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The engagement ring you buy her is the most significant piece of jewellery she will ever own, a stunning symbol of lifelong commitment and it’s important that you take time to choose one that is just right. But where do you start? Here are some important points to remember.
Before you go out shopping for your engagement ring, do some research first! There are lots of different styles of rings and different stones from which to choose. You might like to start by thinking about her lifestyle and how she lives – if she enjoy sports and has an active lifestyle then look for a ring with a stone that won’t scratch easily and a setting that is robust. A rub over setting with the diamond flush with the shank is more secure, but a claw setting allows more light to bounce off the facets of the diamond and creates more sparkle. And don’t be afraid of alternatives, there are lots of coloured stones such as sapphires and rubies that make stunning engagement rings.
You will need to consider which metal would be best. Yellow gold is available in 9ct or 18ct as is white gold. White gold is plated in a thin coating of rhodium to give it that really white shine, but this will wear off and needed re-plating every 18 months or so. Platinum is the strongest metal and is resistant to tarnish so is the no.1 choice of many people choosing an engagement ring.
Look at different styles of rings and cuts of diamonds and remember the essential 4 C’s.
Ask advice as to the style of ring that will best suit your soon- to- be fiancé’s hands – small hands and short fingers do not suit a wide band, and equally a ring with a single small stone and narrow band will look lost on larger hands. An elongated stone such as a pear or marquise cut can make fingers look longer.
The best solution is to come into Winsor Bishop’s where we have been selling engagement rings for 180 years. Our experienced staff will really listen to you and spend time with you advising on which would be the perfect ring for your engagement. Relax with a glass of fizz in our Bridal Boutique and Champagne Bar with hundreds of rings to choose from starting at £595 (and we can also offer 0% finance).