Buying an engagement ring
may be a little daunting as nobody does it every day! This is a once in a life time event and undoubtedly you want to get it right. Many questions will be buzzing around your head from, how much to spend? What style will she like? Will it even fit? Where do I start looking?
Put all your worries aside and start here with the Baker Brothers Engagement Ring Buying Guide so you can propose with confidence.What does she like and what is her finger size?
First and foremost is often the worry of “I don’t know her finger size”. The safest an easiest way around this is to buy in an average finger size. The average finger size in the UK tends to be around M or N. If you think your fiancé will vary from this dramatically it’s well worth mentioning it.
A good jeweller will make their rings up in this average finger size meaning in the vast majority of cases it will fit or at least be very close. A simple sizing can often adjust perfectly for the wearer. Bearing in mind there are more than 52 finger sizes that’s a lot to choose from! Indeed most lady’s will not have worn a ring on that finger before and won’t even know the size themselves. So it’s reassuring to know you needn’t fret over which of the 52 sizes to pick, simply let her pick when the time comes!
If style is your number one worry, don’t fear. Style is a tricky thing to get right for anyone buying for another person. When it comes to engagement ring style the biggest thing to consider is that this is a ring to be worn for decades. For this reason it is often best to steer clear of something too fashionable. The best styles are classic and timeless. A little twist on a classic is a great way to add a personal touch.
Classic styles will allow for a wide selection of wedding bands to fit along side.How much do I spend?
How much to spend has varied historically from 1 months to 3 month’s salary. Ultimately though you want to achieve that balance between what you feel comfortable spending and ensuring you are spending well. Nobody wants to find that they are tied to expensive upkeep, maintenance or repairs on a piece of special jewellery like this.
The adage that seems fitting in this circumstance is “Buy once, Buy well.” Do your research around your ideal budget but don’t forget to ask questions still once you reach the ring of choice. It could be that going for an alternative metal type to what you had expected could save you money in the long term for example.
Many jewellers can also be flexible on the size of diamond and qualities to accommodate your ideal budget. Ensure any jeweller able to do this can clearly and knowledgably explain the differences in this scenario. Some jewellers will sell a diamond they are buying from a list and have never seen. Wherever possible it is better to see the diamond in question and know the quality for certain.