Guidelines on Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring - ICKINGER |
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May 5, 2017

What she likes?

The most important advice would be never to surprise her with a diamond engagement ring that you like. It is all about her!

Shopping for the perfect piece of jewellery can be tricky. Whether you are planning on buying an engagement ring, a wedding anniversary gift or just something special for a friend or loved one. Picking the right piece of jewellery can be a tremendous feat without some guidance. Especially when the person is pedantic about their jewellery style. Take a moment to observe. Suppose the person you are buying the jewellery for has an extensive collection of jewellery pieces.

In that case, it might be easier to decipher their style of choice. Just look at some of the pieces they wear most often and compare that to your options. When the confusion sets in, refer back to this blog post as a shopping guideline or give us a call directly so that our professional jewellers can give you the best advice.

Here are some helpful tips when you are shopping for someone that's fussy.

Speak to relatives and friends

This is a helpful tip for men who don't know what to buy their loved ones. Finding someone's preference in jewellery can often be discovered through asking some of the closest people in their life.

Pay attention to what they already have

If you look at what the person wears typically, it should indicate where to start looking. Chances are they already have a collection of jewellery. Simply observing what they wear should give you a good indication of what type of jewellery they prefer.

Sneak it into the conversation

If you're looking for an engagement ring, it might be better to speak to her friends and family about it. Subtly asking questions in a conversation can also give you a good indication of their jewellery style and preferences.

Seek advice from a jeweller

The best advice comes from people who know the industry inside out. That's why jewellers spend years and years honing their craft. If you are ever unsure, get in touch with your local jeweller and ask them for advice.

We wrote an in-depth article that serves as a buying guide when ready to take the leap. Here are some of the most helpful tips from the article summarised for your convenience.

Run your options through her relatives or friends to get an idea of her likes and dislikes. The most popular cut for engagement rings is, of course, the classic solitaire cut.

Here are some things to look at before you purchase the engagement ring.
  • Should the ring be a high rise or low rise?
  • What setting type are you looking for? Bezel or prongs?
  • What kind of setting style would she prefer? Four claws or six claws.
  • Would she prefer a plain band or a diamond band?

With this information, our sales professionals will accurately assist you with the best options available. Contact us should you have any questions about the choice of setting.

Choosing your diamond shape

The shape of the central diamond is the focal point of the entire ring, and no shape is better than the other. It is entirely up to personal preference. If you already spoke to her friends or family, it should give you a good indication of her style and taste.

Solitaire and round brilliants are some of the most popular options we get asked to design. However, others prefer a much more unique shape, such as the cushion cut or oval cut.

Types of cuts:
  • Round
  • Princess
  • Cushion
  • Oval
  • Emerald
  • Pear
  • Asscher
  • Heart
  • Radiant
  • Marquise

Selecting the carat weight

When selecting the engagement ring, one of the decisions you will have to make is to decide what carat weight you want to purchase. But it does not end there. You would be required to consider the style, shape and, of course, your budget. Some of our budget options are 0,45ct, which most of our clients opt for.

Then if you've got some of a bigger budget, the 1ct is also another popular option to consider. If the 0.45ct is in your budget, you can ask your local jeweller to taper the cut close to the centre stage so that the diamond appears larger and the same goes for the 1ct diamond. But those aren't your only options, below is a range of sizes/weights that you can choose from, starting from the least expensive, all the way to the most expensive cuts.

  • 0.45ct
  • 0.50ct
  • 0.70ct
  • 0.90ct
  • 1ct
  • 1.25ct
  • 1.50ct
  • 2ct
  • 3ct
  • 5ct

How is diamond quality classified?

In the 1950s, the Gemmological Institute of America established a diamond grading system known as the four C's. To determine the quality of any diamond, one should consider the Clarity, Colour, Cut, and Carat Weigh. Most diamonds have slight yellow and brown hues, which would ultimately affect the quality and price.

When selecting your engagement diamond, be sure to have a close look and consider the four c's. You can also ask your jeweller to tell you the diamond grading. A D rating is colourless, whereas a Z rating indicates signs of light yellow or even brown hues, which puts it at the cheaper end of the spectrum. For more information on diamonds, read our full blog post on diamond quality.

What precious metal should the ring contain?

This is another popular question we get asked frequently. Platinum and gold are the most popular choices when it comes to engagement rings. But if you know anything about women, you know that there's no such thing as just gold. There's yellow, white, or rose gold, and each camp has its own legion of supporters.

What you end up choosing comes down to her personal preference. So it's a good idea to do some research about what she likes beforehand if you want the ring to take her breath away. When it comes down to it, though, the most significant difference between these metals is colour. However, if you're looking for a ring that will be durable for years to come, then a platinum engagement ring is your best bet.

How do I know what size the ring should be?

This is another essential factor to consider. There is nothing worse than taking the knee, popping the question and then…. The ring doesn't fit. To avoid this disaster from the beginning, you can either call an expert jeweller to help guide you, or you can take a ring she already has to the jeweller, and he will determine the size.

You can also read through this previously created blog article on finding the correct ring size. This should give you a better idea of what to expect and what questions to ask your jeweller when you visit him for your custom made engagement ring. At Ickinger, we work according to the British standard sizing standard. A popular sizing standard in South Africa is the alphabet method. This method entails each letter corresponding to an inner circumference in millimetres.

Hop over to the ring size blog article to download the various ring sizes.

Where to shop?

  • A diamond engagement ring purchase is an important event. You want peace of mind when spending on something you may know very little about.
  • An excellent reputable jeweller continually educates. Regardless of the "sale potential."
  • Price is not always a direct measure of the potential or quality. Skill, Passion and Professionalism are.
  • A secure company is transparent and consistent in its dealings.
  • Ensure that a jeweller is a member of an industry governing body.
  • A successful track record establishes trust.
  • Product range confirms the creative and financial ability of a company.

What to expect?

With each purchase at Ickinger, you receive:
  • 14 Day Returns
  • Gift Packaging
  • 7 to 10-day delivery (*some popular items may ship 5 to 7 days)
  • Free Shipping* to any major city in South Africa
  • Warranty and Appraisal Card
  • Highest quality hand-finished jewellery and precision calibrated diamonds
  • Conflict-Free Diamonds

These are the most important service and quality items you ought to receive from your online jewellery shopping experience with ICKINGER.

If you are looking at buying an engagement ring soon, we hope that this article helped make your decision easier. Alternatively, give us a call or send us an email with your specifications or come and visit us in store for the best advice from our top jewellery craftsmen. We are a family business focused on customer service excellence and top quality craftsmanship.

Our physical store is based in Tzaneen, Limpopo, but we service customers all across the country. If you are in the area, pop in for a hassle-free consultation, and we will ensure that your engagement ring looks as beautiful as the moment itself.