Plan Your Wedding with Chapelle: Find the Perfect Engagement Ring
Plan Your Wedding with Chapelle: Find the Perfect Engagement Ring
Find the perfect engagement ring with our helpful guide. From style to stone type, we take you through this all-important decision to help you find ‘the one’!
For our blog today, we decided to begin at the beginning – with how to find the perfect engagement ring! There are thousands of rings out there to choose from, and that’s just within our range. That means that finding ‘the one’ (like Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings) can seem like a daunting task. That’s true whether you are shopping with your partner or, even more scary, trying to choose the perfect ring for someone else.
Knowing what you have to consider and how to narrow down your options is therefore crucial when starting your search. Our 5 top tips provide an easy introduction to the main points you need to know about to begin. Of course, if you want any further advice after reading, please feel free to get in touch or visit your nearest shop where one of our expert team members will be happy to help.
1. GemstoneThere are no hard and fast rules for what to decide on first but we’re going to begin with choosing your main gemstone. This may seem like a strange place to start but there are excellent reasons for it.
Firstly, the gemstone is often the first thing people notice about a ring. Like cars, many people spot what colour an engagement ring is long before they notice any other details! Deciding whether you, or your partner, will want a traditional diamond or something more unusual is therefore very important.
For many people this is an easy choice. They might already know that they want a diamond, or even that they definitely don’t! If you’re not sure, then this is definitely worth thinking about early on as it can affect all of your other choices. Different gemstones have different hardness values, different costs and, obviously, different colours and all these things may affect the final style of engagement ring.
Coloured gemstones are increasingly popular choices for engagement rings but, and it sounds obvious, they are different to diamonds. That means they have different qualities you need to think about and some are better than others. Rubies, sapphires or emeralds are all great options, for example, whereas we would usually recommend against pearls. If you’re thinking about a different gemstone for your engagement ring then make sure you get in touch for more advice.
This is often another easy decision, which is why it’s second on your list. Basically, when choosing the material, or metal of your ring there are three things to consider: colour, features and price.
There are three main colours of metal for engagement rings: silver, rose or yellow gold. (There are other shades of gold too but these are much less common.) Yellow gold is the most traditional, and is having a huge resurgence in popularity at the moment. Silver tones, such as white gold or platinum, are very popular too, especially for modern designs. Rose gold is less common but is very trendy at the moment, making it a fab choice for people who like the latest looks or more unusual styles.
Having decided on colour, you then need to consider whether to go for 18ct or 9ct gold (the most common gold finenesses in the UK), or platinum if you want a silver finish. This choice will depend on the cost and features of each type of metal. There are loads of different features but we made a quick table below showing the main things to consider. We could write an entire blog on this issue alone, so please get in touch if you want any more info.
|9ct Gold||18ct Gold||Platinum|
|Colour||Available in rose, yellow or white||Also available in rose, yellow or white||Available in white|
|Hardness||Softest: 80-120 on Vickers scale||Hardest: 135-165 on Vickers scale||80-135 on Vickers scale|
|Reactivity||Chemicals can cause tarnish but removed by polishing||Almost completely resistant to chemical attack in normal use||Very resistant to chemical attack.|
|Features||Malleable, ductile, reflective, noble metal, valuable.||Malleable, ductile, reflective, noble metal, valuable.||Very pure, rare, ductile, very strong, displaces instead of wearing away, natural bright white finish.|
This option is very closely related to the previous two, as gemstone and metal choice will closely affect the design. The main thing we want to consider here, though, is the overall look of the engagement ring.
There are loads of different styles but below are a few of the most popular broad types and an example of each. Solitaire and trilogy rings are two of the more traditional styles. Cluster and halo rings are both incredibly trendy at the moment, while twist styles and multi stone rings are just a few of the many other alternatives. We also have underset rings, with additional diamonds set into the side of the setting to ensure sparkle from every angle. Finally, while eternity rings are traditionally given to mark anniversaries and commitment, they are becoming increasingly popular as engagement rings too so we’ve included them as well.
Within each style, there are multiple variants to choose from. From choosing between princess and round cut stones to diamond set shoulders, you have lots of options to create a unique look. For more on different styles of engagement ring, take a closer look at some of our other blogs.
The size of the ring can refer to two different things, both of which are very important to find the perfect engagement ring.
Firstly, it can be about the size of the design itself. Size can refer to whether it is a big statement piece or a smaller, more restrained style. This is largely affected by the style of the ring, which we looked at previously. Other factors, though, such as the size of the gemstones, the width of the band and other design features will all play a part. This has a huge effect on the final look of the ring and is definitely worth considering.
Secondly, and more commonly, ring size also refers to the actual diameter of the ring band. Making sure a ring is the right size affects both comfort and security. It’s worth bearing in mind that finger size can change and will also be affected by the style of ring too. For more information on choosing the right size, especially how to find out your partner’s ring size without getting caught if you’re planning a surprise proposal, check out our previous in-depth blog on the subject.
5. The Proposal
The final thing you might want to consider when trying to find the perfect engagement ring is the proposal itself! Why are we including this on a list of tips to find the perfect engagement ring? Because how you want to propose will affect timescales, presentation and even, possibly, the design.
The most important of these three factors is the timescale. If you have a specific event or date in mind for your proposal then make sure you have time to find the perfect ring. The more specialised the design, the longer it may take to create it. In busy periods it can take up to eight weeks to have a ring made. If you want a bespoke ring made or to source unusual gemstones, this can all add to the lead time so you definitely want to make sure you’re organised.
On the other hand, many styles will already be in stock in which case it will be much much quicker. We always want to ensure our customers are happy and satisfied, so making sure we’re aware of any particular deadlines you are working to is always a great idea. That way we can advise on what options to look at and consider right from the get-go to ensure everything goes to plan. In fact, this tip should possibly be first on our list…
Even if the deadline is tight, however, we are always willing to help you find a creative solution. From the increasingly popular trend for ‘proposal rings’ to rush orders, if we know about a potential problem then we can suggest ways to help.
One final note...
So those are our 5 top tips on what to consider when trying to find the perfect engagement ring. Obviously there is loads more we could say, but these five points are a great place to start. If you want more info then please get in touch. All of our store teams and our online customer service team are trained professionals, with a wealth of knowledge to draw upon to help you. All you have to do is ask!
Alternatively, feel free to look through our blogs where we have discussed loads of different aspects of jewellery buying, especially engagement rings. If there’s something you want to know more about, you can always drop us a comment and we’ll write more on that soon.
The most important thing to remember, though, is that at the end of the day this is your choice. Whatever you want to do or know then we are here to help, because we know that an engagement ring is one of the most important pieces of jewellery many of us will ever buy and it is essential to find the perfect one.