Engagement Ring Guide

When finding your perfect ring you will need to consider the personality of the person you are buying for, will they want something super sparkly or something understated. Will they need something practical that they can wear every day or will they not be able to wear a ring to work?

Choosing Your Ring

The diamond

Finding the right diamond will be deciding on the right balance of carat, colour, clarity and cut for more help with this visit our Diamond education pages. Deciding on the shape of diamond will depend on the person you are buying for, will that want something traditional like a round diamond, or more modern like a Princess cut? If you think they would like something more unusual then one of the fancy shapes maybe be a good choice. Cushion cuts have grown a lot in popularity over the last few years which are closer to an old fashioned cut of diamond, a combination of round and Princess Cushion cuts are square or oblong in shape with rounded corners. If you think she would like something with an understated sparkle then an Asscher cut or Emerald cut would suit, these cuts of diamond have less facets and produce a mirror like sparkle.

Ring style

Choosing the style of ring she would like is usually easier than you would think, a solitaire will be perfect for someone who would like something very classic, traditional or simply to show of one beautiful center diamond. Going for a shoulderset design will add a bit of sparkle to the band for those who would prefer to see more diamonds whilst still looking delicate and showing off that main diamond. A halo really maximises the sparkle of the overall ring and increases the size of the main stone for those who wish to make more of a statement. A trilogy design will cover the top of her fingers with three diamonds and makes for a traditional style ring.

Setting style

How you set the diamond will affect how it sparkles, a four claw setting will shoe off a lot of the stone and allow the light to shine through. Six claw settings can increase the roundness of the appearance of the diamond but you lose the ability to see the point from the side view, this is a very secure setting though as you have more claws surrounding the diamond. Consider whether you would like a high setting to show off the diamond and make it look larger or a lower setting where the diamond is more protected from day to day wear, less likely to catch on clothing etc. A bezel setting is more modern in appearance, it accentuates the shape of the diamond set within in it and is very secure but allows less light to shine through it as more of the stone is covered.


The metal often reflect the colour or style of jewellery already owned by the person you are buying for, it makes sense to match their existing style. Gold is traditional and luxurious in appearance and lends itself easily to warm skin tones. White gold or Platinum are very popular choices, the whiteness of the metal reflects through the diamonds increasing their sparkle. Rose gold has had a resurgence over recent years with the soft tone slightly gentler than traditional gold.

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