Ring Shopping 101 – How to Buy an Engagement Ring
It’s one of those questions that you daren’t ask because you feel you should know, and is often typed into Google but ‘how to buy an engagement ring’ is a question that stumps many men looking to surprise their partner with something special. As the experts in diamond jewellery in our Hatton Garden jewellery store, we’ve got all of your engagement ring buying questions answered for you below.
How do I find out what she likes?
Now is the time to start paying attention to the things your girlfriend says. She may casually mention rings of her friends or family or even those of celebrities. Does she have Pinterest? It may be good to have a browse and see if she’s pinned any on there. Otherwise, you can always pick the brains of her friends or family to help you find out what she likes. If you want it to be a complete secret to anyone but yourself, then taking note of her personal style, her tastes and her fashion choices should give you a clearer indication. Is she minimal, simple in her dress sense? Then a classic ring style will be a clear winner. Into bold colours and trends? Then something with a bit more sparkle will be up her street.
How can I find out her ring size?
Getting the ring size exactly right isn’t the most important part of choosing a ring. True, not being able to wear the ring (or even get it on her finger) may not make for the smoothest of proposals, but it will be the actual thought that counts for sure. Rings are easily resized and that’s not a problem. You can however borrow a ring from her jewellery box which she wears either on her ring finger or middle finger (which will be slightly larger than her ring finger) and hand it to the jeweller as a guide.
Can I design my own ring?
Designing your own ring is something that many men choose to provide a more personal engagement ring to their loved one. At our Hatton Garden jewellery store, we can advise you on ring design as well as sell individual diamonds, perfect for helping you come up with that special, unique symbol of your love.
How do I know what diamond to choose?
When it comes to choosing diamonds, there are 4 Cs which will help you greatly – Carat, Cut, Clarity and Colour. Shopping around for the best diamonds for your needs and budget is something which is best done in person, so buying engagement rings from a Hatton Garden jewellery store is a great way to see the type of diamonds which are available and which will be best for you.
How much should I spend?
Everyone you ask will tell you differently – but ‘traditionally’, diamond engagement rings were two months’ salary. But today, buying an engagement ring is more about what you can afford and what it means to you and your partner, rather than the cost. It’s not worth going into debt over and if you want to browse rings within your budget, a jewellery assistant should be able to help you find rings within your price range.
We see customers everyday who have questions and concerns about buying engagement rings. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are eager and willing to help you in your quest, and will offer expert advice to help you find your perfect ring. Click here to view our diamond engagement rings and for details on how to get in touch.