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How to choose an engagement ring?

How to choose an engagement ring?

Finding the perfect engagement ring can be a challenge, especially when you want to keep it a surprise. There are many designs out there and you want to make sure you pick the right one. Whether you’re choosing for yourself or surprising your partner, we answer the common questions about buying an engagement ring.

How much should you spend?

Often the first question that people ask themselves is ‘how much is the appropriate amount to spend on an engagement ring?’ and the honest answer is, it’s entirely up to you. In our opinion, the price of an engagement ring isn’t the most important factor, it’s about the sentiment behind it. It’s not always about the price tag, so don’t worry about spending a year’s wages on a ring, as we have a wide variety to suit all budgets.

How do you know what size?

Getting the right size ring when planning a surprise engagement can be a tricky operation. If you’re unsure of the size, there are two methods you could try. Method 1 is to borrow a ring that your partner wears on their ring finger and take it to your local jeweller for sizing. Then carefully return it like it was never moved.

If this isn’t possible, method 2 is to trace the internal circumference and compare it to an online size guide or bring the outline again to your local jeweller. As we said, it’s not easy, but if you do get the size wrong don’t worry as we can resize it post proposal!

What stone should you choose?

Sadly, not all stones are created the same and some just aren’t suitable for everyday wear. Whilst your partner may have their heart set on their birthstone, this isn’t always advisable as it may dull or damage easily over time. If you’re unsure about the strength of various stones, take a look at our Mohs hardness scale below. We are always happy to discuss different options, help you find similar stones or give advice on how to care for them to avoid damage.

If your partner is a fan of the classics, you can’t go wrong with a diamond, and for our best tips of finding the perfect diamond, just check our Diamond Buying Guide.

How do you choose a style?

Like any accessory, trends come and go. It’s important to bear in mind that an engagement ring is a piece of jewellery that will be worn daily with a variety of outfits, and personal style is a big consideration.

Are they a gold or silver person? Perhaps they’re a fan of vintage styles? Take note of what your partner typically wears, what colours do they gravitate towards, do they like detail or keep things minimalistic.

Design your own engagement ring

If you’re looking for something a bit more personal, we offer an entirely bespoke engagement ring service. This is a great way to add your own special touch, making the occasion more memorable. Whether you want to change an existing ring or design from scratch, we can help you create your ideal ring.

At Aleks Jewellers, we’re here to make the ring buying process as seamless as possible and can help you choose the perfect ring based on your specifications. We have a carefully curated selection online and in store and don’t worry if you get it wrong, as we offer a reliable ring repair and remodelling service. Visit us in store or browse through our selection online.

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