Engagement rings have existed way back since Roman times.
They are worn on the left hand as it was believed that a vein ran directly from the third finger of the left hand to the heart.
The precious metal worn on that very important finger were seen as a visual reminder of a pledge that may not be broken.
It wasn’t until the 15th century that diamonds began to feature on engagement rings among the wealthy aristocracy of Europe, and they have been in favour ever since.
Like most things, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to buying an engagement ring.
By the time you get to the point of proposing, you should have a good idea of your lady-love’s personality.
Is she the type who wants to be swept away with the romance of it all and be presented with a ring?
Or does she have firm opinions on what she likes and doesn’t like, and would like to be involved in the process?
In days gone by it was the male perogative to select the ring, either purchasing one, or using one that was passed down through the family.
These days, more couples choose rings together after they have betrothed themselves to each other.
A man may choose to propose with a temporay ring, an unset cut diamond or a bunch of flowers.
That temporary ring – in true Kiwi style it might be the tear tab off a beer can or something stylishly plastic from a $2 shop.
The happy couple then researches and chooses together, secure in the knowledge that both parties are happy with the end result.
This is also helpful when heirloom jewellery is used in the creation of the ring – it’s always nice to get a ‘yes’ before melting down granddad’s signet ring.
If you do decide to take the bull by the horns and choose a ring yourself, there a few things to keep in mind.
•Take note of her personal style – if you have heard her mention that she doesn’t like solitare rings, have a look at styles that have inset stones instead.
•Diamonds are traditional, but there are many other stones that can be used – does she like diamonds, or would she prefer a vibrant emerald?
•Keep your ears open when she is commenting on friends’ rings
•Ask her friends and family for advice
•What do you like? Your opinion is important too.
Choosing an engagement ring is a big decision, and often the first significant item of jewellery purchased by either a prospective fiancée or a couple.
Getting great advice is important – the team at Village Jeweller love sharing their knowledge and time when it comes to helping you make the right choice.