The QP Guide to Choosing the Right Engagement Ring

QP how to choose an engagement ring

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO PROPOSE TO YOUR PARNTER, then it may feel daunting when faced with the array of choice when it comes to engagement rings. Read on for the QP guide on choosing the perfect engagement ring to ensure you make the right choice to mark the momentous occasion.

Establish a budget

You may have heard the age old saying that a man is supposed to spend 2 months salary on an engagement ring. Little did you know that this romantic gesture was actually part of an advertising campaign back in the 1940’s by jewellers DeBeers.

It is important to establish your budget early on, despite how big or small this may be, in order to narrow down your search when looking for the perfect ring. No matter what you spend, it is the thought that goes into your choice that really counts.

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Research the basic terms

There are some vital terms you should familiarise yourself with when shopping for an engagement ring. Don’t panic when you start to hear all of these technical terms, the basics you need to know are:

Colour

While it may seem diamonds only come in one colour, they are actually graded on a colour scale ranging from colourless (D) to light yellow (Z). The most expensive are colourless, with white diamonds the most popular choice. Don’t be fooled by the expensive price tag on colourless variations as your choice should be swayed by personal preference above all else. 

Clarity

Just like colour, clarity is graded on a scale. Clarity refers to the amount of imperfections found in the diamond. Inclusions are also referenced, these are simply other minerals or tiny fractures. The fewer inclusions, the higher the clarity.

Cut

Perhaps one of the most important aspects to consider when buying a diamond, the cut refers to the angles and proportions which help the diamond to reflect light through all its facets. The most popular cut for diamond engagement rings is the round brilliant cut.

Carat

This refers to the weight of the diamond, the heavier the stone, the more expensive it is. Again, this doesn’t necessarily guarantee the perfect ring. With the right cut and band, some lower carat diamonds may appear larger than their carat weight suggests.

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Find your partner's ring size

There are a number of subtle ways you can measure your other half’s ring size before you buy your engagement ring. Why not take one of their other rings to the jeweller to be measured? Our favourite tip is to take an imprint of their ring in Blue Tack and order one of our free ring sizers to measure against.

free ring sizers at QP Jewellers

Think about their style

This is one of the most crucial aspects of the ring buying process. You want to make sure that the ring you choose perfectly reflects your partner’s personality and style, so ask yourself a few simple questions. Do they prefer vintage or modern styles? Do they like to stand out in a crowd or go with the flow? What will the ring look like against their usual clothing? Taking time to think about these simple things will help you decide.

Diamond or gemstone?

Contrary to popular belief, diamonds are not the only option for engagement rings. Many are now opting for gemstone alternatives for something more unique. This can correspond with their birth month for an extra special touch. When deciding between diamond or gemstone, consider the previous point about your partner’s style to help inform your decision. If you can’t decide between the two then why not opt for a style which includes both?

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