We all know that an engagement ring is one of the most important purchase you will ever make. It is a symbol of love for your girlfriend and a token of your willingness to take your relationship to the next level.
Whether you're a couple in love picking an engagement ring together or a gentleman looking for a surprise for his intended, our easy-to-read guide will help you in making an informed decision and choosing the perfect ring.
Our fine jewellery experts are happy to walk you through each step of the process as, we always focus on empowering our customers in helping them find the perfect engagement ring.
FIRST... ESTABLISH A BUDGET
The sky is the limit with diamonds so, it's a good idea to start looking with an ideal price range in mind.
Our experts can give you various options of rings and stones to suit your price range, leaving you to make a decision based on where you see value-perhaps a better cut, more carats or excpetional purity.
If you would like to discuss what you could get for your budget, please get in touch with us and we'll be happy to answer your questions.
If you and your potential wife-to-be browse our website together for an engagement ring then you can be certain it will fit and that she will like it. However, you are also denying the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show them how thoughtful and romantic you are.
If you can pull of the the following trifecta of suprises. Imagine the look of surprise your girlfriend will have when :
You propose to her.
The ring fits, and
It's exactly what she wanted.
FIND OUT HER RING SIZE
Many men fall at this hurdle, so be careful not to make the same mistake. If you can't find out for sure do not despair, changing the size afterwards is easy enough for our expert craftsmen. Getting it right first time just helps to show you have put genuine thought into the process.
Splendor Diamonds have unique resources that will help you find your girlfriend's finger size. It's really just that simple.
Want to keep it a surprise ? That's not difficult either. Click on the link below to figure out your girlfriend's ring size.
Most men will find this part the most daunting as you want to pick a ring that fits your girlfriend's unique style and preferences. You have to consider the lady's taste in jewellery and even what shape will look best on her hand ?
Does she have classic taste or prefer more contemporary designs ?
Does her sense of style lean towards antique or period styles, such as art deco or Victorian ?
Does she favour white or yellow metals ?
If you are struggling to choose then ask our experts to help you. Our jewellery designers and expert professionals have spent years in the jewellery industry trying to figure out what women want ? We provide the style definition for free as, we don't think it's something you should have to pay for.
If you have any other questions or would need more help with your girlfriend's style, taste or fashion trends, please get in touch with us for a personal consultation and we will be happy to answer all your questions.
Your girlfriend will likely have a preference of the type of metal and the colour for her engagement ring setting and we've created some guidance to help get you started, If you've done your research you will know what she prefers to wear but, we will educate you a bit further to aid your decision.
Yellow gold is made by mixing pure gold with alloy metals such as copper and zinc.
Rose gold is made using a mixture of pure gold with various alloys, with a higher concentration of copper than yellow gold. The copper gives it the rose-reddish tint.
White gold is an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silver and palladium.
Platinum is naturally silvery-white in colour so, no alloy is used. If your partner doesn't have a distinct preference for metal colour then you might have to make a judgement call.
If she is a traditionalist then she might prefer yellow gold but, at the moment the most popular engagement rings are white in colour (platinum), so we will focus on these two.
Platinum is extremely hard wearing and will last a very long time although, this is reflected in its price. Although another advantage of platinum is that it is naturally white in colour, therefore does not need rhodium plating like white gold.
18ct Yellow Gold is rich in colour and a classic metal with high gold purity. Gold is less expensive than platinum, yet highly valued. Yellow gold has a warm glow.
Explore our metals guide to learn the benefits and features of different precious metals like platinum and gold. Then consider personal preferences to decide on the best metal for you and your budget.
A ring's "setting" refers to the way in which the diamond is placed on the ring. Like everything else with an engagement ring, which setting you choose depends a lot on your girlfriend's preferences. The easiest way is to browse engagement ring settings on our website.
Now we are on the second part of your ring, the stone. Tradition dictates diamonds to be the stone choice for engagement rings. That's not to say you shouldn't go against tradition if you have prior knowledge of your girlfriend's personal taste. If this is the case, we suggest you to make an appointment with one of our experts to discuss other stones such as gemstones in greater detail.
When selecting a diamond, you will need to account for the famous "Four C's":
CUT - It refers more specifically to the proportions of the diamond and not the shape.
COLOUR - This refers to where they are graded according to their "whiteness".
CLARITY - It concerns how many (or few) mineral deposits or impurities affect the quality.
CARAT WEIGHT - Which defines the total weight of the diamond.
At Splendor Diamonds we've put together the tools to educate you more about diamonds to help you pick the perfect diamond.
PICK A DIAMOND SHAPE THAT MATCHES YOUR FIANCE'S PERSONALITY
Did you know that the shape of a diamond your fiance prefers may reveal something about her personality ? There are many different shapes to pick from for an engagement ring. From square to round, and teardrop to heart-shaped, each shape has a unique meaning and appeals to different tastes.
Find out more about each shape - and which one fits or your fiance's personality the best ! Maybe she is traditional & conservative, or perhaps glamorous & dramatic or even adventurous. There are 10 basic diamond shapes to choose from : round, princess. emerald, cushion, pear, radiant, heart, oval, marquise & asscher.
And note, the term diamond cut does not refer to its shape. While you must cut a diamond to make a shape, the shape is essentially the overall geometry or form of the diamond (round, square and so on), while the cut is the diamond's facets and proportions - the things that give diamonds their brilliance and fire. Please click on the images to see the ring designs for the stone you like.
ROUND - A round brilliant cut diamond is one of the most popular cuts for engagement rings. Consisting of 58 facets, a round diamond is designed to produce as much sparkle as possible. The quintessential cut, it's versatility means you can set it in a halo, finish it with side diamonds or wear it as an elegant solitaire. Women who favour this cut are traditional, classic and timeless.
PRINCESS - Another popular option, the princess cut diamond is favourite among women who want a traditional-shaped beautiful engagement ring but, with a little something extra. The stone's four pointed corners make it an excellent choice for a woman with a modern personality. Women who favour this cut are traditional with a modern edge & with their fingers on the fashion pulse.
EMERALD - Created in the art deco period, the emerald cut boasts long, glamorous lines & suits women with long fingers. Worn by starts like Elizabeth Taylor & Grace Kelly, the emerald cut ring reflects the glamour of a Hollywood screen goddess. Women who favour this retro-inspired design are very confident, risk takers and the centre of attention.
CUSHION - The cushion cut, also known as the pillow cut, harks back to an era of romance and elegance over a century ago, used to the most popular shape a round, adding a touch of vintage to the ring. It evokes the glamour of the 1920's. This cut gets its name from the rounded corners and curved sides that make it appear softer. Women who favour this cut are feminine & romantic.
PEAR - Also known as teardrop, the pear-shaped diamond is a hybrid of styles. The pear is especially flattering to a hand with small to average-length fingers. Women who love the brilliance and fire of the round cut diamond but, would like a unique shape to match their own styles and sensibilities. Women who favour this cut play by their own set of rules.
RADIANT - It's elongated shape is great for women who feel their fingers are shorter than average - but it's square sides lend a modern responsibility. True to it's name, a radiant cut diamond catches the light in a big way. Women who favour this cut are traditional with a modern twist.
HEART - The heart is the ultimate symbol of romance and sentiments especially when presented in an engagement ring. This finely-crafted shape in a delicate shaped ring is always seen as a very obvious symbol of never ending love. Women who favour this cut are emotional and thoughtful.
OVAL - The oval cut is similar to the round one, and perfectly symmetrical in design, traditionally popular among women with small hands or shorter fingers. It's elongated shape gives a flattering illusion of length. Women who favour this cut are bold, unique and sophisticated.
MARQUISE - King Louis XIV of France requested a new diamond cut for the woman he loved and the fancy cut was born. It's elongated shape lengthens the ring finger. The shape of the stone is made to maximise carat weight which can appeal to women with a flair of drama. Women who favour this cut love being the centre of attention.
ASSCHER - Nearly identical to the emerald cut, this shape evokes the same dramatic feel of 1920's art deco and vintage designs. Beloved by Hollywood, the asscher cut has adorned iconic figures such as Elizabeth Taylor & Gwyneth Paltrow. Women who favour this cut like to stand out from the crowd with an engagement ring that will attract lots of admiration.
So by now you should be armed with all the knowledge you need to take your first steps in the complex world of buying an engagement ring. There are a couple of other things you will need to consider such as conflict free diamonds, certificates and insuring your ring.
At Splendor Diamonds, we operate ethically and fairly. Every diamond that we use is responsibly sourced and conflict free, in line with the guidelines set out by The Kimberly Process. So when you wear a piece of diamond jewellery from Splendor Diamonds, you can wear it with pride in the knowledge that it has not been sourced unethically or used to fund conflict at any time.
Certificates, also know as a diamond grading report, describe the quality of your diamond. Make sure you get one to verify the diamond's weight, measurements, cut and quality, which can be used for insurance valuation purposes.
Insuring your new ring is essential if you want to protect it against theft or damage.
We hope you have found this guide useful, if you have any other questions or if there is anything else you would like to discuss, please get in touch with us by clicking the link below and we will be happy to guide you through the process of choosing the perfect engagement ring.