How To Buy The Perfect Gold Ring
As one of the most personal and sentimental types of jewellery, gold rings are highly popular amongst both men and women. They’re suitable for almost every occasion, from proposing with a gold engagement ring to exchanging wedding bands after saying ‘I do’, to wearing as a stylish piece for the office or an event.
Gold rings also come in an incredible variety of styles; with some of the most popular women’s rings including diamond cocktail and gemstone eternity rings; and some of the most popular men’s rings including saddle and Claddagh rings.
Whether you’re looking for a luxury diamond design for a loved one or a chunky gold style to add to your personal collection, check out our guide on how to find the perfect gold ring.
Budget is arguably the most important consideration when it comes to buying any piece of jewellery, but especially a ring. Your budget will determine what styles, metal types and gemstones you can or cannot afford, so it’s crucial to consider price.
It’s likely you already have a loose budget in mind if you’re planning to buy your ring with cash or debit, but if you’re buying jewellery on finance, this may be more difficult. We recommend working backwards by calculating how much you can afford to repay each month, which should help you to determine the total amount that you can spend.
Next, it’s important to consider what type of occasion(s) you’re buying the ring for. Of course, if you’re buying for a marriage proposal, then this part will be easy enough. But with so many styles, there are many other occasions that you might want to buy a gold ring for, including: birthdays, remembering loved ones, marking a special event or anniversary, or even simply for casual day-to-day wear.
When it comes to buying gold rings, it’s so easy to make the mistake of choosing the first design that you set your eyes upon. But, after spending time browsing dozens of different designs, it’s likely that you’ll start to take a preference to certain styles of rings.
Once you know the styles that you like, you’ll be able to carry out far more targeted searches and have a better chance of finding your perfect ring. The styles that we mentioned in the introduction are a good place to start, but other popular options include solid gold mounts, diamond cluster and heavy keeper rings.
Where you choose to buy your ring from can impact a range of things such as price, the selection of styles available and even the production quality. Whilst there are many benefits to buying jewellery in-store, online jewellers can often provide a more affordable like-for-like price than a high street jewellery chain.
When shopping, it’s also important to consider the reputation of your seller, whether buying online or in-store. Checking out a jeweller’s reviews on a reliable site like Trustpilot is usually a good way to get a sense of their reputation.
The type of metal you choose for your ring often comes down to personal taste. The most common type of metal used is yellow gold, a metal that is known for being timeless and matching almost any outfit. However, other types of metal are also becoming increasingly popular.
Rose gold has a coppery-hue and is often used for engagement rings and wedding bands due to its association with romance, although it can be used for all types. While white gold is very popular as an alternative to platinum due to its appearance and affordability.
When buying any form of gemstone jewellery, a popular tradition is to choose a piece that features your birthstone. Historically associated with the signs of the zodiac, there’s a birthstone for each month of the year; believed to bring the owner good fortune, amongst other benefits, with its abilities enhanced when worn during the birth month.
Aside from birthstones and traditional diamonds, other popular gemstone rings include rubies, sapphires and cubic zirconia. The latter is highly popular in iced out hip hop jewellery, and is often used as an affordable alternative to natural diamonds.
When buying a gold ring for the first time, people can be thrown off by having to work out what size they need. Thankfully, it’s actually fairly straightforward to work out—all you need is a bit of string!
To find your ring size, simply wrap the string around the finger in question, at the position that you would wear your ring, and mark it with a pen. From here, measure your piece of string and convert it into the right size using the chart below.
If you’re buying the ring for someone else, you’ll be relieved to hear there are several tricks you can use to easily find their size too!
Last but certainly not least, it’s important to consider any optional extras that you may want with your gold ring. One of the most popular examples of this is professional engraving; particularly when buying an engagement ring or if you’ll be giving as a gift, having a sentimental message or a special date engraved on it can add that much-needed personal touch.
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