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As wedding planners, we know the journey to the altar doesn’t start with the proposal. It starts with choosing the perfect engagement ring to give your partner! However, picking out a timeless, beautiful, and budget-friendly ring your partner will love can be challenging. In this post, we’ll walk you through the most crucial aspects to consider when choosing an engagement ring. We’ll also present several approaches you can take while shopping for one!

How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

Identify (And Stick To) Your Budget

When shopping for an engagement ring, the first step you should take is establishing a realistic budget. It’s a crucial step to prevent you from overspending before the wedding planning has even begun! Moreover, setting a budget will narrow the field of engagement rings to make your decision-making process more manageable.

Of course, setting a budget doesn’t mean you have to “skimp” on an engagement ring. Try to strike a balance between quality and cost. For example, you might opt for a simple band or a small gemstone, freeing up your budget to select a high-quality stone with optimal cut and clarity. This approach will ensure the ring is affordable and meaningful to your partner since you intentionally selected every component!

Remember the 4 C’s

If a traditional diamond is your chosen gemstone, it’s crucial to consider the four C’s: Cut, Carat, Colour, and Clarity. These factors determine a diamond’s overall quality! When choosing a stone, try to weigh these factors against your budget and your partner’s preferences. Would your partner prefer a small, high-quality diamond or a larger diamond with less optimal marks in the other categories? Your jeweler can help you select a diamond that meets your standards to create a beautiful and meaningful ring to give your partner.

How to choose the perfect engagement ring

Consider Alternative Gemstones and Settings

While diamonds are beautiful and classic, they aren’t for everyone! Nor are they the most sustainable option for an engagement ring. Consider exploring alternative gemstones, like ruby, emerald, or sapphire, and unique settings that align with your partner’s personality and style. You know your partner best, so don’t feel stuck buying a “traditional” ring! 

Currently, personalised and non-traditional engagement rings are trending across the wedding industry, giving couples more options than ever for declaring their love. You might opt for a uniquely shaped band that reminds you of your partner or an eclectic vintage ring. No matter where your creativity takes you, we encourage you to think outside the box and consider options beyond the classic diamond solitaire ring.

Moreover, when selecting a diamond or other gemstone, consider sustainability by exploring options like responsibly sourced diamonds certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council. Other eco-friendly alternatives include lab-grown diamonds and recycled gemstones. 

Now that you have a more precise idea of the kind of ring you want and can afford, let’s consider your shopping and buying options.

3 Ways to Shop for an Engagement Ring

Go Solo

Traditionally, the partner proposing chooses the ring solo, bringing that extra element of surprise to the proposal. If you feel confident in your knowledge of your partner’s style, or if they’ve dropped enough hints to give you an idea of the kind of ring they’d like, this approach can be exciting!

However, consider your partner’s personality before going solo. If it’s clear they would prefer to have a hand in the process, respect their wishes by consulting them before choosing a ring. You can still make a surprise out of the proposal itself!

Ask the Bride or Groom’s Best Friend for Help

Seeking advice from someone close to your bride and groom-to-be can be the perfect middle ground between shopping alone or with your partner for an engagement ring. Someone like your partner’s best friend likely knows their tastes and preferences and may even have discussed in detail with them the type of ring they’d like. It’s also possible they know your partner’s ring size!

Diamond engagement ring flatlay with a turquoise velvet ring box

Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring Together

An engagement ring is a significant purchase, so don’t discount the value of shared decision-making, even if it means losing the surprise factor. Exploring different ring styles and gemstone options with your partner will ensure the final product reflects their wishes. Plus, there’s something so romantic about shopping together for the ring that symbolises your forever commitment to each other! 

While choosing an engagement ring can be difficult, these tips empower you to find the right option to suit your budget and your partner’s style and priorities. Moreover, remember you aren’t alone in this process! If you don’t feel comfortable “going solo,” you can always bring your partner’s best friend or even your partner into the process to ensure they love their ring. 

Now that you’re on track to picking the perfect engagement ring, it’s time to start planning your proposal! Get our top tips for planning this special moment between you and your partner. You can also contact Weddings by Loukia for expert support with planning!


Katja Scherle

Céline Chan

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