You've decided to ask your partner to marry you? How exciting! Our team of experts at VG Jewelers (The Village Goldsmith) have put together this comprehensive guide to buying an engagement ring.
At first, buying an engagement ring can seem like a daunting task. With so many things to consider, how do you know where to start?
First, let's start with something, or rather someone, you know... Your fiancé-to-be!
Think about what kind of jewelry they wear, what their lifestyle is like and also if they've hinted at any ring styles while scrolling Pinterest or out shopping for example.
The other thing to consider, is your own personal story and whether there any significant elements to your story that you want reflected in the ring.
THE CENTER PIECE
THE FOUR C'S
BEYOND THE FOUR C'S
The four C’s are just a starting point when finding you the best quality grade diamond. Other factors that have an impact on the quality of a diamond include fluorescence, luster, and type and placement of inclusions.
It’s important that when you are comparing diamonds, you are comparing like for like. If you are deciding between a couple options, make sure to ask for information about all quality factors to help make your decision.
Maybe you both love nature or maybe you fell in love with the architecture of a building you found on a holiday together. Either way, we can help tell your story in a ring.
Including elements inspired by your own love story are a great way to make the ring full of meaning and unique to you both. If you have a few ideas but not sure how to bring them to life in a ring design, get in touch here and we'd love to help.
DIAMOND AND GEMSTONE CUTS
The round brilliant cut is just one of many options! Below are some of the more common and popular diamond and gemstone shapes, however we have access to many more so don't hesitate to ask. View our range of engagement rings here.
Diamonds and gemstones can be set within a ring in various ways to achieve an overall aesthetic and accentuate different forms and features.
Take a look at some of the styles below to get an idea of the range of setting styles available. Your choice will depend on the overall look you are going for, and the style you think will suit your partner and their lifestyle. View our wide range of styles here.
You may have heard the old "two month's salary" rule when determining how much to spend on an engagement ring. This is old-fashioned and not very relevant today. The answer is to spend an amount you are comfortable with spending.
The important thing is that you get value for money!
It will take approximately 3 - 6 weeks to design and craft your piece. However, if you have an urgent request we will do everything possible to accommodate you. If we have your perfect ring in stock (it might just require re-sizing), this timeframe will be shorter. If you need it urgently, view our range of ready to ship rings here.
Yes, we highly recommend getting your ring insured. This should be the first task as soon as you have purchased your ring. Engagement rings require separate disclosure and are not covered by your general contents’ insurance.
YOU'VE GOT THE RING, NOW WHAT?
The perfect proposal is different to everyone. You know your partner best, so think about how you can make it special for them.
Whether you set the scene at your favourite holiday spot, recreate your first date, or arrange to do their favourite activity, your proposal story will be one you will both treasure for a lifetime.
After you have proposed, we’d love for you to get in touch to share your pictures and tell us all about it.
After all, we love a good love story.