With holidays abroad looking more likely now, a lot of people will be holding out on popping the question in order to do so on holiday. Holiday proposals have always been very popular, but no matter where you plan to propose, choosing an engagement ring is one of the most important things and can often be a minefield.
There are so many things to consider when choosing an engagement ring and, as this is a piece of jewellery that will be worn for a lifetime, it’s important to get it right. With this in mind, here are 5 things you should know about choosing an engagement ring.
Trending Jewellery Pieces
Traditionally, engagement rings were silver bands with elegant, clear diamonds. Now, coloured stones and different band materials are becoming more and more popular. Green stones, such as emeralds, are increasingly more popular, whereas black diamonds with gold bands are a stunning alternative to the traditional pieces. Art deco is set to be huge in 2021, with art deco engagement rings in big demand for partners looking for a beautiful ring to propose with.
Cost and Pricing
Long gone are the days of spending three month’s salary on an engagement ring and now, when it comes to buying engagement rings, you should spend enough that it feels like a huge investment, but not too much that you are then unable to save for the wedding or honeymoon.
There is no set cost for engagement rings, so spend what feels comfortable for you, however different styles of rings do naturally differ in price. Vintage engagement rings are visually stunning and often very well made and add into the age of the jewellery piece too, you can then expect to pay a slightly higher price. The same goes for custom or specially designed jewellery pieces, too.
Consider Designing Your Own
If you’ve been looking for engagement rings, but are struggling to find something you like, then don’t forget that you can design your own engagement ring! Have a think about the types of jewellery your partner usually wears, for instance do they prefer silver or gold? Colourful or simple? Take a look at their wardrobe too and if you are designing your own, take some inspiration from that also.
Get The Right Ring Size
In an ideal world, you’ll be able to find out your partner’s ring size on the sly and take this into a jewellery shop, but it isn’t always that easy. Thankfully, there are some ways that you can make a guess on the right ring size once you know what questions to ask. If you want to work out the right ring size, without having to take an actual ring into a jewellery shop, then you can use a pen and piece of paper to trace the inside circumference of an existing ring which you can then give to the jeweller.
Keep Your Timeline In Mind
If you are planning to propose, then it is important to to think about the timeline that you are working towards. For instance, if you know that you are planning to propose whilst on holiday, then obviously you have this time frame to work towards and make sure that the ring is ready with plenty of time – you don’t want to be rushing around trying to get it sorted the day before you leave! When you purchase a ring, you will naturally have to wait a little while whilst it is made to the size provided on ordering so be sure to ask how long it will take beforehand.