It's the burning question everyone wants to know before popping the question. Although this is a perfectly reasonable question, there can be a lot of anxiety around it. You don't want to offend your partner with a cheap ring, nor do you want to embarrass them by getting an obscenely big ring that does not reflect their personality.

Let us break it down for you and put your mind at ease just a little before taking the plunge.

The traditional theory is you should spend two months salary on the ring. This concept was first created by De Beers after the great depression and has been widely referenced ever since. But does that still hold up today?

 

Times have changed since this campaign first launched. Back then things were done a very traditional way. You get engaged, you buy a house, et cetera, et cetera. Today however lifestyles are very different. We're seeing this reflected in todays 30 something year olds who come in to look for an engagement ring. They may already have kids, they want to travel more, they may already be homeowners. In other words, the cost of living has increased, meaning for most, two months salary can be a little excessive.

It is thought that a huge percentage of women get engaged only for the ring. If this is true, go big or go home. But for the others who marry for love and whom size does not matter here's our advice:

We can make a diamond engagement ring to suit every style and budget. The most important thing aside from committing to the one you love, is choosing a ring that suits her style. There is a huge amount of leeway in this. You can substitute a large stone for halo style or a cluster engagement ring, styles that give the illusion of a bigger stone but without the heavy cost. You can opt for different gemstones like the popular morganite engagement ring which will decrease the cost drastically.

For those of you who want to be a little more extravagant, here are our tips:

Expensive engagement rings usually come down to the diamond. If you are investing big bucks on an engagement ring, be sure you are getting the best quality of diamond. Expensive diamonds almost always have a GIA cert. This cert provides you with a unique ID as well as information on the four C's (the quality characteristics) of the diamond.

Always buy from a reputable jeweler. If you decide to go for an antique ring, be wary that the claws on the ring may be worn down. If this is the case, you will need to get it examined and possibly re-tipped.

So how much should you spend on a ring? The answer is whatever you feel comfortable with. An engagement ring is a token of commitment and love at the end of the day.

If you need any advice, call into us or book an appointment.