Buying Tips for Engagement Ring 1

Buying Tips for Engagement Ring 1

Buying Tips for Engagement Ring

There are a few things you need to know before you start shopping for your Engagement Ring.



First, work out your budget, forget about the two months’ salary myth.  The key is to choose a ring which you are comfortable with and what you can afford.


Stone Shapes

Stone shapes are very important, you must know what shape your future fiancée loves. Shape indicates geometry of the stone, while cut relates to the angles of the facets in the stone. Diamond shapes include Round, Pear, Oval, Cushion, Emerald, Princess, Asscher, Radiant, Heart and Marquise.


Her Metal Style

Before deciding on what ring to buy, check on your future fiancée existing jewellery. See if she is more of a platinum/white gold kind of girl than a yellow gold one?  Platinum is one of the most popular choice, it’s extremely durable while gold is common in the Asia market and has a variety of colours, including white, yellow and rose.  The cost will vary subject to the type of metal you select.


Which Stones? Affordability?

Chances are you will be looking at loose stones as opposed to stones set on a ring already.  The stone itself accounts for majority of the ring costs, so you would want to choose the most beautiful one (also within your budget where possible)? Be sure you ask for a stone with a report from a trusted and reliable diamond and gemstone laboratory such as GIA, HRD, IGI.  You can check the stone with a loupe (a handheld magnifier).  Your jeweler will guide you and tell you what to look for.  


What other Cs you need to consider?

Aside from the cut and carat weight, diamond colour and clarity should also be consider.  You can choose a traditional colourless diamond or a coloured one. Diamond colour D is the most expensive due to its’ colourless feature.  If you cannot afford to buy a D to F colour range diamond, you may consider G to H since a slight tinted yellow are not easily detected under the naked eye.  These grades are more affordable.  Diamonds with colour are referred as “fancy colour” diamonds.  Diamonds can also come in other colour such as red, pink, blue, green, purple, orange, yellow, brown.  These colours are rare and very expensive.

  As for clarity, diamond which is graded flawless will be the most valuable.  Follow by internal flawless, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1 and so on.  Further down the diamond clarity grades scale, the more inclusions appear that will affect the price of the diamond.


Ring Style

Selecting a ring style maybe the hardest part when buying an engagement ring.  Here is a few tips you can refer to when selecting a setting for her.  Think about the clothes and accessories she wears, what art she appreciates, that you should give you some hints what ring she prefers.  A classic, modern, designer, original and so on.


Her Ring size

Figuring out her ring size is a tricky business.  You can check out our Find your Ring Size Guide here