Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

If you are planning to propose you’ll want a ring that will forever represent your bond, so it needs to be a good one! Buying the perfect ring is no joke, there is a lot riding on this not to mention a sizeable chunk of your hard-earned cash. Here are our tips for making sure you get it spot on:

  1. Do Your Research

Try to figure out which type of rings your partner prefers and the colour & style of jewellery they usually wear so you can try to pick something that will fit in well. Remember to get a ring that can be worn easily with a wedding ring.

2. Ask for Help

No-one expects you to do this completely blind and most people will be totally happy (maybe even excited!) to help. Ask your partners best friend, mother, sisters or maybe even your own parents for help in choosing the perfect ring.

3. Budget

Before you step into a jeweller, set a budget and stick to it. How much you spend is a personal matter and should be based on your earnings and savings. Don’t put yourself into serious debt for a piece of jewellery.

4. Know the 4 C’s

You have probably never bought an engagement ring in your life and this will (hopefully!) be the only one you’ll have to. You wouldn’t buy a car without checking under the bonnet, so you shouldn’t buy a diamond without knowing everything about it first. It’s worth brushing up on the 4 C’s, Cut, Clarity, Colour & Carat. Ask to see the diamond certificate to make sure it’s the real deal.

5. Ring Size

A pretty obvious one, but one that people tend to forget about, is your partner’s ring size. If you want to surprise them you have to be sneaky. We don’t mean leaving a ring sizer around the house or trying to measure while they are asleep, simply bring a ring they usually wear for a rough estimate at ring size.

6. Don’t Panic Buy

Take your time when deciding what to buy. Start shopping months before you plan to propose to ensure you have enough time to choose wisely. Try to avoid the Christmas and Valentine’s Day shopping rush. Don’t feel pressured while in the store either, a good sales assistant will give you all of the time you need.

7. Alternatives

A diamond may not be her best friend after all. If you think your partner would prefer a coloured stone, a stone-less ring or maybe a different type of jewellery altogether, ask your jeweller for advice. Make sure you ask for a stone that will weather well and last as long as your happy marriage!

8. Remember…

You don’t have to do this alone! You could propose with a cheaper ‘dummy’ ring and go shopping together after you propose. This is especially helpful if you are planning to have a bespoke ring made.


If you are looking for the perfect wedding location to match the perfect ring, book a visit to the stunning Tulfarris Hotel. Contact our dedicated and talented wedding team to talk through your options. Happy shopping!