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Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring?

Questions we Will Ask

When do you plan to propose?

Buying A Diamond Engagement Ring

Before buying a diamond engagement ring, we will want to make sure there is sufficient time to create your perfect diamond ring. Engagement rings pre-set with diamond melee (called semi mounts) are ready to set with the diamond centre stone of your choice. This can take anywhere from a few days to a week. A custom ring can take up to six weeks to make, so be sure to plan your proposal according

What is your engagement ring budget?

Many people are embarrassed to talk about money. Don’t be one of them. This is a legitimate question to help you navigate through a wide range of price points. When buying a diamond engagement ring, prices can run anywhere from £500 to £100,000 and more. And given the incredible selection available, it’s tempting to stray into territory beyond your wallet’s reach. Setting a budget – and sticking to it – is essential, and it’s one of the first topics we will bring up. Answer honestly and don’t feel intimidated. Remember: your goal is to get the best quality engagement ring for your money.

Are you familiar with the 4Cs of diamond quality?

This is by far one of most important questions, because the price of your engagement ring is largely determined by the quality of the diamond centre stone. The diamond’s colour (or how colourless it is), clarity (how free from inclusions it is), cut (its shape and cutting style), and carat weight (its size) define the diamond’s overall quality and ultimately its price. The 4Cs provide essential facts that describe a diamond. Here’s a simple rule that can help you: the higher the quality of a diamond, the rarer it is, and the more expensive it will be.

Each “C” is assessed differently and contributes to a diamond’s overall look in a different way. This is where it can get confusing. At Wedstones will not only explain the 4Cs to you, but we will help you understand the differences between apparently similar stones.

We may ask which of the 4Cs is most important to you and show you options that match. For instance, if a certain size is essential, you should know how carat weight affects the cost of a diamond. Large, beautiful, sparkling diamonds are more expensive per carat than smaller diamonds of the same quality.

GIA Diamond Grading Report is invaluable when choosing a diamond. It provides an independent and unbiased diamond evaluation, including a full 4Cs assessment and more. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) created the 4Cs and is a non-profit research and educational institution that neither buys nor sells diamonds.

Does she want a round brilliant cut or a fancy shape diamond?

Another question we will ask you before buying a diamond engagement ring is, what is her favourite diamond shape? The round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular, with more than half of all brides wearing this diamond shape. It is beautiful and, if it is well cut, has unparalleled sparkle.

Even though the round brilliant is popular, take a look at other diamond shapes. Any shape other than round is called a fancy shape and each has its own charm. The marquise, for example, has an aristocratic heritage and elongated shape, like oval, which can make her finger look longer.

Currently, emerald cuts and other rectangular cutting styles are trending.

If you’re not sure which diamond shape she prefers, look at the gems in her other rings to see if there is a favourite shape. Also, ask friends and family if they know which shape, she likes best.

What’s her ring style?

Before buying a diamond engagement ring, we will want to know your beloved’s ring style. To uncover this, we may ask if she loves the latest fashions, or adores things antique. Maybe she likes bold pieces or has a fondness for delicate jewellery. Perhaps she admires the diamond engagement ring of a favourite celebrity who just got engaged. Pay attention to these clues and you’ll be sure to find a ring she’ll love.

Also, may also ask you about her lifestyle. Why? To help you find the right setting. If she prefers movies and museums, we might suggest a prong setting. It will show off the diamond but could be more vulnerable to damage. If she’s the athletic outdoorsy type, a bezel setting might be a smart choice. It will show off the diamond while protecting it from accidental bangs and bumps.

What colour gold does she like?

When buying a diamond engagement ring, you’ll have the option of selecting the metal, which is typically yellow, white or rose gold, platinum or a combination of metals. Yellow gold has been used in jewellery for thousands of years and was popular in antique and vintage jewellery, including Victorian era and Retro era diamond engagement rings.

Rose gold was also popular during the Victorian and Retro eras and is currently trending. White metal was fashionable in Edwardian and Art Deco era diamond engagement rings, and it’s still going strong. Platinum or white gold are your two main white metal choices.


What’s her ring size?

You’ll want to make sure her engagement ring fits perfectly when you propose. A ring that’s too small or too large will mar the moment. If you’re planning to buy the ring together, we will have a set of finger gauges to determine her exact ring size.


Wedstones are an accredited member of The National Association of Jewellers

The National Association of Jewellers are a mark of quality, they provide a mark of commitment to consumers – ‘Its members will Act with honesty, integrity and professionalism whilst describing goods and services accurately. All of our Engagement Rings and Bespoke Designs come with a GIA Certified Diamond Certificate.

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