Congratulations on your upcoming engagement. If you’re in need of guidance for picking a ring, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re surprising your partner or the two of you are choosing together, there are a few things you need to think about. We’ve put together some helpful hints so you can find the perfect engagement ring for your partner.
Before we get started, let’s look at a brief history of the engagement ring. It dates back to the Ancient Egyptians twisting plants into small circles and wearing them on their fingers. The circle has been a symbol of eternity for a long time and keeps these connotations to this day. From the Romans to the Victorians, rings have been used as a symbol of love and commitment. The 1939 ad campaign by De Beers ‘A Diamond is Forever’ helped boost the popularity of diamond engagement rings.
Moving forward into now, you’ll still find a fantastic array of engagement ring styles. These include Solitaire, Halo, Three Stone and Cluster. If you don’t know what any of these mean, don’t worry. The more you look at rings, the more you’ll start learning about the different styles. The main thing is knowing what kind of jewellery your partner likes. Take a look at their current jewellery selection to give you an idea of what kind of pieces they like.
While your partner’s personal preferences are important, it’s also worth exploring engagement ring trends here in the UK. According to a recent study by jewellers, F.Hinds, Brits searched for diamond engagement rings more often than any other type, with an average of 14,800 searches being made every month in 2020. The ‘Diamond is Forever’ campaign clearly did a good job. White gold proved to be the most popular metal, with 9,900 online searches each month in 2020.
Sourcing Your Ring
A rising trend within the world of engagement rings is sustainability. There are lots of different ways you can find a sustainable engagement ring. Admittedly, this does require work and research on your part. You can make responsible choices by asking for fair-mined or SMO gold. Look into independent jewellers and ask about their sourcing practices. You can demand to know where the diamond is from. There is enough technology now that brands can trace diamonds back to their source. You could also consider antique engagement rings or lab-grown diamonds.
The engagement ring has a fascinating history and it still plays such an important role in our lives. It can feel like such an overwhelming decision to find the perfect engagement ring for your partner, but with patience and searching, you’ll find the right one. What kind of ring do you think your partner will like?