How to Propose - Part One
How To Propose With The Perfect Engagement Ring
“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”
- Sam Keen.
Step One: Choosing The Engagement Ring
Though the modern proposal can be expressed in a thousand different ways, from a quiet, private moment to an extravagant event, there is one symbol that remains constant: The engagement ring. A continuous circle, this ring represents infinity, love and commitment. Choosing your engagement ring can seem quite daunting, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the world of jewellery. But with the right approach and sound advice, it can also be an exciting process.
For some, tradition still reigns supreme. There is something very romantic about choosing a surprise engagement ring for your partner. Whether you are certain or unsure of their taste, the efforts you go to will never be unnoticed. In the rare instance the ring is not exactly what they wanted it can usually be exchanged for something else.
If you choose to take this path, there are some things you can do to ensure that your proposal and the ring are just perfect. Pay attention to your partner’s style. Do they comment and share images of rings on Instagram or Facebook? Bring these in to your trusted jeweller for inspiration. What exists in their current jewellery collection? Should you need some help, don’t hesitate to ask their best friends, mothers and siblings for advice. They are an invaluable source of information on your partner, and may even have been told precisely what they want. Ask those who have been married for many years about their own engagement rings. What did they love, and what would they change?
For others, choosing a ring is a team effort. It is always a pleasure to find an excited couple picking their engagement ring together and that sentiment will forever remain with the jewellery you choose. Whether you purchase that very day, or you work together on a bespoke design, an engagement ring chosen together is strong symbol of your partnership. Be sure to discuss your budget together before you pick your piece.
How Much Do Diamond Engagement Rings Cost?
The price of your engagement ring will depend on a wide variety of factors, including the metal and style of setting you choose, but there are some approximate parameters for premium Australian fine jewellery. A high quality 1.00 carat diamond can cost anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 or more. Stones just under a carat are often more affordable, between 8,000 and 12,000. Diamonds below 0.50 carat are frequently set with clusters or side stones and regularly price between 4,000 and 8,000. Remember, your ring will be a precious memento of this important event. Choose quality over quantity to ensure your precious jewellery will last.
Engagement Rings Without Diamonds.
Other coloured gems, such as ruby and sapphire or even fancy coloured diamonds, are also popular choices for the modern ring. They reflect individual character and personality, allowing you a broader expression of sentiment. Coloured diamonds and coloured gems are graded and priced in a slightly different way to white diamonds. There may also be factors, such as durability, that influence your choice. Be sure to ask your experienced retailer about the suitability of different gems for an engagement ring.
The Loose Diamond Proposal
There are thousands of options for setting a diamond and the sheer abundance of choice can be quite daunting. With this in mind, you can choose to propose with an unset diamond or gemstone. These can still be presented in a beautiful box to blow your loved one away, but allow both of you the opportunity to select the setting you desire. Just be sure your diamond is secure when you pop the question!
A loose diamond proposal is probably an option better suited to stones that are 0.70 carat or larger. When set, diamonds appear up to 20% bigger than when they are unset, so a small, loose stone could appear a little underwhelming. It is always a good idea to discuss the anticipated price of setting with your sales professional, and be sure to incorporate this into your overall budget. Such foreplaning can prevent any surprises.
The Wedding Ring Proposal
For those totally unsure of what to buy, a unique and very modern trend is to propose with a simple band. Handcrafted in 18ct gold, platinum or set with diamonds, this ring is a beautiful option to present to your beloved. It keeps the proposal a surprise and allows you to choose the engagement ring you want. Once you have selected your engagement ring together, the proposal ring can transform into a variety of mementos, including a wedding band, eternity band or dress ring.
As perhaps the most permanent symbol of your proposal, the ring is an important part of your proposal. It can also be the most time-consuming aspect of the event especially if you choose to create a bespoke design. Be sure to organise your ring well in advance to avoid any disappointment. Once you have chosen your engagement ring, the next step can commence: Planning. This includes the where, when, who and how of your proposal. Be sure to read our next article for the best hints and tips on planning your proposal, and if you’re ready to find your perfect ring, click here to view our latest collection.