The Festive Season is traditionally a time of celebration and love, a time to look forward to new beginnings as the New Year fast approaches. This makes Christmas time the perfect opportunity to ask your loved one “will you marry me?” and begin to plan your happy ever after. In fact in a recent poll Christmas Eve took first place as the most popular day of the year to propose marriage.
So, if you are planning to propose this Christmas you will of course need to give some serious thought to the perfect engagement ring that will grace the finger of the person you plan to send the rest of your life with. Here at Rêve Diamonds we have many thousands of men, women, and happy couples come through our showroom doors each year looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring, and we know full well that this can be quite a daunting task. So here are a few pieces of advice to guide you through the process of finding the perfect diamond engagement ring at the perfect price:
- Set you budget
Buying a diamond engagement ring is a significant investment and they say that a diamond engagement ring should cost at least a month’s salary. When beginning the quest for the perfect engagement ring for your Christmas proposal first and foremost we advise that you set a realistic budget and spend only what you can afford. Once you have set your budget this will to some extent determine the choice of rings that you have.
- Do your research
Do not make the mistake of shopping for a diamond engagement ring from a person/retailer that is not a true professional. To make the right purchase you will need expert advice from a highly experience and qualified jeweller such as Rêve Diamonds. Also you must ensure that the diamonds that they sell are certificated by one of the leading diamond laboratories such as the GIA, HRD or IGI. As with most things in life, the better prepared you are, the better the results will be!
- Know your diamonds – The Four C’s
Ensure that you understand the basics about diamonds and the all-important ‘4C's’, these being colour, cut, clarity and carat. All these factors should be considered equally when comparing diamonds and we always advise that you need a good balance between the colour and clarity. However, it is widely held that more than any other factor; it is how the diamond is cut that will determine its defining characteristic.
Remember that with diamonds size isn't everything, it is the cut that directly influences the stone’s ability to absorb and reflect light to impart brilliance and sparkle. If a diamond is cut incorrectly then its sparkle will be compromised. It is how the 57 or 58 facets cut on the diamond's surface are angled and sized that dictates how light reflects and exits the diamond, an effect known as its "fire". Cuts that are too deep or too shallow will make the diamond less brilliant.
Therefore, do not be misled into thinking that the bigger the stone, the better the ring, and the better the chance that she will say yes! With diamonds the carat (weight) doesn’t always have to be large to be expensive, and in fact many women prefer to have a well cut quality diamond engagement ring over a large but more inferior stone – and at the end of the day she will be the one who will be wearing the ring every day.
- Choose A Shape That Will Flatter
The cut will also determine the shape of the diamond and this is an important factor to consider when choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring. The most popular common shape is perhaps the round cut brilliant diamond with the princess cut in second place, but others include the emerald, the pear, the marquise, the oval and the heart shape.
When choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring you should always consider the shape of the ring in relation to the shape and size of your fiancés fingers/hands. For instance, for those with shorter fingers elongated styles like pear, marquise or an oval cut diamond ring are more flattering. Avoid wide bands as these tend to make the fingers appear shorter than they really are. The radiant and princess cuts, or other rings with square shaped diamonds set within, are best for women who have long fingers. If your fiancé has large hands, then do not choose a delicate ring setting, or slender narrow diamond on her finger. If you are still unsure on which shape of diamond engagement ring to choose then perhaps take a look at the style of rings that she currently chooses to wear as this may give you a guide to what suits her and her personal taste.
- Ring Size
This can be a tricky part of the process as ensuring that the diamond engagement ring fits perfectly is of course dependent upon knowing the correct ring finger size of your loved one. If you wish to keep your Christmas marriage proposal a secret until the day then you could consider one of the following tactics:
Borrow one of her rings or trace one of her rings on a piece of paper and take it to your chosen jeweller.
Ask one of her friends or family her ring size or to find out on your behalf.
Have her try on a ring you are pretending to buy for another friend or family member or have her try on one of her friends’ engagement rings.
We are happy to send you a Free Finger Sizer by post upon request to help you with determining the correct size of engagement ring.
Or you could ask her!
Although your actual marriage proposal can be a nervous moment – will she say yes or won’t she? With these helpful hints on choosing your perfect ring the team here at Rêve Diamonds hope that when you go down on bended knee to pop the question you will at least feel that you have done your best to pick the perfect diamond engagement ring. However, if you are still feeling unsure about choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring for your Christmas marriage proposal then we are happy to help by providing you with a Cubic Zirconia ring free of charge that can be used during your proposal. This substitute ring can then be exchanged for the real thing when your visit our London showrooms to purchase your engagement ring together after the proposal.