Following on from our blog post about surprise proposals, hints and tips on choosing a ring your partner will love.
So, you want to propose, you know how it will work, you just need a ring. How do you go about choosing one your girlfriend will love, and want to wear for the rest of her life? It’s not like there’s any pressure, is there!!
In our previous blog post about proposals, we looked at different options for how to propose – the spur-of-the-moment one, the pragmatic one and the planned surprise one. We also looked at how to get the size right, but choosing the style was such a big area that it needed a lot more space.
firstly, look for hints
- Your dearly beloved may have Pinterest boards with pictures of rings on, or she may leave magazines or web pages strategically open for you to see. She may comment about jewellery colours, gems, styles, other people’s rings. Be alert for these hints. She’s trying to help you!
- Maybe ask some subtle questions of your girlfriend. See if you can discretely find out whether she’s hoping for a solitaire, or hates them. Maybe make an open-ended comment on some recently-engaged celebrity’s ring, and see if she’ll give you any clues.
- Consider taking an ally. Her best friend, sister, work colleague, or child (if old enough to keep that kind of secret and be suitably discrete), might be able to be brought on board. They may be able to enquire about ring styles, preferred shapes and other considerations.
- Look at the bigger picture. Does she love Art Deco styling? Is she a girl who loves her sparkles – the bigger the better? Is she a practical person, for whom a rub-over setting would be more in keeping with her lifestyle than a more traditional solitaire in a claw setting? You need to be a bit of a Sherlock Holmes here, but it’s going to be worth it to see the surprise on her face when you present her with the perfect ring, isn’t it!
Here at Ethica Diamonds we’re very concerned with sustainability. Mining for traditional diamonds causes huge impact to the environment, even without taking into consideration the potential human cost. The lab grown gemstones that feature in much of our jewellery has virtually no environmental footprint, and are 100% guaranteed to be ethically sound. If ethics and environmental concerns are important to your girlfriend, you’re in the right place to find a ring that will match her ideals.
Consider carefully – do you really want to start this new phase of your relationship with a gemstone that literally costs the Earth, or will you choose an alternative that is entirely sustainable?
Have a careful think about your budget. Here at Ethica Diamonds, you will find rings with one or two carat lab gemstones that cost about 10% of the equivalent mined diamond. You can get much more ‘bang for your buck’ as they say, and buy a far superior ring than you’d find in a high-street jewellers.We promise never to try to sell you more than your budget can handle, or make your budget feel inadequate. We are not that kind of people!
There are very many options available for engagement rings, so we’ll start simple. Our solitaire rings all come with an option to choose stones of different sizes, and there is a wide variety of styles. Simple and elegant, modern, classic, petite or showy, there are a variety of options even with just a single Ethica Diamond in them.
We also have halo rings, with a single large stone surrounded by smaller ones, which can resemble a circle or a flower, with the smaller stones making the centre stone much more eye-catching. (These are great if you choose a smaller central stone, as the wow-factor is still there with a smaller budget.)
Or how about a trilogy ring, with three stones of the same size or graduated, symbolising your love that encompasses past, present and future?
There is a wide choice of rings which have stones on the shoulders as well as in the centre, adding more sparkle.
Of course, if you can’t see anything that’s quite right, or you’re interested in coloured stones, then do drop us a line, and we can custom-design a ring for you, that will be perfect.
Browse our online shop, think about your intended’s preferences, and hopefully something will catch your eye.
Gold or Platinum
Now, think about the metal of the ring – what colour jewellery does your girl normally wear? Is it always traditional yellow gold, or rose gold, or silver-coloured, or does she wear a variety? You might need to get sneaky, and try holding up different colours of metal to her hand to see what looks best. We have platinum or white-gold rings for girls who prefer silver tones, and all of our rings are available in a variety of golds.
We hope this guide to trying to read your future fiancée’s mind has been helpful. However, do bear in mind that if you get it totally wrong, then we can always exchange or refund rings within 30 days, provided they’re not bespoke or re-sized. See the website for details.
Once you’ve chosen the ring, all you have to do is ask her.
Good Luck!! We are always delighted to hear your stories, so do share them with us!