Thinking of popping the question to your other half? In this article, Jack Jahan from jewellery experts Ramsdens Jewellery shares his top tips for choosing the perfect engagement ring for the main man in your life.
An engagement ring is one of the most meaningful pieces of jewellery that anyone can receive. While for hundreds of years engagement rings have been largely only given to women, the tide is finally turning on this tradition.
Jewellery has become a permanent fixture for any stylish man’s wardrobe, and more men are wearing engagement rings than ever before. In fact, the shopping platform Lyst has found that demand for ‘male engagement rings’ is up 39% year-on-year (Evening Standard). Plus, a number of high profile stars have been spotted sporting engagement rings, including Ed Sheeran, Johnny Depp and Michael Bublé.
As great as it is that men are finally getting to experience the joy of receiving engagement rings, the process of finding the perfect one can sometimes seem overwhelming. There’s less advice available for buying the right engagement ring for a male partner, so it can be difficult to know where to start. To make the process a little easier for you, here are some of the most important things to consider when purchasing a ‘mengagement’ ring.
Think About Your Partner's Style
To choose a ring that they’ll love wearing everyday, it’s a good idea to think about how it will fit in with their overall style. For example, if your partner wears a lot of vibrant colours and eclectic patterns, then a large and elaborate ring with a coloured gem will likely appeal to them. If they have more of a minimalist style on the other hand, they may prefer a classic simple band with a diamond in the middle.
It’s also important to consider how the ring will fit in with their other jewellery, if they wear it. Look at the colour and style of the rest of their jewellery collection and consider how your chosen ring will fit in. You should also pay close attention to the jewellery they already have when choosing a metal for your ring, as this may indicate whether they have a preference for gold or silver-toned pieces.
Consider Your Partner's Lifestyle
While this factor may not seem relevant when choosing an engagement ring, it’s actually an extremely important point to consider. If your fiancé-to-be has an extremely active lifestyle and is always on the go, simple and smooth bands are the best option, as they won’t get caught and damaged. They’ll also have less nooks and crannies for dirt to hide in, making it easier to keep them clean.
It’s also important to consider the setting of the stone, if you choose to have one. If your partner has to use their hands a lot at work, for example when typing, sewing, or using tools, then it’s a good idea to avoid upraised stones which can become damaged if not treat well. Instead, opt for a secure bezel setting with the stone embedded in the band.
Go for Something Classic
This ring is one that your partner is going to cherish for the rest of their life, so it needs to stand the test of time. While it can be tempting to choose a ring based on current trends, it’s often best to stick to classic pieces so that the ring doesn’t easily fall out of fashion. As well as having a longer life than any trend-led piece, it’s often easier to find jewellery and accessories that will complement timeless styles, which will make it easier for your partner to accessorise in the future too!
In terms of classic ‘mengagement’ ring styles, they tend to be on the minimalist side. Simple bands made of platinum, gold, and silver are always a popular choice. If this is sounds too plain for your significant other, opt for a band set with a diamond or coloured gemstone, such as an emerald or a ruby.
Of course, as is the case with any piece of jewellery, what matters most is that the wearer loves the aesthetic. If you think that your partner would want something a bit flashier, don’t be afraid to push the boat out and try something different instead.
Whatever ring style, size, or shape you choose, the most important thing is to make sure that the jewellery is top quality. As high-quality rings are incredibly durable, it is something that can be passed down for generations. They also look much better than a cheap alternative, which can easily lose its appeal and sparkle. Plus, poor quality jewellery can cause skin irritation, which is the last thing you want to happen with such an important ring!
While a quality ‘mengagment’ ring may sound like too much of an expense, this doesn’t have to be the case. To stretch your budget further and get better value for your money, consider buying a pre-owned ring. This is a great way to get high quality materials without the huge price tag, and you may even discover some more unique pieces too by shopping in vintage collections.
Buying a ‘mengagement’ ring may seem like a daunting task, but it can actually be quite simple. If you consider the tips above before you start your search, you should find the perfect ring for your fiancé-to-be in no time.