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Engagement ring buying guide

Engagement Ring Buying Guide

The day you pop the question is one of the biggest days of your life. A memory that you and your loved one will cherish forever, so don’t you want to make sure that every detail is perfect? At Joshua James, we have put together an extensive engagement ring buying guide, that will make planning the big moment a walk in the park. Watch their face light up as you get down on one knee and notice the sparkle in their eye as they spot the stunning engagement ring that you have picked. 

Here you will find all the tips on how to pick an engagement ring, some of which you may not have realised you needed to consider! Our guide on how to pick an engagement ring covers everything from cut and clarity to how to take care of your engagement ring after the proposal. No question is unanswered when it comes to choosing an engagement ring, so you can rest assured that we are here every step of the way to make your big moment as special as it can be.

After the Proposal - Should You Wear Your Engagement Ring on Your Wedding Day?

So you’ve asked the big question, and they’ve said yes! Now, one of the most common queries about engagement rings after the proposal is, “Do I wear my engagement ring on my wedding day?”

To put it simply, there is no definite answer, and the decision is down to you and your personal preferences. Some would rather not wear their engagement rings on their wedding day, preferring instead to store it in a safe place. Others move the engagement ring to their right hand before the wedding ceremony. This leaves the left hand free for the traditional placement of the wedding ring which is “closest to the heart”, whilst still allowing you to show off your engagement ring. The engagement ring can then either be moved to sit above the wedding ring following the wedding, or stored safely for special occasions - it’s totally up to you.

How to Look After Your Engagement Ring

1. Never remove your ring in public! It can feel a little jarring at first, for example, when washing your hands whilst wearing your engagement ring. However, taking it off, particularly in public bathrooms, opens up the opportunity to drop, damage or forget it. Don’t take the risk!

2. Clean your ring at least 4 times a year, but don’t use any harsh chemicals. Harsh cleaning products such as bleach can damage a ring, dulling the metal and harming the precious gemstones. If you choose to clean your engagement ring yourself, use light, non-harmful cleaners and hot water.

3. Make appointments with your jeweller at least twice a year for a ‘check-up'. Certain settings and stones can loosen over time, so it is important to check in with a professional who will be able to make sure your ring is kept in top condition. 

4. For any deep cleaning or repair, visit your jeweller to get your ring looked at professionally if you spot any indication of damage. They will be able to expertly fix and repair any issues. 

5. Avoid having your ring resized more than once. This can weaken the metal and cause it to become fragile. If your ring no longer fits but one day will, for example through pregnancy, why not just store it in a safe place until you can wear it again?