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At Bonds of Brentwood, we offer a wide range of engagement rings styles to suit all tastes. That’s a good thing to know because tastes vary a great deal with all kinds of jewellery and engagement rings are no exception. To begin with, you should remember that there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ engagement rings out there, only ones that either conform to expectations or not. Read our guide to choosing an engagement ring so that you are in a better position to choose one that will fit the bill.

Find Out About Your Partner's Tastes

Given that jewellery is a matter of taste, any engagement ring you consider buying to pop the question with is likely to go down better if it conforms with your partner’s sense of style. Drop a few veiled questions about what sort of jewellery they like so you can gauge their preferences. If that’s not working out, then ask someone who would know – and who can keep a secret – such as a sibling, for example.

Choose a Ring of the Right Size

Many engagement rings look great but simply don’t fit when they’re worn. Rings that are a little bit too big or too small can be adjusted even if they are mounted with stones but there is a limit. As such, find out your intended’s ring size or trace the outline of one of their rings so we can estimate the right size. Remember that engagement rings traditionally sit on the ring finger, though.

Fashion or Vintage?

Deciding whether to go for a ring design that is in vogue or that has a more classic appeal is a big call. Think about your partner’s sense of fashion. If they are always wearing the latest things or try to stay one step ahead of the fashion curve, then it is likely you’ll want something that appeals to their sense of here and now. That said, engagement rings – like eternity rings – are supposed to be worn for a lifetime so vintage designs also have their place. In the end, it comes down to personal preferences, of course.

Stones and Budget

Diamonds are by far and away the most popular choice of stones for engagement rings nowadays. However, they are not the only option. Indeed, they can be lovingly combined with other gemstones for a spectacular look. Rubies and sapphires set with diamonds have been popular for much of the twentieth century, for example. However, the more stones you have and the higher quality they are, the more the ring will cost. Before discussing all the options, it will be worth having an upper spending limit in mind. This way, you won’t be disappointed by finding the ‘perfect’ engagement ring only to realise you cannot afford it.

Consider Buying Together

This is not for everyone but if you really don’t know what sort of ring your partner would like, then you can borrow a ring to propose and choose the engagement rings(s) you both want later. A surprising number of couples do this these days. While you’re at it, you can always have your wedding bands designed for you by us, too.