You have made the monumental decision to pop the question and now you are faced with choosing and purchasing the perfect engagement ring. I am going to offer you some of my top tips.
1. Choosing The Ring Style.
This is probably the most daunting part of the process! Of course you can always contact Lyes Jewellery to discuss.
Think about your girlfriends dress style.
Dont forget if your girlfriend has a pinterest account, has she pinned any pictures of her perfect ring?!
Is she classic? if she is, choose a simple four or six claw ring with the emphasis on the beauty of the diamond. You could embellish the shoulders with some diamonds.
Is she modern/edgy? You can have some fun here with the style just make sure the design will not look dated in years to come and that it would fit nicely with a wedding ring. A bezel set or tension set style would work well here.
Does she like vintage? A diamond set halo ring with diamond set shoulders is one of our most popular vintage style rings, especially with a cushion or oval cut diamond. You could give it a modern twist by leaving the shoulders in plain metal. Other styles she may like would be a three stone ring or even a sapphire and diamond ring.
Is she sporty? If your girlfriend leads an active life she may want a ring which is more durable. Think about protecting the diamond in its setting and choose a ring with the diamond embedded, for example a halo ring or bezel set.This style would also work well if she is a nurse or doctor where she needs to wear gloves.
2. ChoosingThe Diamond.
It is the diamond that you will be spending most of your budget on. There are many characteristics of a diamond to consider but im going to break it down to what is really important.
Should you require some information on what combinations of diamond characteristics you can get within a budget just drop an email to Lyes Jewellery.
The Budget. Im often asked how much you should spend on an engagement ring. There are guidelines set by some of the largest retailers that you should spend 2 - 3 months salary. Personally i think you should spend what you are comfortable with. Remember this is the most important piece of jewellery you are investing in and a huge gesture! Most of our customers spend between £2,000 - £6000.
The Shape. The most popular shape is the round brilliant cut. Recently we have seen an increase in demand for cushion and oval cuts which have taken Princess cuts out of second place in it's popularity. Emerald and Asscher cuts will suit a lady who likes a purer and less sparkly diamond due to it's fewer facets.
The Carat. This denotes the weight of the diamond most women would choose to have a larger diamond rather than spending the budget on having the most perfect colour and clarity.
The Colour. The colour chart for white diamonds starts with D being the rarest white. D-E= Exceptional White, F-G= Rare white, H= White I-J= Slightly tinted white.
I would recommend chosing a D-F colour and compromise on the clarity depending on the budget.
There are other coloured diamonds with yellow being the second most popular. You can find reds, pinks, blues and more but these can be very expensive due to the rarity.
The Clarity. The clarity describes the purity of the diamond. Flawless diamonds have no marks within them at all and are very rare. You want to choose a diamond with no obvious marks to the eye. The fewer the marks the better the light can reflect off the facets giving a good sparkle. For that reason VS1 - SI1 diamonds (very slight inclusions - slight inclusions) are the most popular choice as there shouldn't be any marks visible to the eye and the sparkle will be lovely.
The Cut. This is important! You dont want a diamond that is too shallow or too deep in its cut, this will compromise the light bouncing back out of the diamond dulling its sparkle. Do not consider a diamond that is fair or in most cases good. Choose a diamond that is VG (Very good) to Ex (Excellent) in its cut, polish and symmetry. NB. Some certificates laboratories will describe the perfect cut as Ideal.
The Certificate. If you are buying a diamond without having the chance to view it first i would recommend having a diamond certed by GIA (Gemological institute Of America) They are a little more expensive but they are seen to be in most cases the strictest laboratory. If you are able to view and choose the diamond unless its for investment purposes i would choose the diamond based on the fact that you like that diamond! Just remember any certificate is just based on a graders opinion.
Conflict Free. Today more than 99% of the worlds diamonds are conflict free due to the UN mandated Kimberey process. All diamonds sold by Lyes Jewellery are guaranteed conflict free.
I hope this helps you in choosing your diamond and ring style. Please feel free to contact Lyes at Lyes Jewellery should you wish to discuss, get a quote, view some diamonds or to design your ring.