The prospect of starting a New Year is undoubtedly a thrilling one with thoughts of new beginnings. It’s a time for renewed energy and optimism for happy times to come and a time to take decisive action on some important life decisions that will shape your future.  So what better time after spending a fabulous fun filled Christmas with your partner to pop the question and ask her to marry you and start 2020 with an engagement announcement to your family and friends? Getting engaged at New Year is a great way to smile way those winter blues and perfect timing with the year ahead to plan the next phase of your life together. So with your New Year marriage proposal in mind the next big decision is finding the perfect engagement ring that will set her heart alight. Here at Reve Diamonds we have many thousands of people come through our doors each year to make that all important purchase and we understand that buying an engagement ring can be intimidating, and sometimes even a little scary. After all, this is one of the most important purchases you may ever make.  If you are feeling the pressure and unsure as to where to start we are here to help with five tips as to how to decide upon the perfect engagement ring for your New Year proposal:

  1. Research her style and likes
  2. Select a Shape
  3. Think about the setting
  4. Consider Metal Options
  5. Find out her ring size

Not every woman has the same style of clothing and taste in fashion, and the same follows for engagement ring style. While one woman might love the classic elegance of a traditional three stone diamond ring, another may prefer unique coloured gemstone rings. But how do you know which style is her style, how do you determine if your fiancé to be is a princess-cut, cushion-cut, or round-cut type of girl? Would she rather have platinum, white or yellow? Is she a modern girl or does she prefer classic fashion items or a vintage look? Well the answer is relatively simple; take some time to closely observe her tastes and preferences. Look at the style of any current rings or pieces of jewellery that she already owns and wears as this will give you a big clue as to her preferences so that you can choose an engagement ring that she will love. If she’s a low maintenance roll-out-of-bed kind of lady, a simple, easy to wear ring might be the answer but, if she typically spends more time on her hair and makeup, she might be a bit more into some bling! Stalk her social media to see if she has commented upon other women’s engagement rings or saved images on sites such as Pinterest.

Does she ever express an interest in a particular style when flicking through fashion magazines? Look for trends, for example are the rings that she likes platinum with a solitaire diamond, or does she prefer to go all out with the bling and would choose an engagement ring with a centre diamond and halo setting?   If you are still struggling for clues then why not speak to her female friends and/or relatives, in confidence of course!  If you can trust them with your secret – then you may well be able to gather a fairly accurate picture of her likes and dislikes.

Perhaps the most important piece of advice is not to buy something according to your own taste but to suit your bride-to-be’s taste. There are numerous shapes of diamonds to choose from that make up engagement rings. The most popular are perhaps brilliant round and princess, followed by cushion, emerald, square, oval, pear, and heart.  There is no wrong choice in the shape of diamond that you select; it is all about personal preference.  Unlike ever changing fashion trends, diamonds will never go out of style.

To narrow down your choices focus upon what will be important to your partner. If sparkle is a leading factor then choose either a round or princess cut as these have the most facets which are light-reflecting cuts and will therefore bring to your engagement ring maximum sparkle and brilliance.  If you want your diamond engagement ring to be more unique, then consider a more unusual cut like pear, oval, or heart. 

You have several options when it comes to your engagement-ring setting, from split shanks and prongs to pavé and bezels. For a classic look, go for a solitaire with either a solid metal band or, for added shimmer, a micro-pavé band. Looking for something more glamorous? Try a radiant, cushion cut, or emerald-cut stone with a halo or a diamond-studded band or for the ultimate symbol of love the trilogy engagement ring. There are a plethora of metal options for the band and settings of your engagement ring from the stunning silver colour of platinum to white to yellow and rose gold, and again this does  come down to personal preference.

If your spouse to be wears other pieces of jewellery that are predominantly yellow gold, you may choose to stay in that metal family. If her everyday accessories tend to be silver, platinum seems like an obvious choice. Also, consider what will look best on her skin tone. Don’t forget, you can always mix up your metals by introducing a different metal within your wedding-ring pairing. There is perhaps no more awkward moment than presenting your bride-to-be with a surprise engagement with a ring that’s too small. You go to slide the ring on her finger – and it doesn’t fit, awkward!! Visit our Ring Size Chart – Reve Diamonds – How To Measure Ring Size There are a few ways around this. First of all, step one is to determine her ring size.

You could do this by borrowing one of her rings for a few hours and bring it to the Reve Diamonds showroom to get it sized for the most accurate results. Alternatively we are happy to send you a Free Finger Sizer by post upon request that you can compare to a ring you know she wears a lot. Make sure you know that it is a ring that fits her ring finger, though! If she wears rings on other fingers, make sure you didn’t accidentally grab her pinky ring by accident!  If you are really unsure about her exact rign size then we always advise buying an engagement ring that’s too big, it will still fit on her finger and you can get it resized to fit her later. 

If you’re looking for the perfect ring to complement your big question for a New Year proposal, Reve you’ve come to the right place here at Reve Diamonds. We offer a choice from more than 100 handcrafted engagement ring designs, all of which can be customised to suit your needs and offer a 30 day return policy. We also have more than 10,000 loose diamonds and fancy coloured diamonds including yellow diamonds for those looking for something a bit different.  We also offer a bespoke service where your engagement ring can be made to your very own design to give you the perfect engagement ring.