One of the most overwhelming parts of getting engaged is choosing a ring. Naturally, you want your partner to love the design just as much as you do, but where do you start?

Choosing an engagement ring is not nearly as simple as it used to be. There’s a lot more to consider than just the metal and the cut of a diamond.

If 2021 is the year you plan to purchase an engagement ring, these tips will help make the process a little less stressful.

Advice for Buying an Engagement Ring That’s Perfect for Your Partner

1. Trends are Fleeting.

You might turn to what’s trending when you first start shopping for an engagement ring, but timeless designs are better. Instead of turning to trends, use your partner’s current jewellery style as a guide. If they love wearing gold, it doesn’t make sense to get them a platinum engagement ring, even if you like it. Remember, your partner will be wearing this piece for the rest of their lives.

2. Consider Your Partner’s Lifestyle.

Speaking of your partner’s preferences, it’s also important to consider their lifestyle. Do they spend a lot of time outdoors? Do they play a particular type of sport? Lifestyle is another factor to consider when deciding on the size and style of the engagement ring.

3. Certificate Grading Isn’t Everything.

When you first start shopping for an engagement ring, you will hear a lot about the Four Cs: Colour, cut, clarity and carat. However, the grading on a certificate is not the only factor that should guide your decision. The look and feel of a stone is just as important as the grading.

4. Neither is Size.

There are still a number of people who believe the size of an engagement ring’s stone is a major factor. However, that go-big-or-go-home mentality is not something you need to jump on board with. Decide what’s more important to you and your partner before you decide that you need to purchase the biggest stone you can afford.

5. Opt for Ethically Sourced Stones.

Give your stone a bit of a backstory by finding out where it came from. It’s always best to purchase stones that were sourced from mines and suppliers that are known for their sustainability. Your jeweller can assist you with this information, but it doesn’t hurt to do a bit of your own research too.

6. Don’t Leave the Setting for Last.

If you’re planning to design your engagement ring from scratch, don’t leave the setting until last. Rather have a good idea of the type of setting you want before you start shopping around for a stone. Again, don’t focus too much on what’s trending, opt for a setting that’s timeless and that both you and your partner will love.

7. Work with a Professional.

One of the easiest ways to make the process of shopping for an engagement ring that much easier is to work with a professional jeweller. When you work with a jeweller, you can create or source a ring that meets all your size, shape and style requirements with ease.

Start Shopping Around

At the end of the day, buying an engagement ring is only about you, your partner and, of course, your budget. Enjoy this exciting part of the process by working with a professional jewellery designer such as Martins of Glasgow.

Contact us to discuss your ring requirements.