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Tips from the experts: Choosing the perfect engagement ring

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:13:31 Europe/London

So ….. choosing an engagement ring.   Surely it’s just down to gut feel and personal taste?    Well of course, but, years of experience in jewellery sales at Parsons have taught us that there are a few other considerations which are worth factoring in:


Setting a budget for your life style is crucial.  Interestingly, historically one month’s salary was recommended.  Prioritising the 4c’s will help you achieve your budget.  The 4 c’s are the carat size, colour, clarity and cut of the diamond.  In store we are happy to discuss this with you, alternatively click here to see go to our online tutorial.

Gold Ring


Most people have a certain style that they wear, whether it be classic and understated or bold and colourful.  You will need to think that the ring is going to be worn every day so needs to be suitable for your lifestyle both in work and leisure time.  It is not uncommon for couples to choose a ring together, however if you want to surprise her and need some help why not enlist one of her friends?  Also think about the jewellery she wears, what colour metal does she normally choose, will the ring match her other jewellery?  Remember that this ring will be a long term investment so choose something which you will still enjoy in years to come, not what might be in fashion today.



There are 10 main diamond shapes, the most popular shape being the round brilliant diamond, followed by the princess cut. 

Silver Paterened


The most common types of metal for the band are gold (white and yellow), silver or platinum.  Metals rub and wear on one another, therefore you should wear rings of the same metal next to each other.  Perhaps consider what karat wedding ring she may like.


Is alloyed with another metal for durability.  There are a range of karats from 9-24K: note that the lower the karat the harder the metal. 24K is 100% pure gold.

White Gold

Is alloyed with metals purposely to give an off-white colour.  It must be plated with another metal; the most common rhodium.  Overtime the plating wears off and can be replaced.


Is silver in colour, strong and hard.  However overtime the naturally silvery colour will dull. 


This metal is less common, and less expensive.  To hold strength and shine it is alloyed with something else. 


When choosing a setting for the ring, remember to think about the wedding band and how they will look together. Three popular styles of ring settings include the classic solitaire, a fancy setting with side stones and a matching bridal set.

A solitaire is a simple setting, making it a timeless and classic option.  A solitaire setting with four prongs allows the most light to enter the diamond from all angles, maximising its brilliance. Six prongs shows slightly less diamond, but provide slightly more security in holding the stone.

For extra sparkle a setting with diamond side stones complementing the center stone is a great choice.  The side stones are set evenly with the band in a channel setting, bar setting or with prongs.

For a uniform look a bridal setting, comprising an engagement ring setting and a matching wedding band are ideal.  Bridal sets come in classic solitaire settings or include diamonds. 

If you are after a totally bespoke look we have a ‘create your own ring’ section on our website or you can create your own bespoke ring with one of our experts in store.

Silver Ring


Look at the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certificate for the quality of the diamond, along with the valuation certificate.  All rings from our 1710 range, designed and manufactured by us at Parsons Jewellers, come with both of these certificates so you can have confidence. 


The last thing to think about is insuring the ring.  At Parsons Jewellers we recommend T H March who will be able to give you peace of mind.

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