6. Budget –if you have a figure in mind then make sure you get what you want for it, compare the 4C’s and different metals to get what you want for the money.
7. Time – your bride-to-be will be wearing her ring for the rest of her life, so spend your time choosing to ensure that she will love it. Ask advice, and speak to someone who understands the process of choosing an engagement ring and it will be an easier process.
8. Conflict Free – ensure that you know of your diamond’s origins – check where it is from, and get a certificate to prove your purchase. all reputable diamond dealers should adhere to the Kimberley Process.
9. Stones – It doesn’t have to be a diamond either. If you have a more quirky girl, or one who doesn’t like sparkly things, then consider other options; Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds etc. It maybe that she has always loved her Grandmother’s ring – so why not try to incorporate elements of that in your design? If you consider her style and talk to someone who designs then they can guide you. But make sure you choose a hard wearing stone, as soft stones like pearl and opal can damage over time if worn everyday.