Whether youâ€™re helping your fiancĂ© to-be pick out the engagement ring of your dreams or hunting for a ring for someone very special, deciding on the perfect piece is a one-of-a-kind experience that requires time and thought. Everything from style and materials to price and size has to be carefully considered. Here are our six tips for buying the perfect engagement ring and making the experience a moment youâ€™ll cherish forever.
Determine your budget
Before you even start hunting for the perfect piece itâ€™s essential to establish how much youâ€™re willing to spend. Going into a jewellery store without a predetermined budget will only cause unnecessary stress â€“ or unwanted debt. Figure out your price range so you have a clear idea of where to start looking.
Try, try, try
In order to figure out which style of ring suits your hands, itâ€™s important to try on a variety of pieces. How does each ring sit on your finger? Do the gemstones complement your skin tone? Are large or small stones more flattering? Take your time trialling each look to establish the right style for you.
If youâ€™re planning on surprising your fiancĂ©e to be, take her current tastes and jewellery wearing habits into consideration. Someone who wears very little jewellery on a day-to-day basis is unlikely to feel comfortable wearing something elaborate. Take one of her rings with you when you shop so you have an indication of her size.
Consider something bespoke
If youâ€™re looking for a design thatâ€™s truly unique, consider opting for a custom-made piece. This enables you to personalise the design and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind piece. All you need to do is take your inspiration into a Stewart Dawsons store and theyâ€™ll use their computer-aided design technology to ensure you end up with your dream ring.
Donâ€™t let your imagination limit you
An engagement ring doesnâ€™t have to be traditional. If you love colour, donâ€™t be afraid to show that in your choice of ring with colourful gemstones. Remember that this is something you will wear every day, not just at your wedding, so itâ€™s best to choose a more subtle tone.
If in doubt, keep it classic
If a colourful engagement ring isnâ€™t right for you, there are a plethora of traditional, timeless designs that will be. The classic and always enduring Stewart Dawsons 3-stone ring is an elegant option, with each stone representing a different chapter: the past, present and future. Another beautiful option is theÂ 4 or 6 claw solitaire ring.
Diamonds really are forever
Deciding on a gemstone can be difficult, but when it comes to your engagement ring itâ€™s hard to look past diamonds. Sophisticated, eye-catching and glamorous, this gemstone really is a girlâ€™s best friend. And as the hardest natural mineral known, diamonds symbolise a strong marriage.
To start the search for your dream engagement ring visit www.stewartdawsons.co.nz.