Welcome to Joshua James' Engagement Ring Guide. From picking to purchasing, the entire process is crucial when getting right. 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.
When you’re shopping for the perfect diamond engagement ring, you need to consider the four C’s’. If you’re not familiar with the four C’s, they are colour, cut, clarity, and carat, and the combination of these four factors determine the rarity and value of a diamond. Following the four C’s through this engagement ring style guide is an excellent starting point to determine what kind of engagement ring you’re looking for, but you shouldn’t base your purchase on these factors alone. Every engagement ring is unique, and diamonds that grade on the same level can still look very different from one another. Find out more about the four C’s today in our full, comprehensive diamond guide.
If you know your partner prefers something different, why not explore 8 Gemstones for Diamond Alternative Engagement Rings?
The next step in our engagement ring guide is the diamond. The shape of a diamond can be its most distinguishable and identifiable feature, and so before diving into your search, you should get an idea of what shapes you and your partner like best. A diamond’s shape maximises its brilliance and is often the heart of the diamond’s character. Plus, different shapes are often thought to represent the wearer’s individual personality. At Joshua James, we are proud to offer some of the most popular diamond shapes for you to choose from.
You might find yourself wondering how a diamond gets its shape, and this is all down to the expert diamond cutter. When a diamond is found, its shape and size are unpredictable, so it is a diamond cutters job to determine the best shape for that particular piece to preserve its maximum carat weight and brilliance. While diamonds can be cut into any shape, the ten most popular options are; Round, Princess, Cushion, Oval, Emerald, Pear, Marquise, Asscher, Radiant and Heart shape.
Once you have considered the four C’s and the diamond shape, next, you might want to think about what ring metal you prefer. At Joshua James, our engagement and wedding rings are available in premium metal materials, including yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, and white gold. Of course, the metal you choose might come down to which colour your partner prefers or wears most often. But, if you want to learn more about the different jewellery metals available and their quality, then you can read more in our full jewellery metal buying guide online now.
Now that you know what style of ring you’re looking for, the next challenge is getting the right size. At Joshua James, we are proud to offer a comprehensive ring size guide which you can read up on now. But, if you’re looking for the basics, then we have put together a quick and simple ring sizing guide and our tips on how to use it accurately.
The first step is to, of course, make sure you’re measuring the correct finger, as all of your fingers are different shapes and sizes.
Use a piece of string or a thin strip of paper to wrap around the base of your finger. Mark off where the string begins to overlap and forms a complete circle around your finger.
Use a ruler to measure the length from the starting point to the pen mark, and use our size chart to determine which is the best fit for you.
Take care to consider your knuckle in your measurements, will you be able to comfortably move your ring over your knuckle?
Finally, make sure you’re measuring your finger at the end of the day, as this is when your finger is at its largest, so you can ensure an accurate measurement.
We hope that you found our engagement ring guide helpful. 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 them 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.
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?