How to Choose An Engagement Ring

James Amos from diamond jewellers Boodles offers some timely advice

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In case you didn’t know, December is the most popular month of the year to get engaged. On one hand, it’s a family-filled time when good news equals good cheer, but it’s also an ideal way to tick your significant other’s Christmas present off the list.

Whatever the reason, it’s at this time of year when lots of bewildered men take to the streets in search of the perfect ring. But where to start? Here's a few pointers on what to bear in mind:

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1 | Know Your Type
Broadly speaking there are three categories that men fall into when buying an engagement ring, and knowing which fits you best is a very good start.

'The cautious type' has told his girlfriend that they may get engaged at some point, so they will look in the shops together so that he can surprise her at some point in the future.

'The twosome' – he has proposed already and they have both decided to enjoy the experience of engagement ring shopping together.

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'The adventurous type' is prepared to go it alone but will need plenty of support from the sales person. He will then surprise his girlfriend with the engagement ring.

2 | Take Your Time
There is no right or wrong way to do it. The important thing is to remember is that the ring will be on her finger for many years to come, so it’s worth immersing yourself in the whole experience and taking your time.

Buy an engagement ring from a recognised and reputable brand as they will be able to support you in the future or offer additional services in years to come should you need them.

3 | Follow the ‘Four Cs’
Before you go shopping, think about the four Cs – colour, clarity, carat and cut. Round, Brilliant Cut diamonds are the most common shape for an engagement ring, but why not be adventurous and try a diamond with a different shape that appeals and speaks to you.

Boodles’ Ashoka, for example, is a diamond cut that is exclusive in the UK, so offers something rare and individual.

4 Know Your Budget
And finally, the age-old question (besides, “will you marry me?”): how much should you spend?

The general consensus is the ring should cost twice the man’s NET monthly salary. However our advice at Boodles is to spend what feels right - every girl deserves the biggest diamond in the world, but there’s no need to start married life in debt.

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