" A circle has no beginning or end and is therefore a symbol of infinity. It is endless, eternal, just the way love should be."
Are you looking to pop the question or have you already said yes? Either way ring shopping is no simple task. Depending on your preference and personality, engagement and wedding rings can vary in style, from a simple plain band to a huge enormous rock! You want to make sure that the ring is right for you, so it doesn't hurt to do your research first!
STYLES & CUT
Solitaires, which are rings that feature one center diamond, are the most popular style for engagement rings.
The shape refers to the appearance of the stone, and the cut to the diamond's ability to reflect light.
Most diamond shapes are round, square (cushion), rectangular (princess, Asscher, emerald, radiant), heart-shaped, pear-shaped, oval, or marquise (like a pear but pointed on both ends)
There are various myths surrounding how much an engagement ring should cost. There’s the three-month’s salary rule, the one-month salary rule and even the split-the-difference rule. It really all comes down to personal taste and budget at the end of the day . Over the last 5 years the average a UK couple spent on an engagement ring was £1080. Thats a pretty big price tag, but you can still get beautiful stunning rings without breaking the bank! It's all about shopping around for the right one.
DO'S & DON'TS
DO choose a ring that's the same metal as your engagement ring
Platinum and white gold look pretty much the same when they're brand new, but metals wear differently, so you could wind up with two very different looking rings in just a few years.
DON'T pick a wedding ring that overpowers your engagement ring
Your rings will look best together if the bands are similar in width.
DO make sure the rings have something in common
Your don't have to have matching wedding and engagement rings, but make sure there's one repeated element: same-shaped stones, a channel-set band, or similar engraving.
DON'T worry about your ring matching your partners
Your wedding rings should reflect your personal styles, not each others.
DO remember THIS and THIS if you want an eternity band
If it has diamonds (or gemstones) all the way around, your wedding ring will be hard to resize if you gain or lose weight. BUT, your wedding ring will probably spin around your finger a lot (since there's no center stone to hold it in place) so if you don't get stones all the way around, you might be constantly adjusting it to keep the stones right-side up.
DON'T solder the rings together
You might eventually want to wear your rings on different hands, upgrade one of the rings, or leave one ring at home when you travel. Once you solder together, there's no going back!