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How to Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring


Finding the perfect ring to propose to your partner with is no easy challenge. After finding a subtle way to ask for their ring size and establishing your budget, you’ve then got the cut, carat, clarity, and colour to think about. Not everyone has a natural eye for spotting engagement rings, but don’t worry! Here at Angelic Diamonds, we have put together an interactive calculator that tells you what to look out for when it comes to buying the perfect ring and how to find the one that suits them the best.

The ultimate question is, what suits their hands the best? Everyone is different, so what suits one person will not necessarily be favoured by the other. We have taken this into account when creating our engagement ring buyers’ guide. Allow Angelic Diamonds to help pick the perfect ring for you with just a few simple questions to answer.

How do I choose an engagement ring for long and wide fingers?

If your partner has this type of hands, then you have an abundance of shapes and styles to ponder over. From princess diamond rings to round to Asscher, all these variations of rings best suit those with long and wide fingers.

What engagement ring shape is best suited for small and slender fingers?

There are numerous different shapes that complement small and slender fingers from our intricate range of engagement rings. For a simple yet elegant look, round diamond rings and oval diamond shapes capture this perfectly. If you prefer an engagement ring that has a commanding and sharp structure, emerald or cushion-shaped rings reflect this.

How about an engagement ring for average-sized hands?

If your partner’s hands don’t really fit into any of these categories or are somewhere in between, there are many engagement ring shapes that can be crafted together to match this. Heart-shaped is an adorable and elegant shape that goes well with these types of hands. Not only that, but pear, cushion, and round-shaped offer a diverse selection of shapes to flatter their finger perfectly.

What else is there to think about?

After establishing what shape suits their hand best, you’ve got all the other aspects of an engagement ring to choose from. Then it is left for us to select the ultimate engagement ring to present your partner with.

What clarity of diamond should I choose?

When it comes to the clarity of the diamond, this is all based on their personal jewellery preferences. For those that opt for a subtle and discreet jewellery piece, a 0.30/VS1 clarity sized engagement ring will satisfy exactly that. On the other hand, for a big and bold look that screams luxury and expense, a 2.00/VVS2 clarity size is ideal. For a more classical ring that ‘looks the part’ for the perfect proposal gift, a 1.00/VS2 clarity size reflects this perfectly.

What cut of diamond looks the biggest?

Whether you prefer a subtle or a bold look to your jewellery pieces, one thing we all have in common is wanting our jewels to look as luxurious and expensive as possible. When it comes to achieving this, how big the diamond in the centre of the engagement ring looks plays the biggest part.

Round cut diamonds are one of the most popular engagement rings to opt for. Despite being cut into a shallower structure than other rings, the 58 diamond facets they include are designed to reflect the light and make the sparkle more intense. It is the sparkle of the diamond that makes it appear bigger than what it is.

As for marquise diamond rings, they have a thinner and more elongated shape. Its long shape gives the illusion that the diamond is bigger than what it is. Although typically crafted together with a solitaire setting, you could opt to add extra accent stones to enhance how sparkly it is too.

For those that want their engagement ring to hold the biggest diamond centre piece, halo cut rings will satisfy exactly that. Creating a ring – or ‘halo’ – of smaller diamonds around one central stone will create a striking setting that exaggerates the size the centre stone. To highlight how sparkling the ring appears, opting for a white gold or platinum metal will reflect light from the diamonds even further.

The average carat size of an engagement ring crafted in the UK is between 0.5 and 1 carats. However, choosing a carat size that you can afford should be the ultimate determinant.

What metal should an engagement ring be?

Although many are quick to assume that traditionality is key when it comes to engagement rings, this isn’t true. Don’t let tradition restrict your engagement ring decisions! For a rather unusual and unique ring, rose gold is perfect. For a chic and more stylish colour, platinum and palladium metals dazzle with extravagance and sophistication.

What is the latest style in engagement rings?

Whether it be clothing, interior décor, or jewellery pieces, everyone’s style is unique in some way. With this said, it is important to consider your partner’s style preferences when picking the ultimate engagement ring. If they prefer a more elegant and graceful look, then three-stone, shoulder, or bezel rings are styles they will adore. On the other hand, if they prefer the more dazzling side to things, halo, vintage, or cluster style rings embed elements of bling and confidence. For those that opt for subtlety and delicacy, a solitaire engagement ring or a tension style ring will fulfil their style preferences the best.

How much should I spend on an engagement ring?

Although the average amount of money spent on an engagement ring in the UK stands at £1,483, there is no definitive answer to exactly how much you should spend on an engagement ring. This should mostly be determined by your budget and how much you can afford.

However, our recent data finds that the region of the UK you live in could also affect how much you spend. We analysed over 5,000 unique sales purchases between September 2019 and September 2020 and discovered which UK towns spent the most and least when it comes to engagement rings.

Coming out on top for spending the most money on an engagement ring is Bridport, who spend an average of £6,118. The town that has the second highest budget for engagement rings is Barmouth, Wales, who spend on average £4,260. In third place, those in Chinnor dedicate a hefty £4,053 towards the perfect engagement rings to propose with.

Despite some people splashing the cash on an engagement ring, this doesn’t mean to say you have to also. After all, an engagement ring acts as a symbol of the commitment you and your partner have to each other, so the price of the piece shouldn’t be what counts!

Using our interactive, Angelic Diamonds can help you find the perfect engagement ring to present to your partner. Allow our engagement ring calculator to do the thinking for you and watch as we select the engagement ring that meets all your demands and desires.

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