CHOOSING YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING 101

THE TIPS & TRICKS FROM THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

A question was asked, and you’ve said yes – now the whirlwind of planning can begin as you select a ring that will not only announce your engagement to the world but also represent your individual style for a lifetime of joy.

Times have changed. Both partners in the relationship are more heavily involved with choosing the ring they want to wear for the rest of their lives. With LGBTQ+ couples there can be even less distinction on whom buys, who gives, and what the ring looks like, eg. two engagement rings for men or two bands for women that allows plenty of room for creativity.

Don’t forget also that engagement ring designs and options are more versatile than ever, so think outside the box if tradition doesn’t suit your tastes. And have the conversation about cost – all good marriages begin with open communication, and if that means discussing costs before buying, by all means, get the conversation going.

To begin this exciting and important part of your wedding preparations, we’ve asked our trusted jewellery professionals – Minzenmay Jewellers, Marlene Miller Antiques and Sally Rose – what to consider when choosing an engagement ring. Insider information, which we know will serve you well on your journey of sparkling discovery and gorgeous options for your engagement ring. Read on and happy shopping!

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER ARE THE RECENT TRENDS IN ENGAGEMENT RINGS?

Minzenmay, Mornington

Minzenmay

‘The elegant round brilliant cut 1 carat is a timeless classic that never goes out of style (we have the worlds rarest most brilliant diamond ‘Passion 8’ !) and is our most popular style, although some people are also choosing coloured stones for the main stone in a halo of diamond. A lot of our customers also choose to have custom made rings so they can personalise the ring  – we assist with providing a selection of stones for them to choose the ‘one that speaks to them’ and we empower our clients with knowledge so that they choose a stone that meets their budget and their requirements.’

Marlene Miller Antiques

‘Beautiful handmade diamond rings of interesting design are heavily trending as well as the very popular Aquamarine and Ceylon Sapphire with diamonds.’

Sally Rose

‘A lot of clients are opting for unusual stone shapes, cut’s and colours. Whether is be black or champagne diamonds or diamonds set with feature stones like ruby, sapphire or emeralds which gives the design a pop of vivid colour. Halo’s designs are still quite popular also.’

WHAT ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR CHOOSING AN ENGAGEMENT RING?

Sally Rose

Minzenmay

‘Listen – listening to your partner for the subtle hints that she will drop and looking at her current style, taking note of how she will wear the ring. This is important as a more hands on outdoors person is not going to suit a delicate ring or a large high set stone. Be clear on what is most important to her – is it size or is it clarity? Lastly, ALWAYS go for quality – choose a reputable trusted jeweller so that you can guarantee the authenticity of the stone (no enhancers or fillers) this is going to last a lifetime so be sure that you understand what is required to look after the stone and the setting.’

Sally Rose

‘There’s a myriad of ring designs on the web, which can be overwhelming. Go with your instinct and for a style that reflects the individuality of you and your partner. It’s also a good idea to do a little research in terms of stones, as there’s a lot of variety out there and poor quality. Purchasing with paperwork is a must, whether it’s a certificate or a valuation so you know what you’re purchasing is legitimate.’

Marlene Miller Antiques

‘Take the time to try on different designs until you find the ‘you’ ring as the most amazing looking ring. It’s a good idea to try a variety of styles, shapes and colours on that you may not initially be drawn to as some rings do suit certain shapes of hands. Your initial jewellery desire may not suit your hand but one you had not really thought about may look fantastic! Be bold and allow plenty of time.’

HOW DO YOU PROPOSE WITHOUT AN ENGAGEMENT RING?

Sally Rose

Minzenmay

‘Choose a plain band with a “marry me’ or other message engraved in the ring. It’s a beautiful keepsake that can be an everyday ring. A lovely idea is to have an appointment card for a time booked at your local jeweller when you propose, so that she knows she will have a hand in designing her dream ring.’

Marlene Miller Antiques

‘Asking someone to marry you is such a joyous thing! You can always improvise with a ‘pretend’ ring until you decide to go ring shopping together – let the moment be enjoyed, with time to let it all sink in.’

Sally Rose

‘A lot of clients who come to me are already engaged as they’re partner either wasn’t 100% sure on the design or they know that their other half would love to design their own. Sometimes it’s about being in the moment and simply asking the question and finding or creating the perfect ring later. As another option presenting a simple silver token ring can do the trick otherwise you can always propose with just the stone then your partner can create their own dream ring afterwards!’

ANY OTHER HELPFUL ADVICE FOR COUPLES REGARDING CHOOSING WEDDING JEWELLERY?

Marlene Miller Antiques, Sorrento

Minzenmay

‘Choosing classics like pearls and diamonds will always be timeless and will become tomorrow’s heirlooms – so ensure you invest in quality pieces that will stand the test of time.’

Marlene Miller Antiques

‘Keep in contact with your friends as friends normally shop together and ’trying on’ jewellery gives an indication of taste and what suits your own individual style. Most importantly, try to buy handmade pieces with a good weight as this jewellery is meant to be worn for life and can then be handed down to future generations.’

Sally Rose

‘Keep it unique and individual but also weigh up if you can visualise yourself wearing the designs in the years to follow- they’re lifetime pieces after all!’