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Choosing an Engagement Ring

Looking for the perfect engagement ring can feel overwhelming, particularly with so many options to choose from. That’s why we’ve made it easy with our simple guide to buying an engagement ring you’ll love and treasure forever.

Engagement Ring Guide

How to choose an engagement ring

If you’ve decided to pop the question and you’re thinking about buying an engagement ring, congratulations! We’ve put together a guide to help answer all your questions about how to buy an engagement ring. Read on for our advice, and don’t forget to book a consultation with our gem experts who can help you through the process.

Stone Types

Choosing a stone

As the saying goes ‘diamonds are forever’. So it should come as no surprise that diamonds are the perennial favourite stone for an engagement ring. Diamonds are a natural substance and no two gems are ever alike. Every diamond is a one-off, just like the one who’ll be wearing it.

If you’re thinking about choosing a diamond engagement ring, there can seem to be a dazzling array of choices, from different diamond cuts and colours to carat weight. As every diamond is completely individual, it’s important to find the right stone for you. That’s where we can help. Ask our team for our Guide to Buying Diamonds, or better still, come and see us for some friendly and helpful advice.

Considering a coloured gemstone? Sapphires are an increasingly popular choice for engagement rings, especially when teamed with the sparkling beauty of diamonds. Not only can blue sapphires offer a range of deeply entrancing colours, but they are also the second strongest gemstone, after diamonds. Rubies are in the same gemstone family as sapphires, and will be equally robust, as well as being found in a range of beautiful bright red colours.

Other gemstones like emerald (green), aquamarine (light blue) and tanzanite (violet blue) can be absolutely stunning when set as an engagement ring, but not as strong as diamonds, sapphires or rubies. Our expert team can help advise you on the perfect engagement ring gemstone to celebrate your unique love story.

Ring Styles

Choosing a style of ring

The simplicity of a single stone diamond engagement ring has a timeless appeal. If you’re choosing a single stone ring, the next step is to select which cut of diamond you prefer. This really is down to personal preference, so visit us at Hettich to take a closer look at a full range of diamonds to see them sparkle for yourself. From round brilliant cut to emerald cut, Royal Asscher cut, princess cut, marquise, pear-shape or even a heart-shaped diamond for the true romantic, we’ll help you find the perfect match.

Your diamond can be set in yellow gold, white gold or platinum. Setting styles can be traditional or modern when it comes to the number of claws, height of the setting, etc. Many engagement rings are now designed specifically to fit with a wedding ring.

However, a single stone is not the only story. A three-stone ring with a diamond or coloured stone centre creates an incredibly beautiful and wearable ring. Another popular option for engagement rings is a single stone with diamond-set shoulders, whether individually set, channel set or micropave. This creates a very attractive ring. You may be thinking of something larger and opt for a cluster ring. While this is a stunning possibility, it may present more of a challenge when matching it to your wedding ring.

Price Budget

How much should I spend?

It’s always good to have a budget in mind, so that we can show you options that are within your price range. While the traditional view used to be that the engagement ring purchase should be equivalent to one month’s salary, we feel that a diamond engagement ring is a symbol of your love, so it should be your decision. Its true value is the significance of what it means to you both and the thought that went into purchasing it, not how much it cost.

Choosing The Ring

Should we choose it together or should it be a surprise?

Either option is possible. We welcome many couples who want to choose an engagement ring together. But if you’re planning a surprise proposal, we can help you through the process of finding the perfect ring to suit your love’s style and personality. What kind of jewellery does she wear normally? Does she like simple, understated pieces, or statement jewellery? Does she love diamonds or is there a particular gemstone that means a lot to her?

If you don’t know your girlfriend’s ring size, then simply bring in one of her own rings that fits her ring finger, and we’ll be able to measure it for you.

And finally...

Follow your heart when it comes to choosing an engagement ring. When you find the one, you’ll just know.

An engagement ring is probably one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make. That’s why at Hettich, our experts are ready and waiting to help you every step of the way. It’s our pleasure to serve you and ensure that you find a ring to treasure forever.

And from all of us at Hettich, good luck!

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Engagement Selection

Thinking of taking the next step and making that commitment? View our range of elegant and unique engagement rings that will reflect the personality and dedication of your relationship.

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