Choosing an engagement ring may be one of the most important decisions you will make. It can be difficult to pick the ring designed to represent your love and devotion while also balancing concerns about budget, sustainability, durability, and beauty. This guide is here to help you with this decision (and so are we!). This is such an exciting and romantic time, and we want to make it as easy as possible!
Budgeting for an engagement ring
Budgeting for your engagement ring can be a tricky task. There are two main costs you’ll need to consider: the ring mount and the stone.
The Ring Mount
While choosing the ring and setting that will form the base of your engagement ring, you should decide on the colour of the metal, the style of the ring, and details, like the thickness of the band. All of these factors will have an impact on the total cost of the ring.
- Evorden offers platinum, 10k gold, 14k gold, and 18k gold. You can read more about these metals in our metal guide.
- The best way to decide on the style of ring you like and that you think your partner will love is to do some window shopping. You’ll know right away when something catches your eye. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we may be able to help!
- Similarly, if you find a ring that is nearly perfect, you can often have it adjusted. This might mean flattening, thickening, or thinning the band, or changing the prongs on the setting, for example. Our skilled team of jewellers are able to assist you with orders such as these and we will consult with you closely to figure out which changes can be made.
Buying the stone for your engagement ring might seem like a huge decision—it certainly isn’t a small one—but don’t get overwhelmed. Learning about the stone you want in your ring is the first step to take. Read more about our precious gemstones in our diamond, moissanite, and gemstone buying guides.
- This is an exciting chance to choose the perfect centrepiece! While many couples opt for diamonds, there are dozens of stones that might suit you as a couple better, and you should explore those options. Most stones can be set into engagement rings.
- It’s important to do your research ahead of buying your stone—for example, the 4 C’s of diamonds!
- You’ll need to consider the size, colour, and shape of the stone you want to set in your engagement ring. We encourage you, again, to do some window shopping to find the style that you like best! Take a look at some of our most popular rings here.
It’s often very useful to set two budgets for yourself—one for the ring mount, and one for the stone. This will allow you to have the most control over what you wind up spending on your engagement ring: you might opt for a more affordable metal in order to purchase a clearer or larger diamond, for example.
Altogether, purchasing an engagement ring is an exciting experience whether you’re shopping to surprise your loved one or you’re shopping as a couple, and we’re happy you’re here! Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions.
Durability is something you need to consider when choosing both your metal and your stone.
18k gold, for example, is softer than 14k gold. That doesn’t mean it will bend or break or melt away like butter, but it does mean that you may need to have it polished or repaired more often than 14k gold. From a practicality standpoint, if your soon-to-be fiancée or fiancé works with their hands every day, or if they just love to reorganize the living room on a regular basis, you might consider purchasing a harder metal, like platinum or 14k gold. You can read more about which gold might be right for you in our metal guide, where we detail the strengths and weaknesses of 18k gold, 14k gold, and platinum.
Different gemstones also have different levels of durability. For example, emeralds are softer than ruby or sapphire, and require more care. You can read more about each stone in our gemstones section. In a similar case to metals, think about which stone will suit your lifestyle best. How much time, care, or money are you looking to dedicate to maintaining your ring?
Beauty, in the case of engagement rings, is absolutely in the eye of the beholder. This is why window shopping is so important. If you don’t find something that you love, keep looking! It’s out there. If it’s out of your price range, consider purchasing a diamond (for example) with more inclusions inside—tiny flecks which you’d likely never notice, and the stone will still shine brilliantly.
If you’re unsure about what your partner might like, ask them! This is, after all, the ring that they will wear for the rest of their life with you. You want them to love it, and they do too!