the hardest decision you can make. A symbol of your love, an engagement ring is something she’ll wear every day for the rest of her life, so getting it right is important. As Sheffield jewellers for over 50 years, we’ve helped countless couples find their perfect ring, so whether you’re choosing an engagement ring together or buying an engagement ring to surprise her with, we’re here to help.

Pop in and browse our full range of engagement rings in Sheffield city centre, or, if you’re further afield, use these tips to make choosing an engagement ring a little easier.

1. Setting Your Budget: Spend Wisely

The first step before buying an engagement ring is to determine your budget. It’s a common misconception that you need to spend a fortune to find the perfect ring. The truth is, there’s beauty and value at various price points. Whether you opt for something simple or invest in a bespoke engagement ring, remember that this ring should be a symbol of your love, not your finances.

2. Vintage vs New: Reflect Her Personality and Values

Just as every person is unique, so are engagement rings – so choose one that reflects your soon-to-be fiancé’s personal style and values. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the traditional choice for an engagement ring, while lab-grown diamonds offer an alternative to those who want a more sustainable alternative. For the romantic, a vintage ring, whether diamond or gemstone, offers another fantastic choice. By narrowing down the type of stone you’re looking for, you’ll have a much easier time choosing an engagement ring.

3. Understanding the Four Cs

The Four Cs – Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat – are the global standard for assessing diamond quality. By understanding the Four Cs, you can find the right balance between size and quality. For example, two diamonds that appear identical at first glance may have very different price points due to the clarity and colour imperfections within the diamond. If it all sounds rather confusing, our expert engagement ring jewellers in Sheffield can guide you through the process and find the perfect diamond for your ring.

4. Bold vs Understated: What’s her Style?

Another key consideration when buying an engagement ring is whether your partner prefers a subtle, elegant ring or a larger, more eye-catching one. There is no right or wrong answer, but it’s a question worth giving thought to. While a show-stopping engagement ring may have the initial “wow” factor that you want for your proposal, it may be impractical for daily wear, so be sure to take lifestyle and longevity into account.

5. Traditional vs Modern: Choosing the Right Design

Now that you’ve determined the type and size of stone you’re looking for, it’s time to choose the perfect engagement ring. The cut (shape) of the stone and the style of the band are the final pieces of the puzzle. Traditional engagement rings often feature round or princess cuts, while modern engagement rings might play with geometric shapes or unique settings. Again, think of your fiancé’s personal style and align your choice with what you think she’d gravitate towards.

Choosing an engagement ring is a huge decision, but it doesn’t need to be a stressful one. At Michael Spencer Jewellers, we provide personalised advice for buying an engagement ring, ensuring you find a ring that will be loved for a lifetime.

Visit us for a consultation, and let us be a part of your love story.

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