Tip 3: Choose a Gemstone
The classic engagement ring style features a centre diamond, and if that is what your future affianced loves, fantastic! You’ll have so many beautiful options to choose from.
But don’t despair if you think your partner would prefer something a little different, or even unconventional. That’s what we specialise in, so we know that you’ll be able to find something stunningly unique.
Tip 4: Learn about the 4 C’s
If you are set on a getting a diamond engagement ring, it’s important that you know how diamonds are classified so that you don’t land up buying a dud. Diamonds are graded according to the 4 C’s - carat, cut, clarity and colour.
A diamond’s cut is related to its overall beauty and it is the most important element to consider when buying a diamond. When a diamond has been correctly cut, it’s ability to reflect and refract light is greatly enhanced, so the cut is the biggest factor in creating sparkle. Even if a diamond has perfect colour and clarity, if it has a poor cut, it may appear dull!
This is the second most important thing to consider. A diamond’s color is caused by natural trace elements of nitrogen that were present when the diamond formed under the Earth’s crust. In most cases a diamond with less colour will exhibit greater brilliance, be considered rarer, and will therefore be of more value (i.e. Cost more).
Carat is the most visually apparent factor, so it's the one most people are aware of. But it’s actually the most misunderstood. Carat doesn’t refer to the size of the diamond, but it’s weight. You need to consider cut and carat together - a larger carat diamond with a poor cut grade can appear smaller than a smaller diamond with a higher cut grade.
With diamonds, there is more to it than meets the eye. Diamond clarity refers to the assessment of small imperfections on the surface of the diamond, or internally, that the naked eye often cannot see.
These surface flaws are called blemishes, and internal defects are called inclusions. Because they are microscopic, they do not affect a diamond’s beauty in any way, but diamonds with the least and smallest inclusions receive the highest clarity grades.
The presence of natural inclusions and blemishes on and within a diamond impacts its appearance and value. Inclusions may be crystals of a foreign matter, or structural imperfections, like tiny cracks. The quantity, size, color, location, orientation and visibility of these inclusions all affect the overall clarity grade of a diamond. So, diamonds with no or few inclusions are considered rare and therefore highly valued.
Tip 5: Choose a Precious Metal
The main choices for engagement rings are white gold, yellow gold and rose gold and platinum. At Vinny & Charles, we only create pieces from high quality materials - 9k, 14k and 18k solid gold, or sterling silver. We don’t use filled metals for any of our jewellery creations. To get an idea of what type of precious metal your partner might like, pay attention to the jewellery she currently wears - women tend to prefer one type of metal over another, or they may even be allergic to a certain metal alloy.
Tip 6: Choose a Gemstone Shape
Gemstones are cut into 10 standard shapes, with round being the most common choice.
These are the 10 shapes most common shapes you can choose from:
Tip 7: Consider Whether to go Custom
Your love is unique, so why not create a custom engagement ring to symbolise that? We are able to collaborate with you to customise our existing designs in terms of unique ring sizes and metal caratages. We can also add personalised engravings to our designs, and depending on the design and availability of gemstones, we may be able to customise the number and type of stones used.
Tip 8: Figure Out Her Ring Size
Determining their ring size - without asking - is tricky, but it isn’t impossible. The most common women’s ring size is US6 - 6.5. Here are a few ways you could get her ring size on the sly:
- Sneak a ring from her jewellery box and take it to a jeweler to have it sized
- Get a ring sizer from a jeweler and measure one of her rings at home yourself
- Pretend you’re buying a ring for your mum/aunty/sister/friend and need her to help you find the right size - just make the “recipient” has similar sized-hands
- Ask her friends - to ask her, to sneak one of her rings out for you, or to go ring “shopping” with her
Because we sell engagement rings online, we unfortunately can’t help with the sizing aspect in person and it's something that's best to know before you purchase.
Tip 9: Protect Your Investment
Let’s face it - whether your budget is $50 or $5,000, an engagement ring is an investment, and like you would protect your car from an accident, you should protect your jewellery from the unexpected. We recommend finding suitable insurance to protect your purchase when you receive it.