Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring
For a man – purchasing an engagement ring for his partner can be a daunting prospect.
A trip around google will provide lots of charts, tables and jargon that is hard to relate to real the visual world and to apply to making your special person happy.
Over our years in the trade we have dealt with thousands of people looking to buy that special item that will delight their loved one- and buying an engagement ring falls very neatly into that category.
The main task a buyer faces is to first decide on the personality and style of the person the ring is intended for; a look at the kind of jewellery they have already is a good place to start.
Take notice of the colour of the metal they have chosen and the intricacy or simplicity and size of the designs they have bought for themselves. If you can quietly find out the finger size required, it will help later on if the presentation of the ring is to be surprise!
Engagement rings will generally either be of White or yellow metal. If your special person wears a lot of white metal, it could be a good indicator that they would prefer a white gold or Platinum mount for the ring. Platinum is a natural white, hard metal which makes it a good choice for long lasting wear and brightness.
White Gold on the other hand is not naturally white, but is made whiter by the alloying with other metals-notably Silver .Rings made from white gold will always be plated with Rhodium ( another metal of the Platinum family) to give them a bright attractive finish. It should be noted however, that the rhodium will wear off eventually and leave the ring looking dull. It can however, easily be re-plated to bring back the finish
For information ,Silver is a soft metal and therefore is not generally used to make engagement rings.
If your partner wears large items of jewellery- such as big silver bangles as opposed to say- a dainty gold bracelet, this could be a useful sign of their tastes in jewellery. Additionally if their character is outgoing, bright and bubbly, then perhaps they would prefer a larger showier engagement ring.
If on the other hand, they are a quiet person, then perhaps a more discrete ring might be more suitable, where a concentration on the quality rather than the quantity of the ring is more important.
Indicators of the type of ring a person might chose for themselves could also be found in the type of clothes they wear. So for instance do they wear bright bold colours or patterns?
If you know their favourite colour is blue for example, then someone who is attracted to colourful things may perhaps fall in love with a ring set with sapphires and diamonds. The same would apply to other colours and coloured stones. Rings with stones of multicolours could also be suitable for an
engagement ring dependant on the recipient.
If your partner is fashion conscious and always up with latest styles, they might prefer more contemporary or retro styles of ring design or even something similar to one that a celebrity has been seen wearing.
If on the other hand they are more traditional in taste, or even captivated by vintage fashions of the past –such as the “Downton Abbey” look, then this is a clear indication towards the style of the rings you should be considering.
On a practical note ,stones used in engagement rings need to be hard enough to stand up to daily wear, this is one reason why diamonds have been traditional used for engagement rings.
Sapphire, Rubies and other stones with a hardness of 8 or over on the Moh’s harndess scale are also good choices for long lasting wear. Stones of lower hardness can also be used in engagement ring- but just be prepared for the cost of replacing them!
Picking the perfect engagement ring is ultimately a mix of observation, anticipation and inspiration. Please take a look at our lovely selection for inspiration here…