When you're buying a diamond it's important to strike a balance between the 4C's; colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. Keep in mind that diamonds are scarce and you might run into situations where you have to pick one C over another;
A few short years ago choosing an engagement ring was a different (much easier) ballgame altogether.
You would have visited your local jewellery store and taken your pick from a dozen or two engagement rings. These days, thanks to the internet, and with special thanks to the Almighty Google Images and Pinterest you have access to literally millions of designs. You like halo designs? Great. Here are 100 000 ideas.
This gets very tricky very quickly.
So, how do you get en route to that perfect engagement ring design?
Topics: Engagement Ring Advice
So, who picks the engagement ring design?
Dozens of global and local surveys have broken down survey answers to this loaded question into 3 rather equally sized brackets:
- ⅓ of ladies wish to be deeply involved in the engagement ring buying process. This includes visiting jewellers as a couple, picking the perfect diamond and fine-tuning her dream design. (We’ll call this group “Hands On”)
- ⅓ of ladies wish to be minimally involved by merely giving input on the style and design of the ring. You might find a folder full of designs on her phone/laptop and her friends will be briefed relatively well with her likes and dislikes. (These are the “Hinters”)
- ⅓ of ladies wish to have close to zero involvement in the process. Most of these old-school types won’t even go so far as to help the gent with a ring size. You’re be in for some serious James Bond work, my friend. (“Surprise me”-type)
Topics: Engagement Ring Advice
I’m sure you like morganite - but there will always be one soul who loved it more...
The famed banker JP Morgan loved it so much the gem was actually renamed from a lazy “pink beryl” to Morganite. Imagine that.
This gemstone’s accessible price and stunning appearance has made it a very popular diamond alternative for couples seeking larger and/or coloured stones to use in jewellery pieces such as engagement rings. Diamonds of a similar colour easily fetch hundred times more than their morganite counterparts. Morganite has made this very rare colour in diamonds accessible to a much broader market. Hooray!
Diamond size matters.
It's not just sales talk or an unnecessary burden laid on most men who go engagement ring shopping.
Most jewellery designs really look much nicer with a larger diamond.
Some designs actually need a large diamond to work at all. A decent sized diamond is your first step to crafting a visually appealing engagement ring.
Luckily there are 4 simple hacks you use to optimise your diamond purchase in terms of size... without sacrificing on the colour and clarity appearance.
Let's dig in.
Pro-tip; she's marrying the man - not the ring. Ok, let’s proceed with that in mind.
We hear the words "I don't how much I should spend on an engagement ring" close to every day at our Pretoria based studio. The awesome, short answer would be: whatever you feel comfortable with.
That's not really how these things work for most couples. Since many guys have no idea how much engagement rings cost - we'll gladly run over some basic ideas and rules-of-thumb when it comes to budgeting for an engagement ring.
Topics: Engagement Ring Advice
Although we always advise gentlemen to get some form of girlfriend involvement/input when purchasing an engagement ring I know some folks prefer to keep it a complete surprise. Erring on the side of caution doesn’t mean the ring has to be dull and boring. Over the years we’ve identified a few styles that 99% of the ladies are fond of. None of these invoke a love-hate reaction and all these styles have stood the test of time. If you’re on a rogue mission these would be our top 5 recommendations;
On a recent business trip to the picturesque city of Boston I had the morning off and decided to hit the streets. I was amazed at how dead quiet all the stores were. Two hours in I couldn’t keep my curiosity at bay and started talking to shop staff running the higher end stores on Newbury Street. Every single piece of feedback was some variation of “people just prefer buying online these days”. I’m not talking about music and bookstores – they’re long gone. We’re talking high end clothing (Kate Spade, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ralph Lauren), grocers (niche and normal)… even bakeries. Businesses where you would bet your life people would prefer buying in-store. The frustration was obvious as commissioned in-store staff were merely running a showroom for the brand’s online store.
I’m a big fan of the old(?) saying; you get what you pay for.
Buying the cheapest per se is a sure-fire way to get burnt. Luckily, after a few burns most of us start to grasp the concept of value. This price to quality ratio (value) is an invaluable tool when making purchasing decisions.
I just received another iteration of an e-mail that pops up frequently in my inbox:
“I only see engagement rings on your website… do you also sell wedding rings by any chance?”
The short answer would be a simple yes. But it’s trickier than that. Beneath the skin the real question actually differs depending on who’s asking...
On the 28th of April 2012 I proposed to my then girlfriend sans any ring of sorts.
All snuggled up next to a hissing camp-fire the perfect moment presented itself without warning. I always thought I’d at least get down on my knee in that moment- but to be honest I was as overwhelmed by the proposal as Mia was. And knee-dropping without a ring is just super weird.
A few short nights ago I was stunlocked by a fascinating radio interview with a car salesman discussing car buying myths and tips. First lesson; take the bare amount of extras - they’re completely worthless when you resell the vehicle. Second lesson; when you’re seriously (like, really really) in buyer-mode negotiate prices during the last weekend of the month. Most car dealerships have tough targets to meet and usually only make their targets with last minute sales they push through by offering considerable discounts to end-of-the-month-last-minute-buyers. Be the last deal.