DCLA Diamond Exchange Guide to Engagement Rings
So you're considering an engagement ring? Congratulations! When choosing an engagement ring, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the information that is out there. However, there are really only two things that you need to decide on. Firstly, your choice of diamond, and secondly, what kind of setting. It is really that easy! Here's our guide to helping you make the right choice:
What's The Right Amount To Spend?
There is a lot of contradictory information around about how much an engagement should cost. The common wisdom is that it should cost two months' of your salary, but this is by no means a hard-and-fast rule. It is important that you combine value and quality to get a ring that will truly be enjoyed by you and your partner for years to come. There is no requirement to break the bank for a ring that you cannot afford!
Generally speaking, it is best to start with a budget and then purchase the highest quality diamond you can afford. This may mean compromising on other aspects of the diamond such as size, but when it comes to having something will hold its value and bring you value for years to come, we recommend quality over quantity any day!
What Precious Metal Should I Choose?
A good rule of thumb is noticing what the precious metal of your intended fiancee's other jewellery is. If you notice your fianceè wears a lot of gold jewellery, then that's a fair indication of what her preference for an engagement ring will be. Platinum is the classic choice for most engagement rings, but we believe that a couple's personal preference is much more important than any trend. We offer ring styles in platinum, rose gold, and yellow gold, so you're able to choose the right metal for your situation. If you want to learn more about the different types of precious metal available for engagement rings, we have listed them here. Platinum, rose gold, and gold are all great choices and you certainly can't go too far wrong by keeping to your instincts!
Choosing a Diamond That'll Last Forever
There are a lot of things to consider when picking the right diamond for your ring setting. The 4Cs of diamond valuation: carat, colour, clarity, and cut each contribute individually to the qualities of your diamond. Understanding exactly how each of these factors work together can make choosing the right diamond much easier, helping you find a balance between value and quality. All of DCLA Diamond Exchange's diamond are certified by our independent laboratory and graded to the highest international standards. We are proud of our diamond offering as we are able to guarantee the diamond's quality.
To find out more, read through our Diamond Education section. We provide all you need to know about the 4Cs to help you make the right choice.
As always, if you need any extra help when choosing an engagement ring, don't hesitate to speak to one of our gemologists. They'll be happy to explain anything regarding diamonds and engagement rings.