Choosing diamond and gemstone rings that are right for you or for the person that you are buying them for can be incredibly difficult.
With so many different options in so many different designs, with different precious metals and different coloured stones, it can be very daunting to choose the right ring. If you are choosing a ring for another person for example an engagement ring, your task will seem even more difficult.
However, there are several tips and steps that you can take to ensure that you make the right choice.
If you are choosing a ring for someone else:
- Consider the occasion
If you are buying an engagement ring then you will probably be swayed by a diamond ring as diamonds are traditionally used on engagement rings. You do not, however, have to stick to tradition but it may be a good idea to take it into consideration.
For a promise ring, a smaller, low key ring with a meaningful element (like a gemstone the colour of your or your partner’s birthstone) may be nice. For an eternity ring, the typical design is a thicker ring with stone set all the way around.
A wedding ring is generally a plain band but many people prefer to wear more ornamental rings. However, a diamond or gemstone ring is a wonderful gift for a loved one for any special occasion.
- Think back to previous discussions about jewellery
Have you ever heard the individual discussing jewellery before? For example, have you heard them say that big, chunky jewellery does not suit them? Or have you heard them talking about a friend’s or celebrity’s ring that they really admired? It is a good idea to keep these valuable titbits in mind when you are choosing diamond and gemstone rings for someone.
- Consider the individual’s skin tone, eye and hair colour
Rings are made in many different precious metals, but the two main colours include yellow gold and white gold, platinum or silver. A yellow gold ring may better suit an individual with dark hair, eyes and a darker or golden skin tone.
However, silver, platinum or white gold looks wonderful on lighter haired, lighter skinned individuals with blue, green or grey eyes. The gemstone that you choose should also suit the individual. Yellow stones can be very draining on some individuals while dark colours like ruby red or garnet green may be too strong on other women.
The most popular precious stone is the diamond as it suits any skin tone or colouring, but sapphires are also very popular, especially on women with lighter hair and eyes.
- Look into the meaning of the different precious stones
Many of the precious stones are symbolic of certain meanings.
The individual that you are giving the ring to may appreciate a ring with their birth stone (a great gift for birthdays) and in traditional situations, many people would appreciate the traditional stone linked to them (for example, a diamond for an engagement ring rather than another precious stone).
- Think about the price and your budget
It is essential to get a ring that fits your budget. Over spending will never help in a situation like this. Choose silver as a cheaper option to white gold, or white gold as a cheaper option to silver, and go for a smaller diamond or precious stone. Even smaller stones can look spectacular in the right design and setting.
If you are choosing a ring for yourself:
- Consider your colouring
As above, consider whether the ring would look good against your skin, hair and eyes.
- Learn the meaning of the different precious stones
Choosing your birthstone or the birthstone of a loved one may make your ring even more special.
- Think about the type of design that you would like
There are many amazing ring designers who can design any piece of jewellery to your specifications or to represent something about you. It is a good idea to explore your options.