Choosing an Engagement Ring

When it comes to choosing an Engagement Ring for your partner, yourself, or together as a couple, the most important thing to remember is there is no set formula...and what is right for one person, will be completely different for another. However, with just a few key considerations in mind, your journey to finding your dream engagement ring will be a much smoother process!

Our wonderful Fine Jewellery & Bespoke manager Susie Ekeland has worked with so many of our customers over the years on their proposal jewellery. Read on to discover her take on finding (or commissioning) the perfect ring!


Over the years we’ve heard a lot around how much you should spend on an engagement ring, but our perspective will always come down to one thing - how much do you feel comfortable spending? Of course, this is going to vary from person to person, but we think it’s really important not to compare yourself or feel pressured to spend a certain amount. Focusing on meaningful design details which don’t have to cost the earth can ultimately create a much more expressive and thoughtful ring!


The stone in an engagement ring is often seen as the central feature, so it’s always important to think about what type of gemstone you want and why. Not all engagement rings have diamonds, and there’s a huge variety of other gems to choose from, ranging from the brightly coloured to the subtly sparkling. In finding a place to start, think about your partner’s style - for example, the colours they love or if they have an affinity for a certain part of the world. Gemstones come from all over the world and many are specific to just a few special regions - Tanzanites are only found in Tanzania for example.

Once you’ve narrowed down the aesthetics, you can overlay that with some practical advice. Some gemstones are much more durable than others, so depending on the lifestyle of your loved one, we would always recommend a stone that’s compatible in its durability.

A nice example is the colour green. The first gemstone that often springs to mind is an Emerald - one of nature's most vivid and exquisite greens. Emeralds are wonderful stones and are traditionally used in wedding jewellery, however they do require very gentle care and should be taken off for activities like swimming, bathing, visiting the beach, heavy gardening and most sports.

If your partner leads a very active, hands-on lifestyle, then we would recommend considering an alternative green gemstone, such as a rich green sapphire which is much more resilient. By balancing the look of a gemstone with its practical attributes you can find the perfect combination for a lifetime of wear.

'Meaningful design details
don't have to cost the earth,
and can ultimately create a
more expressive and personal ring.'

Ring Style 

When imagining an engagement ring, many people think of the diamond solitaire - a simple band with a single stone. This is a great place to start, but don’t be nervous to explore other design options. Rings with multiple stones can be a great way to add colour and sparkle, and of course you also don’t have to have a gemstone in the design at all!

It’s so important to consider the wearer and their lifestyle. Highly detailed rings can be a little more catchy than others and could be less suitable for someone very hands-on and active in their day-to-day. It also helps to consider the wedding band and how this might sit alongside the engagement ring. The two rings are traditionally worn in tandem, and often feature complimentary design details so they work as a unified pair.

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When it comes to creating a bespoke design, there are infinite possibilities. It’s an incredibly exciting and personal process, tailored to your ideas, and budget, and we will work with you to create a ring that is as unique as your partner. By choosing to have a bespoke design, you can select the exact stones and design details, and we often create new tiny flowers or special textures for our bespoke clients that have links to a sentimental or romantic story from the couple’s history. It’s personal details such as these that elevate our designs, making them completely unique and extra special.


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