Great advise by Cynthia Smith of Cynthia Smith Brides on how best to choose an engagment ring that is the perfect match for your future fiancée.
1. Don’t get caught up in a trend.
An engagement ring should be a timeless, classic symbol of your love that will last forever, so the goal should be to find the stone that is the perfect match for your future fiancée. Look at their current jewelry to see what would best suit his or her style. Are they a gold or a platinum person? Do they wear statement jewelry or instead opt for minimal pieces? Take cues from their current style to inform how you pick the piece they’ll want to wear every day for the rest of their lives.
2. A stone doesn’t have to be perfect on paper.
Diamond experts often site the “Four Cs” (aka color, cut, clarity, and carat), but certificate grading should be just one of the many factors in your decision-making. You don’t need a D Flawless stone to create a beautiful ring. It’s better to judge a stone by the feeling it gives you rather than the GIA grading (diamonds are graded from D to Z by the Gemological Institute of America) it received. The grade can serve as a starting point, but should not be the sole determining factor.
3. Don’t go it alone.
Engagement ring shopping can be a daunting task—get by with a little help from your friends. Ask those who’ve gotten engaged for jeweler recommendations and call upon someone who knows you and your future spouse and whose taste you love and respect for their opinion regarding aesthetics. Nine times out of 10 the person you’re buying for has an idea of what they want in their head and may have expressed it to said friend.
4. Size matters only if you (or your future fiancée) think it matters.
Go big or go home shouldn’t be the mantra, unless you think it’s the most important thing to your future spouse. In that case, weigh your options. Perhaps placing more of an emphasis on size and less on color and clarity is worth considering.
5. The setting shouldn’t be an afterthought.
After you’ve fallen in love with a stone, the next step is figuring out what to put around it. “My fiancé collaborated with one of my best friends, Montana Coady, to design my ring,” explains Smith. “Her advice was to think of the center stone as a piece of artwork and the setting as the frame. You can be bold and do something different and unique, but it is important that the ring reflect the style of the person who will be wearing it.” Find an expert whom you trust, give them an idea of what you want, and let them guide you in the right direction.
6. Don’t commit.
Unlike the matrimonial commitment you’re hoping to make, try to avoid entering into a binding agreement with the jeweler. Worst-case scenario, if your intended hates what you’ve come up with, you should be able to exchange it for something else. You want your future spouse to love both you and the jewelry you buy forever.
See our collection of engagment rings – we have a wide range of 18 carat white gold, yellow gold or platinum and diamond rings to suit your future fiancee. Modern or vintage you might find exactly what you are looking for here at William Mansell.