When shopping for an engagement ring, Adelaide couples have a few options. The easiest, but probably the least inspiring option, is to buy a ready-made ring from a retail store.
But, considering this purchase is one of the most important of your lives, we're betting you are looking for some better options.
Custom creating engagement rings, or customising a ring with the perfect diamond for you, gives the process of selecting an engagement ring the attention it, and the wearer, deserves.
In this blog post, we will explore the differences between buying from a retail shop vs the benefit of custom creating your engagement ring as well as the differences between natural and lab grown diamonds as these are 2 very big components of the engagement ring process.
We hope that this information will help you make the best decision for your upcoming proposal!
1. When to start shopping for an engagement ring
The best time to start shopping for an engagement ring is about six months before you plan to propose. This will give you plenty of time to find the perfect ring and make any necessary arrangements. Keep in mind that the best thing you can do, is to try some styles on or have your partner try some styles on. Something you might love the look of, might look very different on your hand! And the opposite can also be true, sometimes pieces you may have overlooked, steal your heart once you try them on! So it's important to do your research and find the style that best suits.
If you're not sure where to start, it might be helpful to look at some online resources or visit a few jewellery stores in person. Once you have a better idea of what you're looking for, you can begin the process of shopping for an engagement ring in earnest.
2. How to pick the perfect ring
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for an engagement ring. Firstly, you'll need to decide what type of ring you want. There are three main types of engagement rings: classic, modern and vintage. Classic rings are typically more traditional, while modern rings have a more contemporary design. Vintage rings harken back to earlier styles and suit people who love the romance of the olden days.
Once you've decided on the type of ring you want, you'll need to choose a style. The most popular styles are solitaire, three-stone and halo. Solitaire rings have a single diamond in the center, while three-stone rings have two smaller diamonds flanking a larger one. Halo rings feature a central diamond surrounded by smaller ones.
If you want a truly unique ring, then consider custom creating your ring. This allows you to choose the diamond, setting and other details exactly how you want them. And the surprising part - it doesn't have to be more expensive than buying a ready-made ring! And it's worth it if you want something truly special.
When shopping for engagement rings in Adelaide, consider the difference between Lab Grown Diamonds and Natural Mined diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are made in a laboratory, whereas natural mined diamonds come from the earth. Lab grown diamonds are a great option because they are environmentally friendly and conflict free. They are also less expensive than natural mined diamonds.
3. Places to shop for rings in Adelaide
Engagement rings are one of the most important pieces of jewellery you will ever purchase. This is because they symbolise your commitment to marry someone, and if that's not a life changing decision then I don't know what is! You want to make sure you get it right the first time.
There are a few things you need to take into account when shopping for engagement rings in Adelaide. As mentioned earlier, there are many retail shops that offer a wide variety of ready-made rings. This can often be a good place to start, to try on different styles and to get a sense of cost vs quality of diamonds, gemstones and metal.
As you begin to refine your style and understand more about diamond grading and quality, more than likely you'll have some criteria that is important to you and some that are not.
This is where custom creating comes in. Being able to customise your engagement ring with the diamond specifications you want, means you spend what you are comfortable spending, on exactly what you want to spend it on. There is no compromise.
4. Factors to consider when choosing a ring
When it comes to buying an engagement ring, there are a lot of factors to consider. Are you going for the traditional diamond or something more unique? Do you want a solitaire, three stone ring, or something with different diamonds on each side? And what about the setting and band? There's so much to think about!
Our biggest tip for you - try to design with the end in mind!
Do you want to have a ring 'set' on your left hand? Engagement ring, wedding ring and eternity ring.
Or are you planning on another ring for your right hand later down the track?
When it is all complete, what do you want your rings to look like as a collective on your hands?
If you can plan with this in mind, it means you are working towards an overall look and aesthetic rather than just adding ad-hoc as you go.
5. The cost of engagement rings in Adelaide
When it comes to the cost of engagement rings in Adelaide, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, there is a wide range of prices for engagement rings, depending on the type and quality of diamond you choose. Secondly, it's important to remember that you don't have to spend a fortune on an engagement ring. There are many beautiful and unique rings that are more affordable than you might think.
The traditional mined diamond is by far the most expensive option. This is where lab grown diamonds are worth some serious consideration. Made from the same chemical compound as natural diamonds, carbon under pressure, lab grown diamonds are often up to half the price of the mined variety and offer serious value for money if you are after a significant stone size. And the only person who will know whether it is a mined diamond or lab grown - is you!
Other gemstones such as sapphire, morganite and tourmaline make beautiful coloured alternatives and if diamonds just aren't your thing, but you love a white stone, do not overlook the beauty and brilliance of moissanite.
You’ve been through the experience of finding your perfect partner, so it only makes sense that you want to find the perfect ring.
When you are ready, we are here and cannot wait to help you create your perfect engagement ring - right here in Adelaide!