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A Man's Guide to buying the perfect engagement ring

So, you have decided to take the plunge and propose - congratulations!

It’s exciting, it’s heart racing but when it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring that is guaranteed to make the occasion complete, we know that you may need a little, or even a lot of guidance.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND ON AN ENGAGEMENT RING?

This is the most common question we are asked at Avita and the simple answer is that it depends on your own personal circumstances as well as taste.

Firstly, ask yourself what you can comfortably afford - this is the start of your life together so  don’t begin by overstretching yourself. Spend what is realistic to you and your lifestyle without cutting any corners or compromising on quality. She will wear this ring for the rest of her life so it has to be special.

Remember that the relationship between a man and his jeweller is important - at Avita we will help you get the best possible ring for your chosen budget.

SHOULD I SURPRISE HER OR SHOULD WE CHOOSE THE RING TOGETHER?

Some women love surprises whilst others prefer to be in control. Whichever option you choose as right for you, we are here to ensure that the ultimate outcome is a ring that she will love forever.

If you are really unsure, consider the idea of a ‘proposal ring’, where you buy in an inexpensive alternative to the real deal to use for the actual proposal moment itself then you can both return to find that ‘happy ever after’ ring.

When it comes to the wedding rings, she is likely to want to match it to her engagement ring, and at Avita our years of experience means that we are ideally placed to help.

picking rings together

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT STYLE SHE’LL LIKE?

If you are determined to surprise her, then firstly it pays to do your research.

Take her on subtle shopping trips or ask her best friend for advice (make sure she can keep secrets). Listen to her likes and dislikes and think about her style. Remember that this ring is for life and it is for her so your taste is not what it is about.

engagement ring proposal

HOW DO I FIND HER RING SIZE?

Nothing spoils a surprise more than finding your boyfriend rummaging in your jewellery box or asking not so subtle questions about what size their fingers are.

The average size is ‘L’, but try and research if you can but without spoiling the surprise. If you can find a similar sized ring but are not sure of the size, simply bring it to us or post and we can tell you the exact sizing.

Remember that too big is better than too small when it comes to proposing.

If you are still stuck then use a finger measurement gauge which you can buy from us here . Once you have the size send it back to use for a full refund or keep it as a souvenir.

GOLD OR PLATINUM?

This comes back to her personal style. Does she wear gold coloured jewellery or silver?

Don’t focus on the costume jewellery that she may wear on a night out that is more about fashion than sentimentality. Be guided more by the more precious keepsakes that she has.

As a current guide, 89% of our sales are in a white metal (i.e. either white gold or platinum). The remainder usually have the ring in yellow gold with just the diamond set in white gold.

DIAMONDS. WHAT’S BEST - SIZE OR QUALITY?

Hmmm. This all depends on budget as well as style. If money were no object what would you choose? At a guess it would be the big diamond that’s of the highest quality. If you can afford that, great, but many can’t. First set the budget and work from there.

So say that your budget is £3000 and you like the Anna ring, which has a round brilliant cut diamond. A guide to your options may be as follows;

 

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Diamond Size

0.30ct

0.50ct

0.70ct

Clarity

VVS1

SI1

SI1

Colour

E

F

H

Metal

Platinum

Platinum

18ct White Gold

Option 1 gives you a diamond very good on clarity, a white diamond and made in platinum. This ring maximises quality.

Option 2 gives a bit of everything; size, clarity, colour and platinum.

Option 3 maximises the diamond size. To do this we have to drop a little on the quality and use white gold.

It’s important to remember that even though we’re talking about the quality of diamonds, all of these stones are of a much higher standard and quality than you would find on the high street. 

Still confused? Don't worry. Give us a call and we can make sense of it all with some actual rings and diamonds and a cup of tea to calm your impending nerves.


Still confused? Don't worry. Give us a call and we can make sense of it all with some actual rings and diamonds and a cup of tea to calm your impending nerves.

What next?

If you have any more questions, need a little one to one advice or reassurance then please do e-mail me at hannah@avitajewellery.co.uk. I will be happy to help!

Best of luck!

All our engagement rings and wedding rings are customisable. So if you would like to add that little bit of detail to make it personal, give us a call.