YOUR GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT RING
The average cost for an engagement ring
in the UK is around £1,800. Tradition
states you should be spending around
two months wages on that special item.
But there are so many options to consider –
a beautiful looking ring can start as low as
£400 and work its way up to a cool
Your final ring choice is governed by a
number of factors, including: What metal
your partner wants, the diamond size, diamond cut, diamond colour
and clarity. Even the diamond shape makes a difference to the cost.
What matters is that you pay for something reflecting your budget
and shows your true feelings towards your partner.
world and can only be cut and polished
with another diamond.
Countries such as England, United States,
France, and Canada traditionally wear the
engagement ring on the left hand. Where
as Germany, Russia and India wear the
ring on the right hand.
The most common metal used for
engagement rings is either white gold
or platinum, however due to the rise in
cost for these two types of metal palladium is the new metal on the
scene. Palladium is regarded as a precious metal and is a luxury
alternative at a much cheaper price. It is most popular for men’s
wedding rings, so that the lion’s share of the wedding ring budget
can be spent on the bride’s engagement ring!
Although Valentine’s Day is one of the most important days of the
year for romance, December is in fact the most popular time of the
year to get engaged.
Diamonds were first discovered in
India as far back as 800 B.C.
But diamonds were not
used on wedding bands
or engagement rings
until the 15th century.
The youngest natural
diamond is 900
million years old.
Interesting facts about Engagement Rings
The most popular diamond shape for an engagement ring is the
round brilliant cut. The most popular style of ring is the classic
The tradition of an engagement ring was introduced in 1477.
Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring
set with a diamond as a token of love.
Ancient cultures believed that the third finger on the left hand, had
a special vein called Vena Amoris, the vein of “love,” this vein runs
directly to the heart.
The word diamond comes from the Greek word “adamant” which
means steadfast or invincible. It is from this word that the diamond
gets its name. Diamonds are the hardest precious gemstone in the