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Engagement rings: How to buy the perfect one

Published on Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Jennifer Henson

Engagement ring shopping has evolved over the years. Women are becoming harder to buy for and the selection of engagement rings is growing larger. Buying the perfect engagement ring isn’t about money or carats; it’s about finding a ring that expresses the connection between you and your partner.When deciding on a ring remember your partner is unique and may not like something the jeweller suggests.

Nilla have compiled a collection of tips to assist you when choosing the perfect engagement ring for your partner.


The internet has given modern men an advantage when it comes to engagement ring shopping. Look online first, print or save the styles you like best. Also become familiar with terms you are going to be confronted with when shopping in store. Below are a few of the basics you will need to know:

Band: The band of a ring is the circular part that sits around the finger.

Gemstone: A gemstone is the feature piece of a ring. It is normally a diamond or significant stone. It can also be referred to as the ‘rock’.

Setting: The setting holds the gemstone in place and attaches it to the band.

Carats: Carats normally refers to the measure of purity of gold (pure being 24 carats). It can also measure the unit of weight for a precious stone or pearl; equivalent to 200 milligrams.

The Jeweller

Choosing a good jeweller can be the difference between the perfect engagement ring and a not so perfect one. First find a store you feel comfortable shopping at. You want the staff to be pleasant, helpful and give advice without pushing you into the wrong decision. A few things you can do to ensure you choose a reliable jeweller include:

  • Asking your friends and family to recommend a jeweller for the engagement ring
  • Consult your partner (if you have decided to shop for a ring together)
  • Look at store reviews online
  • Question the jeweller


Always set your budget before you start looking. Figure out what you can afford and your absolute maximum engagement ring cost. Avoid looking at rings out of your budget and advise the jeweller straight away of your budget.

Ring Styles

Purchasing a ring without your partner is romantic but can be daunting. You know your partner better than anyone else. If you feel you cannot decide on a ring she will love without her it may be worth proposing with a ‘dummy’ ring and shopping together.

Consider practicality, she will most likely be wearing this ring every day for the rest of her life. Decide if she would prefer something bulky or simple. Make sure it is easy to wear and can be resized if needed over the years.

If you are going to do it the old fashion way you will need to slyly find out her taste in rings. This can be a difficult task and women tend to suspect a proposal if rings are mentioned so try to avoid directly asking her about jewellery. A few things you can try include:

  • Going into jewellery stores together – while you look at a ‘watch’ hopefully she will walk over to the rings instead, join her and ask what she likes
  • Ask her family and friends for ideas
  • Involve a friend - get them to take her to a store for fun and pick out a ring
  • Look at her existing jewellery and rings (you may even want to borrow one for sizing)

The Big Decision

After evaluating and considering all of your options it’s time to decide. This decision is huge and normally very expensive. Don’t hesitate to take a few extra days if needed. Bringing in a second opinion is a great way to confirm any big decision.

Written by Jennifer Henson

Jennifer Henson works at both Forte Catering and Nilla and has a strong passion for great food and wine. She is the best contact for both businesses and you can keep up to date with her on Google+.

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