You’ve decided to propose and discovered there is a sea of engagement ring options out there. Choosing the right one is a difficult challenge and one that often stresses people out. The ring represents so much and yet it’s so small. Every little detail about it needs to be perfect. People can sometimes be hard to judge and we’ve all experienced that awful moment where you buy a gift you’re sure someone will love and they end up disliking it. This ring is going to be worn by a person for the rest of their life and so it needs to be just right. Haywards offer a bespoke service in engagement rings and can guide you through the design process. There is some preparation work that will stand you in good stead before you make your first appointment.
First things first, you need to find out the size for the engagement ring. If you’re buying it for yourself, then no problem, but if it’s for another person you might need to do a little snooping. You have three options. The first would be to get hold of a ring the person already owns and finding out the size, asking their friends or family or make a guess and get it resized later. Depending on your situation, you should be able to figure out which option is best.
Next up is trying to work out what kind of ring style you’re going to go for. This is tricky if you’re buying for someone else. Start off by paying attention to the jewellery they usually wear. You could go through what they own, but there’s a chance they have plenty of jewellery that they no longer like. By basing it off what they’re wearing at the moment you can get a better idea of what they’ll love. Also be sure to talk to friends and family for some decent advice.
Now you need to do some research. Get yourself online and look at as many rings as you can. This will give you a good idea of what’s actually available and start to give you a sense of how much you’re going to need to spend. Set yourself a budget beforehand to help you narrow your search. Bear in mind that looking online is not a substitute for seeing a ring in person. You’ll only be 100% sure when you look at the ring in your hand, not on a computer screen.
Before you head out, for your own piece of mind, you might want to learn the 4 C’s. This refers to cut, clarity, colour and carat. These four things will help you understand the quality of the stones you are looking at. Haywards can find you a selection of stones based on your preference and budget.
Remember that this is something you want to get right and you’ll only get one chance! So take the time to research and refine exactly what you want from this ring.
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