Choose an engagement ring in 7 simple steps

Are you planning to pop the question this Christmas? According to a recent survey, 21% of people believe Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve is the best time to propose.With the festive season fast approaching, here are some great tips from Ruth Donaldson of Heirloom London on getting the right engagement ring for your lady.


  1. Stick to the one you like

On average finding the engagement ring takes three months. This is because you’ll go online, talk to everyone, go in store, go back online, go to other stores, etc.  If you find a ring you love on the first day why waste another six weeks?

  1. It’s up to you now

As soon as that ring passes into your hands it becomes your responsibility. So look after it, and make sure that you have it insured.


  1. Keep it safe

The location of your intended proposal may influence where you keep the ring and, in some cases, you may consider not having the ring with you:

  • A winter sun beach holiday – if you are in a hotel or apartment with a safe, then you’ll have somewhere safe to keep the ring. But if you are in a beach hut this may not be as secure for your special ring. Also think about what you are going to present your ring in – the elegant ring box may not look so romantic full of sand.
  • A city break – care should be taken in romantic locations where pickpockets are known to operate. Also take care, if you are presenting a ring on a balcony, bridge, or anywhere else it could be dropped.
  1. A happy surprise 

If your beloved tends to react physically to surprises, maybe you want to propose first, and then present the ring once she has finished waving her arms around (or punching the air triumphantly).


  1. Safe transportation

A large ring box looks very nice and romantic in the store, but if you are going overseas, it is not something that wants to be placed in the hold, with the ring inside it! How do the professionals move rings? Often wrapped in tissue paper, in a discreet little plastic bag. Not the most romantic, but it protects the ring in your wallet, which is a good safe place to keep it secure while you are moving through the airport.

  1. If the ring fits

If you’re not sure about her exact ring size, it’s always better for the band to be slightly bigger, rather than too small. Some stores provide a ring insert, to ensure that it will at least stay on. If the band is loose, then it may be too risky to wear until it has been re-sized.


  1. Cherish the moment

Never confuse fashion with style when choosing an engagement ring. Your buying decision should focus around the latter, rather than the former. With so many designs and styles available, you may opt for a unique creation that is personal to her.

Finally, don’t imagine that getting professional help will be expensive or mean you have to spend tens of thousands on the ring. A jewellery concierge can take the pressure off, save you hours of time and angst, and ensure your budget (whatever it is) goes as far as possible – meaning you get more ring for your money.