ENGAGEMENT RING BUYERS GUIDE - Montpellier Jewellers Harrogate
Before you jump into choosing an Engagement Ring, it’s nice to take a look at the history of Engagement Rings, after all this is going to be one of the happiest times in your life, so it well worth while taking a little time to make sure you get things right.
It’s generally accepted that Engagement Rings first stemmed from an Ancient Roman times, where it was custom for women to wear rings with keys as a sign of their husbands’ “ownership”
In the 15th century Austrian Archduke Maximillian presented his wife to be Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring to mark their engagement to be married.
The Victorians and Edwardians carried on this tradition
Which Finger Is An Engagement Ring Worn On?
The tradition in the UK and many other countries, is that the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand also referred to as the “ring finger”. It is worn on this finger as the Ancient Romans believed that this finger contained a vein called the vena amoris that ran directly from the fourth finger to the heart
How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?
The amount you spend on an Engagement Ring, is your choice and down you your personal likes and circumstances, ultimately its your choice how much you spend!
As a guide Traditionally it was suggested that you should spend three months’ salary on a ring,
but nowadays it’s accepted that one month’s salary is a good guide.
Choose a realistic budget and go from there, take a look at our diamond buyers guide and educate yourself about diamonds and what influences their price, decide in which order the characteristics are important to you (Carat, Cut, Colour, Clarity)
The main thing when buying an engagement ring is to choose something your partner will love and cherish, the cost realistically is incidental.
Choosing The Perfect RingOnce you have an idea where you want to be budget wise, then you need to get an idea of style of Engagement Ring your partner will like.
Consider the shape of the diamond and the type of metal the diamond is set in, whether you want a traditional single stone (Solitaire) or something with diamond shoulders or perhaps a halo surrounding the main stone. Or if you have an idea for a totally unique ring we can help with that with the use of CAD software and 3D printing we can make any unique design you like!