The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Engagement Ring Shopping

The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Engagement Ring Shopping

Choosing an engagement ring is a significant task, filled with excitement and meaning. The days of merely deciding between a princess or emerald cut, white gold or yellow gold, are long gone. Today, with the rise of lab-grown diamonds and a huge array of unique, personalised designs, the journey of selecting an engagement ring has become more extensive and exciting. However, it can also feel overwhelming.

Interestingly, 79% of partners share their ring preferences before getting engaged, yet only 43% have a clear vision of their dream ring. To help, here's our expert guide to mastering the art of buying an engagement ring, or gracefully guiding your loved one to find the perfect piece for you.

Explore the Modern Spectrum

The world of engagement rings has evolved dramatically. From classic solitaire diamonds to avant-garde custom designs, the options are limitless. At Skydiamond, we believe in taking the time to explore both traditional and contemporary styles. Our lab-grown diamonds offer a sustainable and ethical alternative, providing the same brilliance and beauty as mined diamonds.

Understand Preferences Early

While 79% of individuals express their ring preferences before the proposal, there's still a significant gap in knowing the exact details. Pay attention to your partner’s jewellery preferences. Do they prefer classic, vintage, or modern styles? Are they drawn to certain metals like gold, platinum, or white gold? Sneak a look at their existing jewellery or chat with close friends or family members for advice.

Set a Budget

Before you start shopping, determine how much you're willing to spend. Engagement rings come in a wide range of prices, and having a budget helps narrow down your options. Remember, it's not just about the price but the value and significance of the ring.

When setting a budget for an engagement ring, start by assessing your current financial situation to determine an amount that you’re comfortable spending without straining your finances, remembering that the engagement ring is just the beginning of many future expenses together. It’s also important to consider any hints or direct suggestions your partner may have given about their dream ring, as balancing your partner's desires with your budget is crucial for a perfect choice.

Choose the Right Setting

When it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring, the setting is crucial. It doesn't just showcase the diamond; it adds personality, flair, and a unique touch to the ring. Imagine the timeless elegance of a classic solitaire, the enchanting sparkle of a halo design, or the rich symbolism of a three-stone setting. The options are endless, each offering a distinct way to tell your love story. Whether you dream of vintage-inspired romance or sleek modern chic, there's a setting that perfectly captures your style and sentiment, making your ring truly one-of-a-kind.

Here are the 5 most popular engagement rings for you to choose from.

Select the Metal

When it comes to choosing the metal for your engagement ring, it's not just about finding a pretty hue. Each metal has its own unique characteristics, from durability to aesthetics, that can dramatically influence the overall look and feel of your ring. Classic gold, whether yellow or white, offers timeless beauty and versatility, fitting seamlessly with a variety of styles and settings. Sleek platinum, known for its durability and hypoallergenic properties, provides a sophisticated and modern appeal, perfect for those seeking a long-lasting and low-maintenance option. 

Or if you or your partner are looking for something a little different, maybe consider mixed metal designs. These are becoming increasingly popular, allowing you to combine the best of both worlds for a truly bespoke ring. 

What makes our engagement rings even more special is our commitment to sustainability. We use recycled precious metals in all of our designs, ensuring that your ring is not only beautiful but also eco-friendly. By choosing recycled metals, we reduce the demand for newly mined materials, which helps to minimise the environmental impact of our jewellery.

No matter your preference, there's a metal to suit everyone, ensuring your ring is as unique and special as your love story.

Consider Customisation

If you're seeking a truly unique piece, Skydiamond offers two distinct customisation services to cater to your needs: demi-bespoke and completely bespoke.

Demi-Bespoke Service: Our demi-bespoke service allows you to personalise an existing design from our collection. You can select different metal types, stones, and settings to create a piece that aligns with your preferences while maintaining the core design. This option provides a blend of personalisation and convenience, resulting in a beautiful ring tailored to your taste.

Completely Bespoke Service: For those who desire an entirely original creation, our completely bespoke service is the perfect choice. This service lets you work closely with our expert designers to bring your unique vision to life. From initial sketches to the final product, every detail is crafted to reflect your partner's personality and the essence of your relationship. This ensures your engagement ring is truly one of a kind, a stunning reality of your imagination.

Additionally, we offer complimentary resizing to ensure your ring fits perfectly, and you can also discuss engraving options with us to add a personal touch. At Skydiamond, we're dedicated to making your engagement ring not only beautiful but also uniquely yours.

All you need to do is contact us to get started.

Plan the Proposal

Once you've secured the perfect ring, think about how you'll propose. A well-thought-out proposal can make the moment even more special. Consider your partner's personality and preferences—whether they would appreciate a private, intimate setting or a grand, public gesture. And don’t forget to tag us in your pictures @byskydiamond.

Choosing Skydiamond for your engagement ring means selecting a treasure of timeless love and unwavering commitment. Our man-made engagement rings are hand-crafted with the finest sustainable materials and designed to last a lifetime. Our collection features a range of styles, from classic solitaires to modern designs, ensuring you find the perfect ring to suit your taste. With Skydiamond, you’re not only investing in a beautiful symbol of your love but also supporting a commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. Let us help you find the ring that will be cherished forever.

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