So you’ve found the one: the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Assuming you’ve already discussed the idea of marriage, you’re probably ready to pop the question and need a ring. The thing is, there are tons of engagement rings out there to choose from, and it can be difficult for the uninitiated to know what they’re getting themselves into.

You could always go in blind into a top-rated jewellery store and ask them for help. For example, Vandenbergs Fine Jewellery has beautiful options to choose from and their friendly, informative staff is always ready to offer advice. With their help, you’re sure to find the right ring.

That being said, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about rings beforehand, that way you are better equipped to choose the right one. Here’s a quick guide on engagement rings that will help you make your decision.

Know Your Partner

Before beginning your journey of buying a ring, first think about your partner. Do they like jewellery? What kind of jewellery do they wear? How do they feel about diamonds? Have they mentioned what kind of engagement ring they’d like? Could you ask any of their friends or family for advice?

The answers to these questions will help you determine your choices. For instance, if your partner doesn’t like to wear flashy pieces, then you probably want something elegant and simple.

Set a Budget for the 4 Cs

Setting a budget is incredibly important. It’ll also be a major factor in determining the following: Cut, Carat Weight, Clarity, and Colour. These are the 4 Cs of diamonds and determine how one is graded and ultimately how expensive it will be.

  • Carat Weight: The heavier the diamond, the more carats it will have, and the more expensive it will be.
  • Clarity: All diamonds have naturally occurring birthmarks called inclusions – the less there are, the higher the price.
  • Colour: The colour grading scale for diamonds begins at D (colourless) and ends at Z (light yellow). The clearer ones are usually more expensive.
  • Cut: Refers to a diamond’s proportions, symmetry, and polish. Basically, how well it was cut will determine its value.

A jeweller can help you find a diamond within your budget that still looks beautiful – it doesn’t have to be on the high end of the 4 Cs. And if your partner doesn’t care for diamonds, then you have the option of more affordable alternatives like their birthstone or something like moissanite.

Other Considerations

Gemstones can also be presented in different shapes, like Round, Oval, Princess, Cushion, Emerald, and Pear. You also need to consider the setting type (how the stone will sit on the band) like a bezel, channel, 4 or 6 claw, and pavé setting.

Next, think about the band’s gold colouring (yellow, rose, or white) and how many karats you want. 10k gold is typically seen as the smarter choice as it’s affordable and durable.

Feeling overwhelmed? Not surprising. But at least this should give you a general idea of what you’re getting yourself into, and you won’t be in the dark when choosing the perfect ring.