The range of rings is now vast. Today there’s everything available from modern bling, to designer contemporary, to signature solitaire and classic vintage designs. Trends may tempt you, but they will come and go. Focus on what suits your personality to avoid the experience becoming too overwhelming. Trust your gut instinct and take note of what really sings when you slide it on your finger.
Your ring — like your clothes and furniture — reflects something about you. Whether you’re a pink Argyle diamond romantic, a classic solitaire lover, or an art deco fan, go with what suits your style. You know your style, so own it. Don’t be afraid to create a bespoke statement piece. If it reflects your style, then it will never go out of fashion.
Go to the jeweller with an open mind. Do your research but expect rings to look different on your hand. Try on as many as you can to find one that looks and feels just right. Looks are important but so is practicality. Consider your lifestyle and ensure your ring choice fits your day-to-day activities.
Familiarise yourself with the four Cs. But don’t be blinded by them. Cut, clarity, colour and carat determine the grading and value of a diamond. While carat seems to dominate many people’s minds, it's actually the cut that determines a diamond’s brilliance. If a diamond is cut well, all the light is reflected in and out, producing its radiant sparkle. A large carat weight diamond, poorly cut, will sparkle less and seem smaller.
Aim for a good high cut grading, and from there don’t get too caught up in the weight and the D-to-Z colour. All diamonds will have inclusions, and most cannot be seen with the naked eye. Price goes up with clarity, yet the diamonds may not look any different.
Focus more on how the diamond looks and feels. It’s more important to invest in a piece that's beautifully crafted and is comfortable to have on your hand everyday – for the rest of your life.
A good diamond jeweller will be delighted to design a unique piece for your momentous occasion. Jewellers can personalise and customise any design to create your dream ring. At Michael Wilson, we are passionate about creating symbols of love that are as precious as the dreams and memories that inspire them.