How to Choose the Best Diamond Ring for Your Proposal

Choosing the best diamond ring is crucial to perfecting the moment when proposing to your partner. The ring you choose should symbolise the love and commitment you have for your partner. They are most likely to wear this ring every day, showing it off to their friends and family, so it's important to explore your options and find the perfect one that will not only stand the test of time but reflect your admiration for someone you intend to spend your entire life with.

This guide will provide valuable insights on choosing the best diamond ring for your proposal from our exquisite diamond jewellery collection. With our expert guidance and exceptionally crafted pieces, you can be sure to find a beautiful and timeless diamond ring that your partner will cherish forever.

How the 4C’s Relate to Style

With their importance, choosing a diamond engagement ring can be a daunting task; with so many options available, we recommend using the 4C’s to filter your options and successfully find the perfect choice. The 4C's of diamond jewellery is a set of criteria used to evaluate the quality and value of a diamond, and here's what they stand for:

  • Cut refers to the diamond's proportions, symmetry, and polish, which affect its brilliance and fire. This is an excellent choice if your partner values brilliance and sparkle.
  • Clarity refers to the diamond's internal and external flaws, or inclusions and blemishes, which can affect its transparency and beauty. For example, diamonds with high clarity will have higher transparency to them.
  • Carat Weight refers to the diamond's size, measured in carats, which can affect its rarity and cost. For example, larger diamonds will have a much higher-carat weight.
  • Colour refers to the diamond's hue, ranging from colourless to light yellow or brown, affecting its brightness and desirability. When considering aesthetics, exploring the colour grade is important and may affect your chosen ring metal.

When choosing an engagement ring, understanding the 4C's will help you find a diamond that suits your partner's style and preferences.

Choosing the Diamonds Shape

When choosing the best engagement ring, the shape refers to the overall geometry of the diamond and elements such as brilliance will be unique to specific forms. Below are the most popular diamond shapes to choose from.

  • Round diamonds are the most popular and classic choice, known for their brilliance and versatility.
  • Princess diamonds are square or rectangular in shape, with pointed corners and a modern look.
  • Cushion diamonds have a soft, rounded shape and vintage appeal.
  • Emerald diamonds have a rectangular shape with step-cut facets that showcase the diamond's clarity.
  • Pear diamonds have a teardrop shape that elongates the finger and adds a touch of elegance.
  • Oval diamonds have a similar brilliance to round diamonds but with a unique elongated shape.
  • Marquise diamonds have a pointed, boat-like shape that creates a striking effect.
  • Heart diamonds have a romantic and symbolic shape but can be difficult to find in high-quality cuts.

Ultimately, the choice of diamond shape depends on what you feel in your heart is the perfect choice to represent your and your partner’s love for each other. We recommend visiting us at our London store to view our incredible collection of diamond rings in person.

Should You Add Additional Gemstones?

Some people choose rings with additional gemstones to enhance their beauty and meaning. One popular reason is to include gemstones corresponding to the wearer's birth month or their loved ones. Birthstones can add a personal touch to the ring and make it more meaningful, but it should be noted that diamonds are also a birthstone for April. Another option is to include accent stones, such as sapphires, emeralds, or rubies, which can complement the diamond and add a pop of colour to the ring. If you don’t want additional gemstones but desire more colour, another way to achieve this is to consider the metal on your engagement ring.

Choosing the Right Metal

The most popular metals for engagement rings are platinum, gold, and white gold.

  • Platinum is a naturally white and hypoallergenic metal, so it doesn't require rhodium plating like white gold. However, it is also the most expensive metal option.
  • Gold is a classic choice that comes in different shades (yellow, rose, and white), carats (14k and 18k), and prices. Yellow gold has a warm and traditional look, while rose gold has a romantic and trendy appeal.
  • White gold is a popular alternative to platinum with a similar look but is more affordable. However, it may require rhodium plating every few years to maintain its whiteness which should be considered before making your final selection.

Each metal type has its pros and cons, so it's important to consider your budget, style, and lifestyle when choosing. At New Cavendish Jewellers, we offer a wide range of diamond jewellery in different metals, including our high-quality range of diamond engagement rings, such as this example, which combines platinum and 18ct yellow gold.

This Certificated Diamond Three Stone Engagement Ring features a brilliant cut diamond with tapered baguette cut side diamonds set in a platinum head and 18ct yellow gold shank. The centre diamond is a 0.71ct F VS1 Anchor Certified Diamond, a testament to its high quality and authenticity. The three-stone design is classic and timeless, representing your relationship's past, present, and future.

The combination of platinum and yellow gold creates a beautiful contrast that enhances the brilliance of the diamonds and is an attractive and elegant choice for your planned engagement and is sure to be treasured for a lifetime.

Timeless Diamond Engagement Rings at New Cavendish Jewellers

So, now that you have a better idea of how to find that important ring, you can explore our stunning selection of diamond engagement rings on finance on our website or visit our London store to see them in person and find that perfect piece.

At New Cavendish Jewellers, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of diamond rings that cater to different tastes and styles and our team of experts is always available to discuss your preferences. Whether you're looking for a timeless and elegant design or a unique and personalised ring, we have something for everyone. So, contact us today to start your journey towards finding the perfect diamond ring.