Ahh, who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle! Summer is one of the most popular times (after Christmas!) for that all important question to be popped, so if you’re a recently engaged reader, huge congratulations, and welcome! Whether you’re going on the shopping spree of a lifetime and picking out your own engagement ring, or your groom’s the traditional sort and wants to have it chosen in advance, it’s important to keep in mind a few key things before taking the plunge, and deciding that ring is the one!
Appleby Jewellers off Grafton St in Dublin, have been offering the very best in engagement rings, and wedding bands to Irish customers for generations, so were happy to share today’s essential guide!
“Choosing an engagement ring is undoubtedly an exciting stage in any relationship – it’s a visual representation of your commitment to your partner, and so it’s totally understandable to want it to be perfect! However, there are several things to consider before settling on your chosen ring. From the composition to the cost, the stone to the setting, there are various aspects that can affect a ring’s sparkle and suitability.
The Four C’s
Whenever you’re making a jewellery purchase that features a diamond, it’s important to consider the 4 C’s – Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat. These aspects define the main features of a diamond (shape, shade, flaws and weight, respectively). Generally, rings with higher clarity and carat will be pricier, as will stones with a superior cut or clear, unblemished colour, but the cost reflects the quality of the stone.
By making sure that your diamond is fully certified, you will give yourself total reassurance that it is authentic and has been crafted to the highest possible standards. Certification is awarded by independent laboratories, and because grading is not an exact science, there will be variations. Although visual beauty is a priority, you should always ensure that any diamond you buy has been certified by a reputable laboratory, to validate its characteristics and assure you of its quality.
Of course, choosing a ring isn’t all about the diamond. Deciding on a precious metal for the band is also important – from gold or silver to white gold and platinum, there are a wide range of options available, so it’s a matter of selecting the one which best suits your style. Some couples also opt to engrave their engagement bands – this is a personal decision, but one which should certainly be considered.
Getting the size of an engagement ring correct is essential – if the ring is too big, it is much easier for it to fall off and become lost, and if it is too small, it will be exceedingly uncomfortable and may not even fit on the finger! Take a favourite ring along to the jeweller and ask them to ensure that your chosen engagement ring will fit in a similar way – this will help you to find the perfect fit! (Ed. note this is also a good trick for sneaky grooms looking to find out their brides ring size!)
A traditional engagement ring is a solitaire stone in a simple, elegant band, and this is the ideal choice for many couples up and down the country. However, don’t feel that this is your only option. Many people opt for unique variations on the conventional engagement ring structure – for instance, a dazzling vintage solitare, or a ring with multiple stones. Considering customisation will ensure that your ring is perfectly suited to your tastes rather than universal expectations.”
Image Credit: Jose Villa
So there you have it ladies and gents, great advice to keep in mind when picking an engagement ring! Once you have the quality and authenticity sorted, after that throw out the rule book and just pick a ring that you love, even if it doesn’t fit into traditional engagement ring expectations! If you’ve recently got engaged, I’d love to hear your proposal and engagement stories, so be sure to leave a comment and share your experience!
Thanks to Appleby’s for sharing their words of wisdom! To check out their selection of gorgeous engagement rings, be sure to visit the website or pop into their Dublin store.