Buying your Engagement and Wedding rings

Buying your Engagement and Wedding rings?  A few things to bear in mind if you can.

  1. Choose something classic in design – you are going to be wearing this ring for a long time and fashions change, so go for something that will still look good in 20 years time.
  2. Buy the best you can afford. This doesn’t mean the biggest stone.  Again you are going to be wearing this day in and day out for years, can what you are choosing stand up to all the wear and tear of everyday life?  Make sure the ring band is substantial and the stones you choose are hard wearing. E.g. diamonds, sapphire and rubies are all hard, opals are very soft and break, ask about the stones durability.
  3. Think about your wedding band when choosing the engagement ring.  Are you, or can you wear your engagement ring all the time? Does a straight band fit up against it, or are you going to have to get a shaped band made to fit around it. If you have to have a shaped band and can’t wear your engagement ring with it because of the work you do, will you like a shaped band on its own?  If you don’t, choose and engagement ring that will fit with a straight wedding band.
  4. What kind of job have you got? A high set solitaire can be lovely, but impractical if you work with children or elderly people, where it might scratch them.  If your hands are in and out of packaging it may be damaged easily.  Think about how practical it is for your life style.
  5. Make sure it fits you well.  The jewellery you are buying it from should be able to size it for you.  Remember the higher and heavier the stone setting the more it will turn on your hand.  The weight will cause it to turn on your finger.
  6. If you can’t find a ring you like, remember you could have it made specially to your own ideas.  You may be lucky enough to have been given an old ring with nice stones that could easily be re-set into a more stylish setting, saving you money while keeping a personnel sentiment.
  7. When choosing your wedding band try to make the two metals the same, to cut down on the wear between the rings. Take into account that , engraved patterns will eventually wear off.  Bands with diamonds all the way around are difficult to size.  ( Unfortunately our fingers get bigger as we age) If you want a very thin wedding band make sure the band has some depth to it so it will last.