Posts Tagged: wedding rings

Nov 12

The do’s and don’ts of buying an engagement ring

Following my previous post about beautiful engagement rings I spoke to diamond expert Vashi Dominguez, founder and CEO of, who has given me some guidance about the do’s and don’ts of buying an engagement ring.

His main advice? Well, a very simple one, “take your time” and “save up”, he says.

“Some people let their girlfriend select her own favourite engagement ring. If you prefer to surprise her, however, you just need to follow the following do’s and don’ts to get it right!”



  • Do shop around and browse online jewellery websites to get a good idea of what styles are available and what you could afford. Seeing what is available and at what price will also make you more aware of how to spot a great deal, ensuring you get the most sparkle for your money.
  • Do ask her mother, sister, friend or colleague for advice. They’re likely to know what style of jewellery she likes even more than you do. They may also be able to help find out what her ring size is, for example by casually asking if they could try on one of her rings.
  • Do take a closer look at what jewellery she already wears. The style and materials used will give you a better idea of what engagement ring she will love. Does she like big, bold jewellery or intricate, subtle rings and earrings? Is her preference for yellow gold, silver or platinum jewellery?
  • Do take her shopping. You’re pretty much guaranteed to come across a jewellery store or stall and your girlfriend will be only too pleased to point out which rings she likes. That doesn’t mean that she suspects you’re planning to propose to her; most women simply love jewellery.
  • Do decide how much you can afford to spend on an engagement ring. There’s no point in getting into debt for your engagement. Take time to save up as much as possible and only use your credit card if you really need it.


  • Don’t buy a diamond engagement ring because everyone tells you it’s a tradition. If you feel your girlfriend really, wouldn’t like a diamond engagement ring, feel free to buy her a different engagement ring altogether. Sapphires and rubies are a popular choice with women who don’t like diamonds.
  • Don’t buy a ring with a wide band if your partner has short fingers. A diamond engagement ring should be proportional to the dimensions of her hands. A wide band can make short fingers appear even shorter, while an elongated diamond – such as an oval, pear or marquise shape – can make her fingers appear slightly longer. If your other half has large hands, a delicate engagement ring could look really small on them and merely emphasise the size of her hands.
  • Don’t buy any ring just because you have given up on finding the perfect one. can work with you to make a complete bespoke piece. Whatever your preference or budget, everything is possible.

Nov 12

Ten breathtaking engagement rings

The most popular month to get engaged is just around the corner, that being December of course.

Some boyfriends choose Christmas Eve for the special moment while others pick Christmas Day and I think either one is a wonderful choice for bringing family and friends together to share in your joy.

But don’t worry if by Christmas Day your future fiancé hasn’t popped the question, the second most popular day is New Year’s Eve!

With the help of diamond engagement and wedding ring specialist, I have picked ten amazing engagement rings to choose from, so you may want to discreetly forward a link to this blog post to your partner!

And he need not worry about prices, these fabulous rings range from £500 to £4,000, perfect to suit all budgets.

1. A 0.75 carat halo engagement ring with side stones  – £2,299

2. A delightfully elegant design sculpted from gleaming 18k white gold and set with sparkling diamonds – £599

3. A stunning 0.95 carat halo engagement ring with side stones in 18k white gold – £2,199

4. Dazzling round cut 0.55 carat side stones engagement ring – £1,499

5. This delightfully elegant design is sculpted from gleaming 18k white gold and set with sparkling diamonds – £3,999

6. A 0.65 carat side stones engagement ring – £1,799

7. An elegant design made from 18k yellow gold  – £1,100

8. Round cut 0.65 carat side stones engagement ring in platinum – £1,899

9. Round cut 0.63 carat colour side stones in 18k white gold – £1,699 (above)

10. Round Cut 0.65 carat three stone engagement ring in platinum- £1,899 (above)

What ring would you love your partner to choose for you? Do you have a favourite from these top ten?

Keep an eye out for my next post filled with tips of the do’s and dont’s of buying an engagement ring (another one to forward to your boyfriend!)

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