Most people buy an engagement ring only once in a lifetime (exceptions expected) and that makes it somewhat more challenging than any other shopping. The challenge can be equal for men and women, but most men may be looking at jewellery to buy, for the first time in life whereas it can be safely assumed that women would have the marginal advantage of having examined some jewellery before they start exploring engagement/wedding rings for their use.
If you take to the digital world, you will find that there is no dearth of advice, the dos and don’ts and so forth. It is essential that you scour through several of them before you formulate some basic thoughts about that perfect engagement ring answering all your aspirations. Therefore, let us quickly go over the different components that go into the perfect ring, apart from the material of construction or price.
The first question that comes up is whether there is an alternative to the engagement ring and surprisingly, there is an answer which you may not even have thought of. Given that most men may not be very knowledgeable in the art of jewellery buying, why not think of buying a loose diamond, present it to her at the time of engagement and later visit the same jeweller (preferably) together and choose an engagement ring design that answers her aspirations too.
Another option that can be significantly less challenging for men, in particular, would be to shop together for the engagement ring. This is not only romantic but also the best way of having the cake and eating it too.
The next question that needs an answer is the amount of money that you should spend on your engagement ring. The straightforward answer to this question is, it can be as much or as little as you can afford. There is no golden rule which says that engagement rings should invariably have high-quality diamonds. Nor is there a rule that you should spend a certain percentage of your annual income on the engagement ring. Remember that your engagement is just the beginning of a long journey together and there can be several surprises down the line that could significantly impact your finances.
Another important aspect of your engagement ring is the design aspect, and this is perhaps the easiest part assuming you are not expecting to pack any surprise element into it. By exploring your options using a set of resources available in the digital world, together, or alone, you can zero in on one or more designs that answer nearly everything that you expect in the engagement ring. Remember that diamonds are not the only option and there is a wide range of precious and semi-precious stones to consider. You can make the whole exercise easy and simple with the digital world without the worries of driving around town, parking woes and the cunning salespeople.
The biggest advantage is distraction free shopping in a relatively short span of time. If you cannot zero in on your choice the first time, you can come back for a second, third or countless visits to the digital world and maybe, even find that perfect engagement ring online!
Cushia Whiting is a purveyor of precious stones/gemstones as well as a jeweller creating timeless wedding/engagement rings and other jewellery items. They use world-class materials with a local twist and fine craftsmanship.
The wedding boutique
The Wedding Boutique is located in Paddington Sydney and offers customised advice for the wedding dress and bridal jewellery/bridal accessories.
Mellissa Harris Jewellery
The Sydney based Mellissa Harris Jewellery is internationally acclaimed for over three decades for a wide range of exquisite designs crafted by her. Artisanal, organic and whimsical every piece of jewellery here is handmade with inspiration provided by Mother Nature, and she is known for injecting life into these pieces with impeccable craftsmanship.
Crystal Confetti Bridal
Engagement rings and other jewellery at the Newcastle based Crystal Confetti are inspired by Afroditi Boyd. Their offerings are reminiscent of the old style glamour. Afroditi’s creations follow latest European trends and the dazzling unique ensembles constitute a ‘must have’ range.
The family business – Renato Jewellers bring more than six generations of experience, beginning 1958 and enjoy an impeccable reputation as jewellers producing exceptional quality jewellery maintaining the highest level of customised service standards to clients.
Larsen Jewellery specialises in rings and bridal jewellery. Customers can choose from a wide array of engagement rings, wedding rings, embellishments as well as diamonds. Loose diamonds and coloured gemstones at the affordable price are also among the offerings at Larsen Jewellery.
Hosty Tosty is an online shopping space for high end sophisticated bridal and fashion jewellery offering a wide range of jewellery. They offer a combination of stylish everyday delicate accessories to absorbingly bold bridal and evening wear.
Cashelle Jewellery Co
Cashelle Jewellery in Penrith is renowned for a wide array of necklaces, bracelets, engagement rings, earrings, Concordia pearls, pendants and necklets.
Bell & Brunt
Bell & Brunt, Adelaide offers you the unique experience of being able to design and handcraft wedding/engagement rings with customers choosing their diamonds. Diamond wedding rings are crafted individually, and the same is true of fitted wedding bands, dress rings, pendants, or earrings.